Cass, Woodland win
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Freshman Jana Morning sank two free throws with 12 seconds left and Cass held on to half of the four-point lead her shots provided and outlasted Gordon Central to claim its first victory of the season Friday night, 45-43.

Also victorious was Woodland, which opened its season under new coach Kyle Morgan by handing region foe New Manchester a 53-48 defeat.

Cass 45, Gordon Central 43

Rejiyah Burley led the way for Cass with 15 points and Imani Whitfield dropped in 9 points for the road victory.

Cass led most of the second half but the Lady Warriors stayed close.

“We’d get a lead of four or five points and they’d close it up on us. It was pretty much nip and tuck the whole second half,” head Cass coach Jamie Horton said.

The Lady Colonels led early in the contest, earning a 10-point lead in the second quarter, but Gordon Central refused to yield on its home court and tied the contest at 22-all at the break.

The victory improved Cass’ record to 1-1 on the season.

The Lady Colonels play again today when they visit cross-county rival Adairsville. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. in the matchup with the Lady Tigers. It will be their third road game of the season.

The loss dropped Gordon Central’s record to 0-2. The Lady Warriors next play Tuesday, when they entertain Chattooga.

Woodland 53, New Manchester 48

Sydney Boyd scored 15 points and Aubri Branch brushed the nets for 10 points to help lead Woodland past New Manchester in a close-scoring affair.

The Lady Wildcats grabbed 12 more rebounds than their foes on the way to victory lane.

“We had to fight the whole game and really execute down the stretch,” Morgan said. “I’m really proud of the girls for the way they played. It took everyone pulling together to pull out the win.”

Three Lady Wildcats fouled out, and Woodland had to overcome those losses to collect its victory at its home court.

The Lady Wildcats broke on top in their game against New Manchester, racing out to a 15-7 lead. They dropped 12 points through the net in the second quarter against 8 for the Lady Jaguars to go ahead 27-15 at the break.

New Manchester started fighting back in the second half, outscoring Woodland 12-7 to close to 34-27. In the final quarter, the home team tallied 21 points while allowing 19 to account for the final score.

“In the fourth quarter New Manchester cut the lead to one or two points but to our girls’ credit, they played hard and stuck with our game when things weren’t necessarily going our way.”

New Manchester scored 38 of their points at the charity stripe.

“We were a little careless with our fouling and let them score on us,” Morgan said. “We’d like to do a little better with that.”

Still, Morgan said, starting the season with a region victory speaks well for the Lady Wildcats.

“It’s a good start to our season, and hopefully we’ll get better as the season progresses,” he said.

Also scoring for Woodland were Ayrianna Metcalf, 8 points, Katie Harris, 8; Marissa Dubose, 7; Katie Cheek, 2, and Brooke Hummel, 2.

Woodland returns to the hardwood Wednesday, when it plays in a tournament at Southeast Whitfield.