But Cartersville brought its offense and back-to-back buckets by Hallie Wachsmuth ignited the Lady Purple Hurricanes just minutes into the third quarter and they exploded for 46 second-half points on their way to a 68-45 victory on senior night.
“We came out and missed a lot of shots that we need to make and should be making this time of year,” head coach Cindy Moore said. “To North Murray’s credit, they played defense and kept us a little bit low in our scoring. The second half we challenged our girls to step up and finish and they did.
“Hallie Wachsmuth scored 19 points, all in the second half, including five 3s and gave us a real spark in the third quarter with back-to-back 3s and got us rolling. We had done some good things getting in open court in the first half, but she really sparked us and we scored 46 in the second half. That’s pretty good.”
North Murray led early in the contest, with a 14-11 showing in the first quarter. The Lady Canes and Lady Mountaineers scored 11 and eight points in the second period to walk into halftime knotted at 22-all.
After the break Cartersville quickly put North Murray in its rearview mirror scoring-wise with a 22-12 run to take a 44-34 lead after three full periods of play.
The Lady Canes outscored their visitors 24-11 in the final period.
Also contributing to the Cartersville scoring were Morgan Jones, 14; Kaelyn Irby, eight; Kimora McClinic, seven; Madison McKinney and Maya Jones, 6 each.
Moore said the victory touched off a celebration by the team’s seven seniors, Morgan and Maya Jones, Irby, Stefanie Will, Wachsmuth, Kalai Willis and Kate Garner.
“This is a great group of young ladies,” she said. “We are 21-3 this season and throughout their high school career they have won right at 80 ballgames. They have made their mark on our athletic program, and we have a lot of young players who now know how to become successful because they’ve been shown the way.”
Moore also noted the seniors have been part of this successful season, finishing with a perfect 14-0 region record and a No. 1 seed that lets their school host the region tournament.
The Lady Canes next play on the hardwood Friday.
“By winning the No. 1 seed, we get a bye until next Friday and that gives us some time to work on some things and to get ready for the postseason,” she said.