Cartersville, Cass basketball teams sweep ahead of Tuesday meetings

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Posted 1/9/21

The Cartersville boys basketball team saw an influx of talent at the turn of the year, following the end of the school’s football season. The Canes finally got the chance to show off the new …

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Cartersville, Cass basketball teams sweep ahead of Tuesday meetings

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The Cartersville boys basketball team saw an influx of talent at the turn of the year, following the end of the school’s football season. The Canes finally got the chance to show off the new crew in a non-region game Saturday at Cedartown.

Facing a former region rival, Cartersville was led in scoring by two football players — Kolbe Benham (13 points) and Amarai Orr (12) — en route to a 73-47 win.

Orr matched Cedartown with six points in the first quarter, when Cartersville (5-2) pulled out to a 14-6 advantage. The Canes then had seven different players score in a second quarter that saw the visitors take a 37-21 lead into halftime.

Cartersville held a 48-30 edge entering the final period. That’s when Benham scored seven of his points and Kam Callahan added four of his 11 to thwart any thoughts of a comeback.

The Canes will head to Cass Tuesday for their Region 7-AAAAA opener.

 

Cartersville girls 43, Cedartown 38

Despite being without head coach Cindy Moore due to illness, the Cartersville girls held off Cedartown for a 43-38 win in a non-region road game Saturday in Polk County.

The Canes found themselves ahead at the end of each quarter — but never by more than five points — holding quarter leads of 8-7, 18-13 and 29-26.

After a scoreless opening period, Lehla Thomas poured in eight points in the second quarter. She added 11 points in the second half, finishing with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Ansley Griffin added eight points, while Sequoyah McConnell chipped in with seven.

Cartersville (3-5) will carry a three-game winning streak into its Region 7-AAAAA debut against Cass Tuesday on the road.

 

Cass boys 62, Cherokee Bluff 51

The Cass boys used a dominant third quarter to earn a 62-51 road win Saturday at Cherokee Bluff.

After falling behind 28-25 midway through the game, the Colonels held a decisive 23-10 edge in the third period to gain control. Braxton Benham posted eight of his 19 points in the stanza, while Zaylan Chaney added seven of his 15.

A fairly even fourth quarter allowed Cass (10-4) to land a double-digit win.

The Colonels — who also received eight points apiece from C.J. Pipkin, Jackson Hale and Ethan McIntyre — will play Cartersville Tuesday at home.

 

Cass girls 72, Cherokee Bluff 49

Londaisha Smith racked up 26 points to help the Cass girls improve to 14-0 on the season ahead of a clash with rival Cartersville Tuesday at home.

In leading her side to a 72-49 victory over Cherokee Bluff Saturday in Hall County, Smith scored four points in each of the first and fourth quarters, racked up eight points in the second and poured home 10 in the third. She led or tied for the team lead in scoring in three of those periods.

Haley Johnson had five of her nine points in the opening stanza, when the Colonels held a 16-9 scoring edge.

Cass led 34-25 at halftime before a huge third quarter put them up 56-33 entering the fourth. Ariana Hames buried a pair of 3-pointers in the third period, while Justice Bennett added half of her eight points.