Cass wins first game of season
by Andrew Adler
Dec 15, 2012 | 1157 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville's Roderic King (33) could only watch as Cartersville's Hakeem Winters (12) scores two of his eight points early in the first quarter. Winters and the Purple Hurricanes have won six straight with their 78-40 victory over the Tigers Friday night at the Storm Center. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Adairsville's Roderic King (33) could only watch as Cartersville's Hakeem Winters (12) scores two of his eight points early in the first quarter. Winters and the Purple Hurricanes have won six straight with their 78-40 victory over the Tigers Friday night at the Storm Center. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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The Cass Colonels won their first game of the season with their 63-54 victory at home over Heritage-Catoosa Friday night.

“It feels great to finally to win one,” Cass varsity boys coach Greg Scott said. “This was a game where we took a lead and took advantage of the prosperity that was given to us throughout the game.”

The Colonels’ broke their nine-game losing streak that dated back to the last game of the 2011-2012 season with their 26-point, third-quarter outburst.

Chris Darden, who found himself watching the game from the bench for much of the first half due to foul trouble, scored 16 of his team-high 19 points in the second half. Of those 19 points, seven came on free throws. Darius Thrower’s 15 points were a direct result of five 3-pointers, four of which occurred in the second half.

“It’s been a tough season, but our kids have been working hard to improve each game,” Scott said. “Nobody hung their heads during the losing streak. Frankly, the kids have maintained a very positive attitude. Tonight’s game showed what we are capable of when we play well.”

Cass led 15-13 after the first quarter, only to fall behind, 27-22, at halftime.

In the second half, “we came out strong, got some good looks and hit several key baskets,” Scott added.

That strong effort resulted in the Colonels’ outscoring Heritage-Catoosa, 26-11, in the third quarter.

The Colonels hope to make it two straight when it hosts Southeast Whitfield Tuesday night. After that, Cass won’t play again until the Callaway Christmas tournament to be held in late December.

Cartersville 78, Adairsville 40

Game number 6 of Cartersville’s opening season basketball schedule followed the same script Friday night against visiting Adairsville as in its first five games. That is, remove any suspense by opening up a double-digit first quarter lead and then play fast-break basketball until the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

It was 22-7 Purple Hurricanes after one quarter. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Cartersville (6-0, 3-0) was well on its way to a 78-40 victory.

For the Tigers, it was their second blowout loss in a row. They traveled to the Storm Center three days after losing to North Murray, 70-43.

“We just need to get better,” said Adairsville coach Kent Howard as he quickly exited the basketball court.

Whereas, Cartersville could use some competition as it prepares for next week’s holiday tournament.

The closest anybody has come to the Canes thus far has been the Rome Wolves. Cartersville won that game, 68-36.

Against the Tigers, the Canes were led by A.J. Moseby with a game-high 22 points, followed by T.L. Ford’s 16 points. Adairsville’s Dylan Lange scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the first half.

“It’s good to be playing basketball again,” said Ford, who spent the past 14 weeks playing wide receiver for the Canes’ football team. “The biggest adjustment I have to make is going from a game that is full of starts and stops to a game where you are constantly running.”

Ford scored eight of his 16 points in the first half.

Next up for Cartersville is the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Tournament that starts Monday.

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