Cartersville girls edge Armuchee in overtime
Lehla Thomas outscored Armuchee by herself in overtime to help the Cartersville girls advance to the semifinals of the Seven Hills Rotary/Rome News-Tribune Christmas Tournament Monday at Georgia Highlands College.
After a fairly quiet game by her standards, Thomas scored more than half of her points in the extra session. Her five points were more than Armuchee could even muster in the four-minute period, as Cartersville earned a 52-47 victory.
Naijah Evans and Cio Seigler got the Canes (3-2) off to a quick start. Each had six points in the first quarter, with Seigler’s coming on a pair of 3-pointers, to give Cartersville a 12-7 lead entering the second period.
Jakayah Draughn led the Canes with five points during the second quarter, but Armuchee (5-6) closed to within 23-19 by halftime. Cartersville’s offense completely dried up in the third quarter — save for a 3-pointer and two free throws by Kiera Milline — as the Canes fell behind 31-28 with one period to go.
Five different Cartersville players scored to help the team rally. Ariana Cochran, who finished with eight assists, scored five of her seven points in the fourth quarter to help knot the score at 43-all at the end of regulation.
Evans led the Canes with 11 points, while Seigler (10 points), Thomas (9) and Draughn (8) also made significant scoring contributions.
Cartersville will face Rome, which is unbeaten and ranked No. 5 in Class 5A, in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at GHC.