Cartersville was led by Kaelyn Kirby, who pumped 22 points through the nets for the Lady Canes, and Stefanie Will, who sank 11 points.
The point guard opened scoring for Cartersville with a steal and drove to the goal for an easy layup. Cartersville stretched that 3-point lead to 7 by the end of the first quarter, when it was up 14-7.
Armuchee struck back through its defensive play in the second period by holding Cartersville to four points while scoring 10 and trailed the Bartow school 18-17 at the game’s halfway point.
Cartersville responded offensively in the third quarter and outscored the Lady Indians 16-10 for a 34-27 lead after three periods of play. The Lady Canes dropped in 21 points in the final period while allowing 18 points to account for their 10-point margin of victory.
Coach Cindy Moore said the Lady Indians made things tough on Cartersville in the second period, but the Lady Canes hurt their own cause.
“We didn’t take care of the basketball and we didn’t execute on offense,” she said. “That helped them cut the lead to one point at halftime. We did that a couple of times in the second half, too.”
Cartersville outscored the Lady Indians 36-22 in the second half to pull away.
Moore said the Lady Indians refused to quit when they got behind. “Armuchee is a traditional power in Floyd County and they don’t quit and they don’t give up. When we got a nice lead, at times we got a little passive. That’s one of the things we have to get past. There are a lot of teams that don’t quit and lay down just because they get behind.”
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