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Cartersville hoops swept by Troup,21258?

Posted Saturday, February 2, 2019

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.

Having gone through the majority of a wild and wacky region schedule, Cartersville entered Saturday’s regular-season finale needing a win over Troup to secure a spot in the state tournament.  The 56-50 result instead sets the Canes up with the third seed and qualifies the Tigers for state alongside top-seeded Sandy Creek.
Cartersville (13-12, 7-5) got off to a solid start, taking an 18-14 lead after one period with six players chipping in points. Isaac Gridley had five of those points and Perignon Dyer added four. Each hit an early 3-pointer.
However, Troup dominated the second quarter. The Tigers outscored their visitors by a 22-12 margin to grab the halftime advantage. Things went from bad to worse for Cartersville in the third quarter, as the Tigers held them to just seven points and managed to extend their lead to 50-37.
Dyer scored seven of his team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter — all at the foul line. Gridley added four of his 14. No other Cane had more than six points, and an overall 11-for-19 showing at the stripe didn’t help either.
Cartersville will be back in action at Wednesday, hosting four games in the region tournament that night. Each contest will see the winner qualify for state with the Canes set to tip off at approximately 8:30 p.m. Should the Cartersville girls win their play-in game, they would play at 7 against No. 3 seed Cedartown.