Lady ’Cats, Canes making noise; Cass falls to Pickens
by David Royal
Jan 04, 2014 | 785 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodland and Cartersville both kept pace at the top of their respective regions in early girls high school basketball play Friday night.

The Lady Wildcats used a 1-point victory to improve to 6-1 in Region 5A-AAAAA while Cartersville remained at the top of Region 5B-AAA with a 4-0 record.

Also, locally, Cass battled but came up short against traditional region power Pickens County, 57-40.

Woodland 45, North Paulding, 44

Woodland picked up its region win by coming from behind to edge North Paulding, 45-44.

Gabrielle Bradley scored seven big fourth-quarter points to help the Lady Wildcats.

“We were a little sluggish and made several mistakes, but a lot of that had to do with North Paulding,” head coach Kyle Morgan said. “We were able to come from behind and to our girls’ credit they came through the adversity and got a win on the road.”

There were multiple lead changes as both teams had their chances to pick up a big region win.

Sydney Boyd, who hit two free throws in the waning seconds of the game, lead Woodland with 16 points. Katie Harris dropped in 15 points and Marissa Dubose contributed nine points.

Woodland improved to 10-5 overall and 6-1 in the region. North Paulding fell to 3-10 and is 1-4 in its region.

“I’m pleased with how the girls handled themselves and, hopefully, we can continue to get better as we move forward,” Morgan said. “It was a good win on the road in region play.”

Woodland next plays Tuesday when it visits East Paulding. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.

Cartersville 62, Coahulla Creek 40

Cartersville won the battle on the boards and used it to thump Coahulla Creek at home, 62-40.

The Lady Colts started the game with a deliberate style of play.

“Coahulla Creek slowed the game down and kept us out of our rhythm for a while,” head coach Cindy Moore said. “We never got on a good roll in our transition game until the second half.”

Cartersville held a one-point advantage after a quarter, 12-11, but got some traction in the second period when the Lady Canes lit the scoreboard for 18 points while allowing just 6 points from the visiting team and carried a 30-17 lead into the break room.

Cartersville took control of the contest early in the second half and outscored Coahulla Creek 32-23 to account for the final score.

Leading the way for Cartersville was Maya Jones, who tallied 18 points. Morgan Jones slapped the nets for 14 points and Kaelyn Irby accounted for 10 points and 12 assists.

“Coahulla Creek is much improved,” Moore said. “I think our having depth allowed us to extend our lead.”

She said the rebounding by Cartersville also was a big key.

Cartersville controlled 37 boards to 19 for its opponent.

“It was a good win for us,” Moore said. “Our seniors did what they had to do to win, and we were pleased to start the new year with a region win.”

Cartersville improved its record to 10-2 overall and 4-0 in Region 5B-AAA.

The Lady Canes next play Gordon Central, another region opponent, Tuesday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.

“We are looking forward to a good game at home,” Moore said. “We will try to get better.”

Pickens 57, Cass 40

Cass showed intensity and cut back on the second-chance point attempts of its opponent, but that wasn’t enough as the Lady Colonels bowed to Pickens County, 57-40, in girls high school basketball Friday night.

Rejiyah Burley led the way for Cass with 13 points and Jana Morning tickled the nets for eight points while Ashley Huskins was a rebounding force for the home team.

Head coach Jamie Horton praised the defensive work of the Lady Colonels, particularly in limiting the rebounding of Sara Smith, Pickens’ 6-foot-tall senior forward.

“We harped on limiting their second-chance opportunities, boxing out their big girl [Smith],” Horton said. “We did a pretty good job holding her from second-chance opportunities, [but] we didn’t convert enough when we had our opportunities.”

Pickens had just two of those opportunities in the second and third quarters.

The Lady Dragons took early control of the game with some deadly shooting, burying a couple of 3-pointers, and held a 16-6 lead after a quarter of play. Cass answered with two 3-pointers of its own but those were the only points it could muster in the early going.

Cass tried to change its game’s dynamics in the second period but went 0-for-4 from three-point range while Pickens was 2 of 5 from the same range and used that boost to produce a 19-10 run that helped the Lady Dragons leap out to a 35-16 lead at halftime.

Cass responded with a 10-6 run in the third quarter and closed the gap to 41-26, a 15-point differential. In the final period Pickens outscored its host 16-14 and held a 17-point lead after the contest ended.

Horton saw some strong play from his opponent.

“They are a very good team,” he said. “They shot the ball exceptionally well tonight. The difference was their big girl in the middle, No. 23 [Smith]. She’s a very good player. She uses the left [hand], uses the right [hand], puts it on the floor. She can shoot the 3-ball. For a girl over 6 foot tall, that’s impressive. She’s the difference in the game, in my opinion.

“I thought we played really hard defensively. There were a couple of opportunities we missed, layups, free throws. If we’d hit those and put some pressure on them, who knows what happens.”

Cass (6-8) returns to the hardwood today when it hosts Adairsville. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.

The Lady Dragons improved to 9-7 with the victory.