Morgan Jones provided much of the offensive muscle for the Lady Canes, hitting three big free throws in the fourth quarter and leading them with 17 points.
Stephanie Kuhrt led the Lady Tigers with 16.
“That was probably a career high for Morgan,” Cartersville coach Cindy Moore said. “She has gained a lot of experience this season, and it’s paying off for us now. She’s been doing some good things for us.”
Adairsville coach Meredith Barnhill said she got the effort she wanted out of the Lady Tigers but not the result.
“We played well,” she said. “We played well in the fourth quarter, we just couldn’t score.
“We executed our defensive game plan,” she said. “Limiting Cartersville to 47 points, it gives you a chance to win against them. We did that. I told the girls I was proud of the way they played. I was proud of their effort. It was one of those games that could have gone either way.”
Adairsville’s Kuhrt opened scoring with a bucket a minute and a half into the game, and Kaelyn Irby answered 15 seconds later to knot the score at 2-all. The teams then each sank a bucket to tie the game, then Cartersville used a free throw by Jazmine Baldwin to take a 5-4 lead. That score lasted only half a minute before Julia Roberson hit a 3-pointer to take the lead back at 7-5 for Adairsville.
After Cartersville’s Morgan Woods evened the score a minute later, Jones hit her first bucket of the night and Cartersville had a 9-7 lead to close the first period.
Adairsville opened the second period with an 11-7 run to claim an 18-16 lead. The Lady Canes responded with a 10-7 run for a 26-25 margin at the game’s halfway point.
Adairsville started the third quarter with a 5-3 run for a 30-29 lead before Jones snatched a rebound off the offensive backboard and made good on the team’s second chance to score for a 31-30 lead. Adairsville snatched the lead right back off a 3-pointer by Cassidy Howren and a deuce by Kuhrt, to go up 35-31.
Jones hit a deuce that was followed by a 2-point shot by Irby to tie the game back up. Jones then sank a 2-pointer after clearing the offensive boards yet again to give the Canes a lead they would never relinquish, at 37-35.
Adairsville did close the gap one last time on a foul shot by Victoria Davis to trail, 37-36, after three quarters.
Cartersville opened the final quarter with a 7-0 run, earning a 44-36 lead through three free throws by Jones and buckets by Woods and Hallie Wachsmuth. Kuhrt scored Adairsville’s final four points, one at the foul line and a 3-pointer, while Irby added a bucket and Baldwin a free throw for the final three points for the Lady Canes.
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