In Adairsville, the Lady Tigers handled the pressure late and claimed a 61-45 victory over the Lady Colonels.
Coach Meredith Barnhill said the Lady Tigers, 2-0, stuck to sound fundamental play — taking care of the ball and making good passes — and that helped them pull away and outscore Cass 25 to 13 in the final frame. That allowed them to turn a 36-32 third-quarter lead into a comfortable victory over their cross-county rivals.
Adairsville held a 11-9 lead after a quarter, but the Lady Colonels came back in the second frame and turned it into a 24-23 margin.
Barnhill said the Lady Tigers took better care of the ball in the third quarter and that enabled them to take back the lead, at 36-32.
“We came out strong in the third and fourth quarter,” she said. “I talked to our team about sticking with what we do well. We pressed them better, and we also did a better job handling their pressure.”
Once Adairsville took better care of the ball, the Lady Tigers started putting the game out of reach.
“We continued to play hard and do what we know how to do,” Barnhill said. “As the game went on, our fundamental play got us to where we wanted to go.”
She said the team also made some adjustments to the Cass pressure. “We tried to stay out of the corners on their press.”
Barnhill said Cass changed its pressure frequently, into a man-to-man and then to a zone and back.
“We did a good job adjusting to their changes late,” she said.
Mallorie Collum led the Lady Tigers with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
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