Yellow Jackets split first 2 games in Adairsville
The Calhoun High School basketball team split their first two games at the Tiger Christmas Clash this weekend.
The 1-1 mark in the first two contests they played in neighboring Adairsville put them in the third-place game Thursday night against fellow 5A Region 7 Cartersville (details were not available at press time) after the Purple Hurricanes also lost their second game of the event on Wednesday..
The game also meant the Calhoun and Cartersville will play three times this year as they still have two dates with each other coming over the next few weeks.
Their first showdown with Cartersville capped off the first and only non-region tournament of the 202122 for the Yellow Jackets and now they set their sights on rematch with Chattooga Tuesday to end the nonleague part of their schedule.
The 6 p.m. home game Tuesday night will also be Calhoun’s third meeting with the Indians after they opened the season against them and then played them again Wednesday afternoon in the Tiger Christmas Clash.
The Yellow Jackets began play in Adairsville Tuesday afternoon with their biggest win of the year, a 9153 blowout of Excel Christian Academy, but were unable to keep that
The Adairsville tournament had eight teams in it and four of them were from Region 7 with Woodland and Blessed Trinity also there, meaning the Lady Jackets and the coaching staff got a close-up look at two other teams in the league besides just Cass.
“We’ve got a strong region,” Echols said. “With the region schedule starting in a couple of weeks, it (was) good to see those teams. But we (knew) Cass
was good and I expect them to be right in them middle of it as far as who will be the Region champion.”
Hiram went into this week with the third-best record in the Region as the Lady Hornets were 6-5 while Cartersville was 3-5, Blessed Trinity was 3-7 and Woodland was 2-8.
For Cass, they will enter the Region season on a roll, losing to Hebron Christian Academy in the second game of the season back in midNovember, but having not lost a game since then.
Calhoun began the Tiger Christmas Clash on Tuesday with a 49-33 victory over Morgan County to put them
in the second round against Cass, which began the tournament with a victory over 7A Parkview. That loss left them playing for third place for the second week in a row after they were third last week at the Mistletoe Madness Tournament in Chatsworth.
Curtis, who is also known as Tabby, was strong offensively in the first two games at Adairsville, leading her club with a pair of 20-plus scoring effort with 21 points against Morgan County and then 24 more against Cass, allowing her to reach the coveted 1,000-point milestone.
In the game against MC, freshman Sa’Niah Dorsey
was the only other person besides Curtis to hit doublefigures, adding 10 points while junior guard Lauren Watson finished with eight.
In the setback to Cass, Curtis led the way and Watson and Dorsey also were in double digits with Watson added 11 and Dorsey tossing in 10 more as the trio accounted for 45 of the team’s 53 points.
The team is now off until Jan. 11 when they open the league schedule at The Hive against Hiram and Echols said the team, after playing six games in the last 10 days, will use that time to get back to some basics and continue to fine tune things for the
upcoming Region schedule.
Going into the Christmas break, the team had an 11day layoff and Echols said it worked out for them, but they got tired of playing against each for so many days in a row, so at one point, he stopped practice, and the girls held a dodgeball tournament to break things up a little.
But he said this layoff will be different because they have played a lot the last couple of weeks and now can start full-out preparations for the games that will determine whether they are a part of the state playoffs next month and if they are, just who will face in the first-round.