Canes, Adairsville win heading into break, Woodland confident it can turn it around, Cass looks to shake second half blues
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Coach Mike Tobin and his Cartersville Purple Hurricanes are already enjoying their four-day break after winning seven straight games in 12 days.

The Hurricanes won four straight in winning the “Gold Ball” at the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival. The Canes (12-0) added to that streak by winning three straight at the recently concluded Pickens holiday tournament.

After two low-scoring contests against Fellowship Christian and Mundy’s Mill, the Canes’ offense came alive in their 91-63 victory over the Douglas County Tigers Saturday.

‘It was also a game where we played exceptionally well on defense,” Tobin said.

“Douglas County is a team that can put up a lot of points against you.”

Adairsville 52, Darlington 50

After hitting a slump heading into the holiday break, the Adairsville Tigers unwrapped a belated Christmas gift Saturday at Darlington as Dametrices Pitts’ turnaround jumper gave his ball club a 52-50 victory.

The win marked Adairsville’s first victory since Dec. 8 and seemed to be the sort of present its coach had been hoping for.

“Truthfully, all wins are good wins, but our program really needed this one coming out of the Christmas break,” Tigers coach Kent Howard said. “[I’m] just proud to get a win, period.”

Despite falling behind 13-8 at the end of the first quarter, Adairsville hung tight, pulling to within 26-23 by halftime.

The Tigers drew even closer in the third, outscoring Darlington for the second straight quarter as they trailed 38-36 heading into the fourth. There, Adairsville finally overcame the hosts, with Pitts breaking free of his own slump to lift his team out of its struggles with a dramatic victory.

North Clayton 56, Woodland 44

While the Woodland Wildcats only won one game at the Allatoona Lake City Classic, coach John Howard is hopeful that the stoic message he delivered to his starters in Game 2 will carry over into the second half of the season.

Nine region games are on tap in January for the Wildcats (5-8) who lost to the North Clayton Eagles 56-44 Saturday in Game 3 of the holiday tournament. On the last Friday of 2012, Howard chose to pull his starters due their lack of hustle and desire in Woodland’s victory over the Cambridge Bears.

“Will see,” said Howard, when asked if his starters fully understand the message their coach was trying to convey to them while they sat on the bench when the final horn sounded.

It must have as the first-year head coach of Woodland’s boys varsity basketball team watched his starters play with added intensity.

“We came out with a lot more fire,” Howard said. “I was extremely pleased with the way we played against North Clayton. The fact that we played them [the Eagles] close in the second half was an indication of how much we improved mentally and physically.”

The Wildcats won the third quarter, 12-11, and played their opponent to a draw, 13-13, in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, North Clayton (7-5) led 32-19 at halftime.

Owen County (Ky.) 47, Cass 40

Coach Greg Scott might as well have been singing the “second half blues” during the Colonels eight-hour bus ride back home from Belfry, Ky.

Playing in a holiday tournament hosted by Scott’s alma mater, Belfry High School, Cass led all three of its tournament opponents at halftime.

The Colonels led 29-26 at halftime before losing to the Belfry Pirates Thursday. The next night, Cass led 26-25 at halftime only to see the Maggofin County Pirates come back and win, 64-54. On Saturday, it was the same story against Owen County.

Cass was leading 20-17 at halftime.

“Then we came out as cold as this weather in the third quarter,” Scott said.

It was 31 degrees with a light snow falling at game time.

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