The Cartersville girls and boys dropped their final Region 5-AAAA regular season games of the season Saturday night at Troup County. Both teams will play in the region tournament next week with the Lady Canes playing in a play-in game Monday and the Hurricanes needing a quarterfinal win Wednesday night at home to earn a state tournament berth.
TROUP COUNTY 38, CARTERSVILLE GIRLS 37
The Lady Canes ralied late on the road, but were edged by Troup County 38-37.
Troup led throughout but was ahead only 11-8 after one quarter, 17-15 at halftime, and 30-25 through three quarters.
The Lady Canes had their chances, but made only nine of 16 from the charity stripe.
Amber Gilbert led Troup with 17 points including eight-for-eight at the free throw line. Anna Palmer scored 15 for the Tigers (16-7, 9-3). Naijah Evans led Cartersville with 10 points — all in the second half. Haley Johnson (photo) and Ariana Cochran scored six points each.
Cartersville (11-13, 3-9) finished sixth in the Region 5-AAAA standings and must now face Chapel Hill on Monday in a play-in game for the region tournament.
TROUP COUNTY 56, CARTERSVILLE BOYS 50
The Canes limited home-standing Troup to only six points in the fourth quarter Saturday night, but failed to recover from a double-digit deficit in a 56-50 loss to the Tigers. The win locked up a state tournament berth for Troup County who finished as the Region 5-AAAA 2-seed and dropped the Hurricanes to the No. 3-seed.
Cartersville led 18-14 after one quarter, but Troup took a 36-30 advantage at halftime and extended their lead to 50-37 after three quarters.
Perignon Dyer (photo) led the Hurricanes with 15 points. Isaac Gridley followed with 14. Cartersville (13-12, 7-5) will now host the region quarterfinals Wednesday night at The Storm Center with the Canes playing in an 8:30 p.m. game against the 6-seed vs. 7-seed survivor from a play-in game Monday night.