The Cartersville boys defeated Troup County Friday night in the Region 5-AAAA semifinals at Sandy Creek to advance to Saturday’s tournament championship game and earn a home game in the opening round of the Class AAAA State Tournament next weekend.
The Canes held an 18-13 lead after one quarter and were ahead 31-25 at halftime, but Troup held a 39-37 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.
Cartersville outscored the Tigers 16-4 in the fourth quarter to take the 10-point win. Amarai Orr (photo) and Perignon Dyer led the Hurricanes with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Kolbe Benham followed with nine. Micah Tart scored eight points. Isaac Gridley tossed in seven and Marquail Coaxum added four. JaQuavo McFarland scored 11 and Joko Willis had 10 points the lead Troup.
The Tigers (16-9) will play in the region’s third place game Saturday at Sandy Creek at 4:30 p.m. against Friday’s Sandy Creek/Cedartown loser. Cartersville (15-12) will play the Sandy Creek/Cedartown winner for the region title Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. again at Sandy Creek High School.
ROME 62, CASS GIRLS 48
The Cass girls will head into the Class 5A State Tournament next weekend as the No. 4-seed from Region 7-AAAAA after losing Friday’s third place game to Rome 62-48 at Villa Rica High School.
Rome led the whole way. The Wolves were up 12-6 after one quarter, 23-16 at the break, and 42-29 after three quarters before holding on for a 14-point win. Rome had four girls in double figures led by the trio of TaEmmica Nation, Tarrah Gibson, and Amberly Brown with 13 points each. Tamya Griffin added 12 for the Lady Wolves.
Cass was led by Claire Davis (photo) with 16 points. Sharia Wade followed with 10. Londaisha Smith finished with eight points. Amber Brittian had six. Payton Stoddard scored five points and Taryn Callahan added two.
Rome (18-10) will be a 3-seed in the state tournament and play the runner-up from Region 6-AAAAA. Cass (21-7) will travel to the region champion of Region 6-AAAAA.
The four semifinalists in the Region 6-AAAAA tournament Friday night at Decatur High School were Maynard Jackson, Decatur, Lithia Springs, and Riverwood. The final seeding for that tournament will be determined in games Saturday.