Cartersville hoops swept by Troup
The unfortunate theme of the season for the Cartersville girls, particularly in Region 5-AAAA play, has been close, gut-wrenching losses. That made it both fitting and painful for the Canes to suffer a similar fate in the final game of the regular season with a chance to move up the region standings.
Troup County led throughout, but Cartersville nearly rallied late on the road before falling by a 38-37 final score.
The road defeat keeps the Canes (11-13, 3-9) sixth in the final standings and sets up a play-in game matchup with Chapel Hill on Monday. A win would have allowed Cartersville to avoid the extra game as the league’s No. 5 seed.
Despite a slow start offensively, the Canes trailed just 11-8 after one quarter and 17-15 at halftime against the No. 2 seed Tigers (16-7, 9-3). Haley Johnson had four points in the second quarter to lead Cartersville’s first-half scorers.
In the third quarter, Naijah Evans got going. She scored all of her points after the break, including six in the third period to keep the Canes within 30-25. But missed free throws ultimately derailed Cartersville’s comeback bid, as the Canes sank just 9 of 16 from the line.
Troup County 56, Cartersville boys 50
The Cartersville boys held Troup County to six points in the fourth quarter, but the Canes couldn’t quite overcome a double-digit deficit to hand over Region 5-AAAA’s No. 2 seed to the Tigers.