Rescheduled games make for busy final week of Bartow County basketball
by Jason Greenberg
Feb 04, 2014 | 798 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The last week of high school basketball’s regular season is always compelling as teams scramble to improve playoff seeding before heading into their respective region tournaments.

This week of Bartow County basketball will be particularly intriguing as teams will play as many as four games because of cancellations last week due to the severe weather. In addition, several teams are scheduled to play against opponents directly above or below in the standings, meaning plenty of matchups carrying playoff implications.

BOYS

Adairsville has the most at stake this week among the boys teams. The Tigers are currently in fourth place, just a half game ahead of North Murray in the Region 5-AAA standings. It wil be important for the squad to retain its fourth-place position because it would mean a first-round bye in the region tournament. A first-round bye would ensure that the Tigers would only need to win one game in the region tournament to make the state tournament.

On the schedule for Adairsville is Sonoraville today, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe on Friday and Coahulla Creek on Saturday. Coahulla Creek and Sonoraville are each among the bottom three teams in the region. LFO, however, is currently one game ahead of Adairsville in the region standings at 7-4. LFO still has Cartersville on its schedule, so if Adairsville defeats LFO on Friday, the Tigers will be in the driver’s seat for the third seed in the region tournament. That would allow Adairsville to avoid playing Cartersville until the championship of the region tournament.

The reason Adairsville wants to avoid Cartersville is because the Canes have rolled through all their region opponents this season. Coming off a 115-28 victory over Gordon Central, Cartersville is now 12-0 in the region with its smallest margin of victory coming in a 19-point victory over LFO.

As for this week, Cartersville will play four games. The first will come today at home against LFO. Wednesday will be a makeup game of the game scheduled Jan. 28 at Coahulla Creek. Friday’s game at home against North Murray and Saturday’s game at home against Fulton Leadership Academy are still on as scheduled. FLA will present a test for Cartersville thanks to its center, Wendell Carter, who is 6 foot 9 and was called the “Best Prospect” in his freshman class in the country by John Stovall on ESPN.com.

Meanwhile, Cass will be riding some momentum this week after defeating Woodland 46-44 Saturday. Unfortunately, the Colonels are 1-5 in Region 7A-AAAA, but do have two region games left on their schedule. Having senior post player Justin Reed back from his sprained ankle will help. Reed has been back two games, but head coach Greg Scott believes it will take some more time to get him back to 100 percent.

Cass will play River Ridge today and Cedartown on Wednesday. River Ridge is undefeated in the region, while Cedartown is 0-4 at the bottom of the standings.

As for Excel, the Eagles will play Christian Heritage today at home. Games on the road against Trion and Mount Paran have yet to be rescheduled but will be played at some point before the region tournament starts next week.

Excel is third in Region 6A-A at 5-6. Christian Heritage is currently in last place while Trion is undefeated in region play. Mount Paran is a sub-region game but is 2-7 in sub-region B.

Woodland is in a similar position as Excel as the team tries to climb back to .500. Woodland is currently eighth in the standings out of 11 teams at 4-7 in Region 5-AAAAA. The Wildcats will play three games in a row this week, including a road game against Rome today. Rome is currently 6-7 and is one of the teams Woodland can pass with a good week. The Paulding County game on the road has been rescheduled for Wednesday. Paulding County is 7-5 in region play and, Woodland won the first matchup between the two teams by a score of 49-48. The Wildcats will then come home for a game against Allatoona. Allatoona is currently undefeated on the season and is one of the top-ranked teams in Class AAAAA.

GIRLS

Cartersville continues to run away from the pack in Region 5-AAA and will have the top seed in the region tournament next week. The Lady Canes are 11-0 in the region and games against LFO, Coahulla Creek and North Murray will not present much of a challenge. LFO is on the schedule today, Coahulla Creek on Wednesday and North Murray on Friday.

Adairsville and Woodland are two teams currently in second in their respective regions.

The Lady Tigers are 9-2, one game ahead of Sonoraville in the standings. Sonoraville happens to be next on the schedule for Adairsville, setting up for what will be a significant game today at Sonoraville.

Adairsville will then play LFO and Coahulla Creek on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Neither team has more than three regions wins this season.

The Lady Wildcats also are in second place but are fortunate enough to have a two-game cushion in the loss column over third-place Paulding County. Paulding County and Woodland will play on Wednesday. First up, however, is a matchup today on the road at Rome, which is three games back of Woodland. The final game of the regular season will come Thursday when Allatoona comes to Woodland High. Allatoona is 6-6 in the region.

For the Lady Colonels, the Region 7A-AAAA standings are identical to that of the boys with each girls and boys team carrying the same records. The Lady Colonels also have a 1-5 record for fourth place in the five-team sub-region.

Cass will play River Ridge today and Cedartown on Wednesday. River Ridge is undefeated in the region, while Cedartown is 0-4 at the bottom of the standings.

As for Excel, the Lady Eagles will play Christian Heritage today at home. Games on the road against Trion and Mount Paran have yet to be rescheduled but will be played at some point before the region tournament starts next week.

Excel is fourth in Region 6A-A at 4-6. Christian Heritage and Trion are tied for last place in the region at 1-8. Mount Paran is sub-region game and is 8-1 in sub-region B.