Cass Colonels still in search of elusive first win
by Andrew Adler
Dec 07, 2012 | 932 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The late John Wooden, legendary basketball coach of the UCLA Bruins, was once quoted as saying, “It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”

For coach Greg Scott finding players who can both start and finish strong could very well turn into a season-long process for the Cass Colonels boys’ basketball team.

Already 0-for-November, coach Scott was hoping for a fresh start in December starting with the Colonels’ contest against the Woodland Wildcats and the LaFayette Ramblers last week.

Against the Wildcats, Cass fell behind by 10 points heading into the second quarter before tying the game up early in the fourth quarter — only to see the game slip away at the end thanks to Woodland’s 11-0 run. The Colonels’ are still looking for that elusive first win following the Ramblers’ 55-54 victory. Coach Scott is hoping that losing streak comes to an end this weekend as Cass travels to Northwest Whitfield tonight and hosts Cartersville Saturday.

“We lost to Woodland because we didn’t have anything left in the tank after expending all that energy trying to come back,” Scott said. “Plus, what you saw is how we have been playing thus far. This is a team that struggles to score points.”

Scott’s blunt assessment of his Colonels emanates from a seasoned basketball coach who is proud to wear the blue-and-white colors of Cass and who also bleeds Kentucky blue.

“For as long as I can remember, I have always been a Kentucky Wildcat fan,” he said.

His long-time association with a winning basketball tradition makes having to endure his team’s slow start that much more frustrating.

Three seasons ago, the Colonels were 20-7 overall and lost in the second round of the Region 7-AAAA playoffs. The following season, Cass was 21-9 overall and made it all the way to the Sweet 16 of the Class AAAA state playoffs before losing to Rockdale County.

Since then, it has been a struggle to duplicate the success enjoyed during the 2008-2009 and 2010-2011 seasons.

Coming off a 14-13 season last year, Scott anticipated that the 2012-2013 season would be quite the challenge.

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