Head coach Mike Tobin said the Purple Hurricanes played well despite being pressed into action so often the past week, with three of those games coming as they plowed through the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival, which they won Friday.
“We had great energy and played four good quarters,” Tobin said. “It was especially impressive considering it was our fourth game in five days.
“We had a great atmosphere for the game. We had been concerned about our play because we played so many games last week.”
The Canes originally were scheduled to play Ringgold on Dec. 6 but the Tigers were involved in the state high school football playoffs at the time.
Cartersville opened the contest with an offensive burst, scoring 19 points in the first quarter while allowing just 11 by Ringgold. The Canes dropped in 22 points the second frame and held a commanding 41-21 lead at halftime.
The Canes stretched that margin a point in the third quarter with a 15-14 run for a 56-35 lead. They outscored their hosts, 20-7, the final period.
“Our kids played hard,” Tobin added.
A.J. Mosby led the Canes with 18 points. Corey Tobin and Hunter Benham also scored in double figures for Cartersville, dropping in 13 each.
Cartersville is now 8-1 overall and is 3-0 in Region 5-AAA. Ringgold dropped to 3-3 and 1-2 in its region.
The Canes return to the hardwood Friday, Dec. 27, when they play Pope at 5:30 p.m. in the Lake City Classic at Allatoona High School at 5:30 p.m. The tournament continues Saturday, Dec. 28, and Monday, Dec. 30.
Tobin said the Canes will be back at practice at 5:30 p.m. Monday, then take Tuesday and Wednesday off, and resume practice Thursday.
Lady Canes 56, Ringgold 39
Cartersville jumped out front early and used its huge advantage in rebounding to grab a 56-39 region win over Ringgold in girls high school basketball Saturday night.
The Lady Purple Hurricanes outrebounded the Lady Tigers 55-26 throughout the night.
Head coach Cindy Moore said the victory was even more impressive considering her players had a steady diet of basketball last week in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival, in which they finished third.
“We were glad to finish our third game in three days and move into a little bit of a break,” Moore said. “Our girls have played a lot of basketball and it’s been taxing mentally and physically.”
Cartersville outscored their region opponents 17-7 in the first quarter and it was nice to have the early cushion, Moore said.
“Our lead stayed in double digits the rest of the way,” Moore said. “We got it up to 20 but Ringgold is a much-improved team and they battled back and cut it to 10. We were able to keep it in double digits most of the game and we’ll take the win. Our legs were probably not what you needed to hit some of the 3s we were making Thursday.”
Kae Irby led Cartersville (8-2) with 12 points, 10 assists and nine steals.
Moore said the Lady Canes also got a lot of offensive rebounds and kept their opponents’ second-chance numbers down.
“One of the things we’re proudest of this season is the fact that in all but one game we’ve outrebounded our opponents,” she said. “That’s key, not giving up second-chance points and giving yourself a second-chance shot. We got 23 offensive rebounds.”
She said that’s how Cartersville was able to overcome a drop in its shooting percentage.
Other contributors were Morgan Jones, 10 points; Hallie Wachsmuth, nine with two 3-pointers; Rachel Christina, six points, seven rebounds; Monica Motuba, five points, eight rebounds.
The Lady Canes next play Thursday in the Pickens Classic. Their opponent will be Cherokee at 3 p.m.
“We’ll take a few days off and be with our families,” Moore said, “then look forward to playing the rest of our season. When we start back, we’ll play a few non-region games to help get us ready to finish play in our region in January and February.”
— The Daily Tribune News’ David Royal contributed to this article.