Lady Cats, Lady Canes drop openers at Rome Holiday tourney
The Woodland and Cartersville girls basketball teams both lost opening round games Monday at the Rome Holiday Tournament. As a result, the Lady Cats and Lady Canes will face each other Tuesday in a consolation game at Georgia Highlands.
ROME 58, WOODLAND GIRLS 28 The Lady Cats lost their opening game at the Rome Holiday Tournament Monday night, falling to Class 5A 7th-ranked Rome, 58-28. Rome led 10-6 after one period and 25-18 at halftime before pulling away in the third quarter. The Lady Wolves outscored Woodland 18-3 in the third period. Amberly Brown led Rome (6-2) with 12 points. Taemeca Nation followed with seven points. Trenshia Adams and Tamiya Griffin scored six points each. Woodland got eight points from Madgie Robinson. Morgan Cooper scored five. Nickiah Metcalf tossed in four points. Ansley Evans and Gracie Styles scored three each. Callie Jones and Jordan Thompson added two points apiece. Abigail Taylor scored one.
The Lady Cats (1-9) play Cartersville Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a consolation game at the Georgia Highlands Rome campus.
COOSA 42, CARTERSVILLE GIRLS 38 The Lady Canes struggled in the first half Monday night and despite a late run lost to Coosa 42-38 in the opening round of the Rome Holiday Tournament.
“We had our share of chances,” said Lady Canes head coach Cindy Moore. “We just never got in position to take the lead after playing poorly in the first half. Add to that, we were only 9-for-20 at the free throw line.” Cartersville was only down 14-11 after one quarter, but failed to score in the second period to trail 24-11 at halftime. Coosa maintained a 37-24 lead after three quarters and then held on for the win although the Lady Canes outscored the Eagles 14-5 over the final eight minutes.
Nayja Millsap and Gracie Shumate led Coosa (2-7) with 12 points each. Kaylee Clayton chipped in eight points. Arianna Cochran led Cartersville with 10 points. She was followed by A’mya Davis with eight, Naijah Evans with six, Jamiya Moore with five, Haley Johnson four, Alexia Henderson three, and Kierra Milline scored two points.
The loss for the Lady Canes was their third straight after starting the year 3-0.
Coosa advances to play Rome in the tournament semifinals Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Georgia Highlands. Cartersville plays Woodland in a tournament consolation game Tuesday at 4 p.m. also at GHC.