Cartersville teams come up short at Cedartown

The Cartersville Lady Canes and Hurricanes basketball teams came up just short in a pair of very close games Saturday night at Cedartown with the girls falling 39-32 and the boys dropping a 59-56 final in overtime.

Cartersville freshman Jakaya Draughn.

The Lady Canes stayed close the entire night, but Cedartown held on down the stretch — limited Cartersville to only four, fourth-quarter points — as the Lady Bulldogs won at home Saturday night, 39-32, in Region 5-AAAA action. Cedartown led 11-7 after one quarter, 19-16 at the intermission, and 29-28 heading into the final period on their way to a seven-point victory. Keke Turner scored a game-high 18 points for the Lady Bulldogs. Qiara Watson followed with nine points while Marycille Brumby and Zoe Daimond Pasley posted 6 each for Cedartown. Lehla Thomas led Cartersville with seven points, four boards, a pair of assists, and one steal. Naijah Evans, Miya Moore, and Ariana Cochran followed with five points apiece. Evans and Cochran grabbed four rebounds and Moore collected three. Jakaya Draughn finished with four points. Kierra Milline (four rebounds), Jada Cunningham, and Cio Seigler (five boards) scored two points each for the Lady Canes. Cedartown improved to 8-5 overall and 4-2 in Region 5-AAAA. Cartersville (8-11, 1-6) hosts 6 p.m. region games next Tuesday and Friday with 8th-ranked Central-Carroll and LaGrange before traveling to Sandy Creek Saturday afternoon for a 2:30 p.m. tip-off. CEDARTOWN 59, CARTERSVILLE BOYS 56 (Overtime)

Junior Kyler Johnson goes up strong for a bucket.

The Hurricanes had a nine-point lead, 36-27, heading into the fourth quarter Saturday night at Cedartown but the Bulldogs forced overtime and won in the extra period 59-56. M.J. Holiday paced Cedartown with 15 points. Jashadd Woodall followed with 11 while D.J. Frazier knocked down a pair of shots from behind the arc in the overtime period to score 10 in the game for the Bulldogs. A close score all night, Cedartown led 6-5 after one quarter. Cartersville was ahead 20-16 at halftime and 36-27 through three stanzas before the Bulldogs sent the game to overtime knotted at 45 apiece. Kolbe Benham scored a game-high 20 points to lead Cartersville in the scoring column. Kam Callahan was next with nine. Kyler Johnson scored eight. Marquail Coaxum contributed seven points. Amarai Orr finished with six. Micah Tart and Robert Novak chipped in three points each. With their win, Cedartown improved to 8-6 overall and 2-4 in Region 5-AAAA. The Canes (5-10, 1-6) will entertain Central-Carroll Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at The Storm Center and will welcome in LaGrange Friday night — also for a 7:30 p.m. tip. Cartersville then travels to 2nd-ranked Sandy Creek next Saturday for a 4 p.m. start.

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