Cass girls win region basketball tourney opener

The Cass Lady Colonels won their opening round game in the Region 7-AAAAA tournament Friday night in Cumming, GA defeating North Atlanta, 53-44.

Cass saw a 14-8 first quarter lead slip away in the second quarter for a tied game at the intermission, 23-23. The Lady Colonels held a four point edge after three periods at 35-31, before outscoring North Atlanta 18-9 in the final period to pull away. Esmeralda Thomas led Cass (13-12) with 16 points. Payton Stoddard scored 12 and Jana Morning 10 for the Lady Colonels. Kyla Micheinzi scored seven points, while Jaclyn Hazelwood and Lexy Walraven added two points each.

Lauren Henderson and Naya Brooks led the Lady Warriros with 22 and 10 points, respectively.

The Lady Colonels play host Forsyth Central Saturday at 7pm in the next round of the region tournament.

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