Cedar­town stays per­fect with sec­ond win of sea­son

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The Cedar­town Lady Bull­dogs com­pe­ti­tion cheer squad are set­ting their goals on stay­ing per­fect, and de­spite a tough fall for one mem­ber of the team, they were able to pickup an­other win this past week­end.

It didn’t come with­out a show­stop­per dur­ing the mid­dle of the rou­tine af­ter one mem­ber of the team — Shae Smith — was in­jured dur­ing the cheer­lead­ing squad’s per­for­mance last week­end at Wood­land High School, which brought their rou­tine to a com­plete stop ac­cord­ing to head coach Brigitte Tillery.

“She was able to take the mats for a sec­ond time to com­plete the re­main­der of the rou­tine not judged in the first per­for­mance due to the in­jury,” Tillery said. “When an in­jury takes place i n com­pet­i­tive cheer­lead­ing, the head judge will stop the per­for­mance and the mu­sic and al­low the coach as well as med­i­cal staff present to care for the in­jured cheer­leader.”

She ex­plained that the squad is al­lowed to per­form again at the end of the line-up of teams and they ‘mark their rou­tine” up to the point where the in­jury oc­curred and then the squad be­gins to per­form the skills at that point for­ward.

“And my girls did noth­ing short of a flaw­less rou­tine from that point for­ward on Sat­ur­day,” she said.

Tillery said Smith was fine fol­low­ing the win Sat­ur­day.

Coach Jen­nifer Ruff added that “the squad was a bit shaken up by the in­jury and chal­lenge pre­sented to them on Sat­ur­day and we had to step aside and re­group while Coach Tillery took care of the in­jury, and we dis­cussed our plan of ac­tion and talked each other up and they were pre­pared to take the floor the sec­ond time and per­form bet­ter than ever.

Though Tillery said she was happy the team was able to come back from the in­jury stop­ping them mid- rou­tine, she said that if her squad hopes to keep their un­de­feated record go­ing from 2016, they still have work to do in prac­tice be­fore they take the mats again this week­end at Colum­bus State Univer­sity on Sat­ur­day at 3 p.m.

“Our goal last week was to im­prove our score from the pre­vi­ous week, but that did not hap­pen,” Tillery said. “We will make that a goal again this week and con­tinue to prac­tice our rou­tine to ex­e­cute our skills to the place they should be at this point in the sea­son.”

With last Sat­ur­day’s win, the Lady Bull­dogs com­pe­ti­tion cheer squad sits at 10-0 fol­low­ing their 2016 un­de­feated sea­son and state cham­pi­onship win.

The Cedar­town Lady Bull­dogs com­pe­ti­tion cheer squad won again at Wood­land High School to go 2-0 for the sea­son.

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