Teams hit the road for bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment in Sum­merville. Sports

Rock­mart and Cedar­town see mixed re­sults dur­ing three days at Chat­tooga.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick SJ Ed­i­tor

The Cedar­town Lady Bull­dogs and Rock­mart Lady Jack­ets thought they were done play­ing each other for the 2017-18 sea­son.

Both teams got an un­ex­pected draw against one another and got one more chance to face off last week in the Chat­tooga County Hol­i­day Tour­na­ment fol­low­ing the Christ­mas break. The first half of the open­ing game for both teams went eas­ily to the Lady Bull­dogs, who went in with a 28-17 lead at half­time.

Rock­mart came storm­ing back from the locker room dur­ing the third quar­ter and ended up pulling out a 45-41 win over their cross-county ri­val on the road, and took a run to the cham­pi­onship game of the tour­na­ment it­self. That came af­ter a win over 7-AA foe and tour­na­ment host Chat­tooga in a 60-49 win over the Lady In­di­ans.

The Lady Jack­ets fell to Wood­stock in the fi­nal game last Fri­day night in a 52-37 loss, but head coach Tim Puck­ett said his team still came out a win­ner in one way that re­ally mat­ters: ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I think in the long run it has been good for us to be here,” he said. “If we keep im­prov­ing, we’ll do well.”

The Lady Bull­dogs fared a lit­tle better af­ter giv­ing up their game last Wed­nes­day. They put up a 50-33 win over LaFayette in their Dec. 28 matchup, but then fell to Peachtree Ridge in a close 40-37 loss.

Head coach Ed­die Gam­brell said af­ter the early loss in the week his team needed to work to re­fo­cus their ef­forts ahead of the sec­ond half of the sea­son head­ing into re­gion play.

“I’m pleased with what they have shown,” he said. “The way they’ve played and the ef­fort they’ve put forth.... We’re try­ing to im­prove to Tues­day, and we’ll be ready to get on the bus and head to Cartersville.”

The two girls teams weren’t the only one play­ing fol­low­ing Christ­mas. The Cedar­town boys team took a win over Coosa in the first round of the Chat­tooga tour­na­ment.

The boys pulled off a 4742 win over Coosa dur­ing their Dec. 27 opener, but then dropped a 68-37 game to host Chat­tooga the fol­low­ing night on Dec. 28, and to Chat­ta­hoochee 58-39 loss to wrap up the tour­na­ment.

Con­trib­uted photo by Gail Con­ner

Jakia Stocks tries to block an in­bound pass dur­ing the Chat­tooga Hol­i­day Tour­na­ment.

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