However, the area tournament is a chance for the Lady Canes to continue their season and they took advantage of it Thursday by defeating Adairsville in three sets by scores of 25-16, 21-25 and 25-22.
“It was an exciting game,” Cartersville coach Camille Spradley said. “It was exciting just because it was a county game.
“It was a good one to watch.”
Cartersville lost to Sonoraville, the top seed in the area in the Lady Canes’ first match of the night. Sonoraville had not lost in area play this season and defeated Cartersville in two sets by scores of 25-12 and 25-9.
Still, Spradley’s team has its sights on making the state tournament and winning one match puts the team in a good position to accomplish that goal of finishing in the top four.
“We can do it because, [besides Sonoraville], all the other teams are very close in how competitive they are,” Spradley said. “It’s really a toss up.”
Cartersville has had success in its three matchups with Adairsville so far this season. The Lady Tigers finished fourth in the region, but had gone 0-3 against Cartersville. Thursday’s match was one of the closest and most exciting of the season.
“For some reason we just play better against other teams in our county,” Spradley said.
One of the reasons the Lady Canes play better against Adairsville is the team’s style of play. Cartersville is a strong offensive team and enjoys the opportunities it receives against the Lady Tigers.
“They are just really scrappy,” Spradley said of Adairsville. “They keep balls alive, which makes it fun offensively.”
Cartersville advances to the next round, but there are still two more games to win before it would qualify for the state tournament.
“The girls understand this is our last chance, and they see that they have a chance to redeem the season that we’ve had,” Spradley said.
The Lady Canes will play again Saturday.