The Purple Hurricanes continued their success as they rolled through Adairville Friday night to make it four consecutive victories to open the season as Cartersville ran away in the first half of an 88-42 victory, this one against a region foe as well as cross-county rival.
Adairsville hung in the game early thanks to the playmaking of senior Tyler Washington, who finished with eight assists on the night.
However, Washington went to the bench four minutes into the game and fellow senior standout Sammie Frazier soon joined him after picking up two fouls on illegal screens.
Cartersville took advantage of their absence and went on a run.
Corey Tobin hit two 3s and A.J. Mosby caused several turnovers with his pressure defense against the Adairsville guards.
The Canes went on a 14-0 run before Washington was reinserted into the game and once again provided a playmaking lift to the Tigers to make the score 24-11 at the end of the first quarter in Cartersville’s favor.
Cartersville continued its strong play in the second quarter as Ryan Davis had eight in the period. Tobin hit two more 3s to finish with 10 points in the second.
With time running out in the first half, Bryce Gober drove through the Adairsville defense and connected on a running floater as time expired to give the Canes a 51-24 halftime lead.
The second half brought much of the same for Adairsville as Frazier picked up his third foul just 21 seconds into the third quarter with another illegal screen call.
Cartersville continued to increase its lead in the third and fourth quarters as each team pulled its starters with nearly three minutes remaining.
Frazier had five points and four rebounds in the third quarter and finished with five blocks in the game.
Tobin was the leading scorer for Cartersville with 23 points and added seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Davis finished with 17 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.
Cartersville will take on Hillgrove today at 2 p.m. in the Greater Atlanta Christian Showcase.
Adairsville’s next game will be Tuesday against Darlington in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival.