The two teams were tied at 36-all at the start of the final frame and each took the lead briefly in the quarter’s first few minutes.
Cass broke a 38-all tie with a trey by Ashley Huskins with just under five minutes remaining. Gilmer answered with a bucket and then a 3-pointer for a 43-41 lead. Cass closed to 43-42 with 3:36 remaining when Gilmer hit a free throw to open its lead to 44-42.
Cass missed its next two opportunities to negate that lead and Gilmer widened it with two free throws and a deuce to go up 48-42. The Lady Bobcats sank six more free throws while Cass hit one to conclude scoring.
Jamie Horton, Cass head coach, said the Lady Colonels came close but did not make the plays when they had the chance.
“There were a couple of shots when they were up two [points] and we had looks, but we just didn’t hit them,” he said. “We came down two consecutive trips and had two wide open shots but they didn’t fall. From there, [Gilmer] made some free throws and put the game out of reach. They did what you have to do at the end of the basketball game to win it.”
The Lady Colonels held the lead early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead on a trey by Rejiyah Burley. Gilmer responded with two buckets to go up 4-3. Huskins changed that with two free throws only to have the Lady Bobcats retake the lead with a 2-pointer. A bucket by Savanna Hutchins gave Cass a 7-6 lead. The teams swapped the lead until the end of the first quarter, with Cass finishing in front, 13-11.
Gilmer responded by hitting five shots in the second quarter, two of them treys, and the Lady Bobcats slid into the lead, 23-20, at the break by holding Cass to seven points, four from Jana Morning and a trey courtesy of Huskins.
Both teams got their offenses untracked in the third quarter, as Cass outscored Gilmer 16-13. The Lady Colonels got six of their points courtesy of Kelsey Wright, who threw up a pair of 3-pointers.
Horton said the Lady Colonels played hard against a good Gilmer County team.
“They’re traditionally one of the better teams in this area,” he said. “My hat’s off to them.”
He said Cass must keep working harder if it is to collect more wins.
“The Lady Colonels are improving, but we’ve got to beat teams like this,” he said. “We’re very capable of doing that, too.”
Huskins led Cass scorers with 13 points. Morning also dropped in 11 points and Burley added seven, as did Wright.
Cass dropped to 10-8 with the loss and is 1-2 in its region. The Lady Colonels next play Tuesday when they visit Pickens County.
Gilmer County raised its overall record to 9-5 with the victory. It is 3-1 in the region.
It returns to the hardwood today when it hosts Chestatee.
Woodland 43, E. Paulding 35
Woodland went 11-for-11 at the charity stripe in the second half and used that performance to help it defeat East Paulding on the road, 43-35.
“I thought overall we played good half-court man-to-man defense,” head coach Kyle Morgan said. “We also were able to make our foul shots down the stretch and it enabled us to get a big win on the road.”
The Lady Wildcats had to come from behind against the Lady Raiders, who shaded them 9-8 in the first quarter.
Woodland responded with an 11-2 run in the second quarter, good enough to send it to the halftime locker room with a 19-11 lead.
Both teams scored 12 points each in the third and then fourth quarters.
“I hope we can continue to play good basketball and then get better as the season progresses,” Morgan said. “We will be playing mostly sub-region games the next few weeks and hopefully we’ll still be on top when we are through.”
Katie Harris paced the Lady Wildcats with 13 points. Marissa Dubose dropped 11 points on East Paulding while Sydney Boyd scored nine; Brooke Hummel, 6; and Aubri Branch, 4.
Woodland improved its record to 13-6 overall and 9-2 in Region 5A-AAAAA with the victory.
East Paulding fell to 5-16 overall and 3-8 in Region 5A-AAAAA.
Woodland plays North Paulding on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.
Adairsville 59, Coahulla Creek 25
Adairsville improved to 7-1 in Region 5-AAA Saturday night on the road as the Lady Tigers defeated Coahulla Creek by a score of 59-25.
“We played better than we have the last couple of games. We did a good job offensively with our spacing. We did a good job of being patient on offense. We got a lot of good wide open shots,” Adairsville head coach Meredith Barnhill said. “We are in second place right now. We’re trying to make sure we protect that mindset with winning the ball games we’re supposed to win.”
The game was tied after the first quarter but Adairsville outscored Coahulla Creek in the second quarter 16-5 to go into halftime with an 11-point lead. The Lady Tigers extended that lead in the second half by outscoring its opponent 36-13.
“We talked about at halftime that we need to extend the lead,” Barnhill said. “We had some momentum toward the end of the second quarter and we talked about keeping that mindset in the second half.”
Barnhill also was proud of her team’s defensive effort.
“We were able to do some things defensively. We played man and they had trouble with our pressure,” she said. “We were able to create some turnovers and that led to some easy baskets.”
Offensively, Julia Roberson scored 17, Mallorie Collum had 12, and Logan O’Neil had nine. Collum had a double-double with 10 rebounds and Katie Graf had four steals.
“When we have a balanced offensive attack like we did tonight, that’s when we’re successful and hard to guard,” Barnhill said. “We’ve got some good momentum. We’re taking care of things, we’re making adjustments quicker on offense and defense when we need to so were looking forward to continuing the remaining games we got.”
The Lady Tigers will come home for their next game against North Murray on Tuesday.