Big night for Cartersville basketball
by Staff Report
Feb 16, 2013 | 1525 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes rebounded from their season-ending loss to defeat Ringgold, 64-56, Friday night in the Region 5-AAA semifinals.

The Canes will play North Murray tonight to see who wins the region championship.

“It’s not going to be easy beating one team three times during the year, but that is what we are facing against the Mountaineers.” Cartersville coach Mike Tobin said.

Tobin was pleased that the Canes, but not the way they played.

“We are still giving up way too many points on defense,” he said.

The Cartersville coach was most happy that his team earned a spot in the Class AAA state playoffs with their win over Ringgold.

“While we are happy to be in the state playoffs by no means are we looking ahead to next week,” Tobin said. “We want to win the 5-AAA region championship first.”

Lady Canes 63, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 39

When there is a Will, as in a healthy Stefanie Will, there will always be a way for the Cartersville Lady Purple Hurricanes to maintain their hopes of winning this year’s Region 5-AAA championship.

Having missed three of the last four regular season games due to an ankle injury, Will displayed no signs of discomfort running or shooting Friday night against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.

The Lady Warriors probably wished she had, as Will poured in a game-high 24 points in leading the Lady Canes past LFO, 63-39, in the semifinal round of the 5-AAA region tournament.

“Stefanie had a great game for us, while everybody played superb defense in the second half,” said coach Cindy Moore, minutes before turning her attention to who Cartersville (18-7) would play for the region championship.

As it turned out, it will be Sonoraville after the Phoenix beat North Murray in the second semifinal game played at Sonoraville High School.

Sonoraville’s victory sets up a battle between the top two seeds of the tournament which begins at 7 p.m.

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