The Lady Colonels had slipped out to a 16-14 lead at the break, but the Lady Tigers outscored Cass by five points in the third quarter to take a 24-21 lead then tacked on 16 points while allowing 11 in the final frame.
Adairsville opened the final quarter with a pair of 3-pointers — one by Julia Roberson and the second by Mallory Bramblett — to ramp up the score to 30-22 and give the Lady Tigers some scoreboard breathing room.
Octavia Pendleton responded with a bucket to pull Cass within six — 30-24 — but Stephanie Kuhrt answered with her own bucket followed by a free throw from Cassidy Howren for a 33-24 margin in favor of the Lady Tigers.
Cass High’s Ashley Huskins answered with two buckets sandwiched around a free throw while Adairsville countered with a Mallorie Collum bucket and free throw that sank after two free throws by Victoria Davis to make the scoreboard tally 37-29.
Adairsville’s final three points came courtesy of a free throw by Collum and two by Kuhrt while Cass tallied its final points on with a free throw by Savanna Hutchins and a game-closing bucket by Pendleton.
Adairsville coach Meredith Barnhill said the Lady Tigers responded better after the break.
“We did a better job taking what they gave us,” she said. “Cass got into some foul trouble and had to make some substitutions and we just took advantage of some of the opportunities we had.
“We shot the ball better in the second half. That did help out a lot.”
Jamie Horton said Adairsville was able to execute with the game on the line.
“Our girls did exactly what we wanted. That was the game plan, offensively and defensively to be patient. We got looks. We didn’t finish them sometimes but we got enough looks.”
He said Cass played well defensively.
“When you hold somebody to 40 points, you expect to win,” he said. “We just didn’t convert enough times but as far as following the game plan and listening and doing what we said, they did. Sometimes things just don’t roll your way.”
Barnhill praised the play of the Lady Tigers, too.
“Kelsy Hice did a good job coming off the bench and got some big rebounds and handled some defensive pressure well. I was proud of how she played today.”
Cartersville 77, Cedartown 29
After a tough holiday tournament in which Cartersville lost two of its three games, the Lady Purple Hurricanes have began the second half of the season with two straight wins.
Fresh off a 62-41 win over Coahulla Creek the night before, Cartersville continued its winning ways with a 77-29 victory over Cedartown Saturday night at the Storm Center.
Prior to its two-game weekend schedule, Cartersville was a below .500 team. Not anymore as the Lady Canes improved to 7-6 overall with their win over Coahulla Creek and by scoring 27 points in the first and third quarters against Cedartown.
“It’s always nice to get a big lead, but as a coach you begin to worry about something bad happening in a game like this,” Cartersville coach Cindy Moore said. “I’m just glad this game is behind us.”
Darlington 81, Excel 29
Coach Michael Roberson pretty much knew what the final outcome would be when the Excel Lady Eagles took the court against Darlington Saturday night. But that did not stop Excel’s girls’ coach from encouraging his Lady Eagles to play their best.
“They [the Lady Tigers] are a top-10 ranked team,” Roberson said. “All we could do was execute our game the best we could.”
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