The Cartersville girls basketball team slowly pulled away over four quarters to earn a decisive 58-36 road win Saturday over South Paulding in the team's season opener.
After taking a 17-11 lead after one period, the Canes (1-0) extended their advantage to nine points (29-20) by halftime and 15 (40-25) entering the fourth quarter.
Lehla Thomas helped Cartersville get out to the early lead, scoring eight of her team-high 12 points in the first quarter. The Canes had a fairly quiet second period, but a stifling defensive performance held the Spartans to single-digits in the quarter.
Cartersville truly started to put the game out of reach in the third quarter. Seniors Naijah Evans and Ariana Cochran had four points apiece in the stanza. The Canes wound up hitting 8 of 11 free throws, including a 5-for-6 showing by freshman Campbell Rogers, in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Cartersville will return to action next Saturday at Model.
Cass boys 71, Chattooga 54
The Cass boys used a 25-7 scoring advantage in the third quarter to blow open a tight game Saturday in tournament action at Chattooga.
After being tied 14-all after one quarter and carrying a slim 31-30 lead into halftime, the Colonels dominated the third period en route to a 71-54 victory over the tournament hosts.
Cass (3-2) knocked down four 3-pointers, including a pair by C.J. Pipkin, inside the opening eight minutes. Jordan Ford had two triples and eight of his 13 points in the second quarter to help the Colonels hold a narrow halftime advantage.
The 3-point barrage continued in the third quarter, as Cass upped its total to 11 makes from beyond the arc.
Andrew Glaze, who finished with eight points, had half of the Colonels' four 3s in the period; JaQuan Heard added five of his nine points in the stanza; and Pipkin, who wound up with 10 points, and Braxton Benham, who led the team with 16 points, each scored four points in the quarter.
Cass salted the game away at the line, hitting 6 of 8 free-throw attempts in the final period.
The Colonels will wrap up tournament play with out-of-state foe Fort Payne (Alabama) at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Chattooga.
Cass girls 71, Lithonia 39
Another day, another blowout win for the Cass girls basketball team. This time, Burt Jackson's group put on a dominant display in its home opener, rolling past Lithonia by a 71-39 final margin Friday night.
Londaisha Smith outscored the visitors in the opening stanza. The junior put up 15 of her game-high 19 points in the period to help the Colonels (3-0) take a healthy 28-6 lead into the second quarter.
Justice Bennett led the Cass offensive attack over the final eight minutes of the first half. The 5-foot-11 sophomore chipped in 10 of her 12 points during that time, as the Colonels cruised into the halftime interval up 47-13.
While Cass took its foot off the gas a bit during the second half, the Colonels' top players made sure the Bulldogs never threatened a comeback.
Ariana Hames sank two of her four 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Claire Davis poured in six points in the final stanza. Both players finished with 16 points.
Sophomore Haley Johnson ended up with just four points, but she did chip in with five steals.
Cass will be off until its Region 7-AAAAA opener against Kell at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Marietta.