Cartersville, Cass win region matchups, extend win streaks
by David Royal
Jan 09, 2013 | 318 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville won the battle of the unbeatens in region play as it outscored Gordon Central, 65-48, in boys high school basketball play Tuesday.

The victory improved the record of the Purple Hurricanes to 15-0, 5-0 in the region, while Gordon Central fell to 7-6 overall and 4-1 in the region.

Cartersville held a 17-9 lead after a quarter of play, then moved out to a 34-27 lead at the game’s midway point. The Canes stretched their lead to 51-38 after three quarters and outscored their hosts 14-10 in the final frame.

Mike Tobin, Cartersville coach, said Gordon Central was a tough regional foe, as expected. “We held them to 9 points in the first quarter but they doubled their total in the second.”

He said Gordon Central played well defensively in the second period and Cartersville was challenged.

“We probably had the most turnovers we’d had all year,” he said. “We didn’t do a good job taking care of the ball.”

The Canes turned it around though.

“We had a big spurt at the end of third quarter, going 8-0,” Tobin said. “After that, we started to pull away from them a little bit.

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Cass 54, Gilmer 51

Cass spotted Gilmer County 12 points early, fought back to take the lead in the third quarter and then scrapped the rest of the way to claim its fourth victory of the season Tuesday night in boys high school basketball.

Gilmer entered the evening with a 14-2 overall record while Cass was a mere 3-12.

Cass extended its win streak to two games.

The Bobcats had taken a 15-3 lead in the first quarter but the Colonels responded with a 7-3 run to close to 17-10 after a full period of play. Both teams tallied 14 points in the second quarter, entering the break 31-24, but Cass outscored Gilmer 15-7 in the third quarter, to take the lead at 39-38.

The two teams swapped the lead the rest of the way until Christian Darden drove down the lane with 30.9 seconds showing to break a 51-51 tie in favor of a 53-51 lead. Darden then sank a foul shot to put the Colonels up 54-51.

Gilmer sped the ball down court and took four shots at the goal from 3-point land in the final half minute of play but could not get the ball and net to cooperate.

Coach Greg Scott said the Bobcats gave it their best effort in the closing seconds to win.

“They’d take a shot, rebound it and then kick it back out for another 3-point shot,” he said. “They’d then get the rebound and kick it out, too. The ball seemed to bounce everywhere that we weren’t and where they were.”

Scott said Cass paid for getting off to a slow start.

“We came out and played a little lethargically,” he said. “We weren’t moving on defense and weren’t attacking the glass. We sort of went through the motions the first few minutes.”

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