Cartersville girls ease to victory in region tournament opener
The Cartersville girls basketball team only scored four points in the first quarter, had no player finish with more than eight points and posted no more than a dozen points in any period. And yet, the Canes cruised to a 36-22 victory over Chapel Hill in the opening round of the Region 5-AAAA tournament at LaGrange behind a stingier-than-normal defense.
London Shaw scored half of her eight points in the first quarter, as No. 6 seed Cartersville (12-13) and seventh-seeded Chapel Hill (8-17) entered the second period tied at 4-apiece. Haley Johnson, Ariana Cochran and Lehla Thomas each had three points in the second quarter to boost the Canes to a 15-8 halftime lead.
Naijah Evans had four of her six points in the third period and Johnson hit her second 3-pointer of the game to send Cartersville into the fourth quarter with an eight-point advantage at 24-16.
In a rematch of last year’s play-in game, which Chapel Hill won on Cartersville’s home court after having swept the Panthers in the regular season, there would be no repeat result for the much improved Canes.
Johnson and Shaw led Cartersville with eight points each. A’mya Davis matched Evans with six points — all in the final period to seal the win — and added four assists.
Cartersville will now host No. 3 seed Cedartown for a spot in the state tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The third-seeded Cartersville boys will follow with a tilt against No. 6 seed LaGrange with the same reward on the line.