Bull­dogs fight­ing for re­gion spots

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Kevin Myrick SJ Ed­i­tor

The Bull­dogs boys and girls hosted a spe­cial group of peo­ple for one of their fi­nal home games of the bas­ket­ball sea­son over the week­end.

The Cedar­town pro­grams re­minded the com­mu­nity of their sup­port of sur­vivors dur­ing Breast Cancer Aware­ness Night, and also came away with much needed wins as the sea­son be­gins to wind down.

Ear­lier last week, found them­selves in tough fights in the Dog­house to start off the week as the Cen­tral Lions came for a visit in early week play.

Both the girls’ and boys’ teams came away with hard lessons and look to re­group this week­end as the reg­u­lar sea- son be­gins to wind down the re­gion takes shape.

Here’s a rundown of how the Bull­dogs and Lady Bull­dogs fared in home matchups with Cen­tral Car­roll and Troup County:

Lady Bull­dogs fall in heart­breaker, bounce back over week­end

It came down to the buzzer for the Lady Bull­dogs and a wild steal and at­tempted shot with less than a sec­ond left from Tam­era Bee­man, but the Lady Bull­dogs fell de­spite com­ing back from a big deficit at the start of the game, and Cen­tral went home with a 42-41 win.

“I told the girls after the first quar­ter that they hit ev­ery­thing, and they were just go­ing to have to bat­tle, and they did,” head coach Ed­die Gam­brell said after the Tues­day night loss. Bee­man topped the score­book on the night with 15 points along with KeKe Turner who put up 14 on the night, but it wasn’t enough as the clock ex­pired and Cedar­town ran out of chances.

Cen­tral took an early run and lead dur­ing the first quar­ter, then Cedar­town came charg­ing back to cut the Lady Lions lead 29-25.

And after gain­ing a sec­ond half lead, it looked like the Lady Bull­dogs would over­come a 44-41 over­time loss from ear­lier in the month and get a needed win over Cen­tral.

The f i nal min­utes proved to be more pro­duc­tive for the Lady Lions, who came away with the win again.

Later in the week, Cedar­town re­cov­ered and picked up a much-needed 49-41 win over the vis­it­ing Troup County Lady Tigers.

Turner added 11 to her to­tal scores for the year, and Ava Allred added 10 in the Lady Bull­dogs win.

It moved Cedar­town to 10-10 on the sea­son and 4-5 in the re­gion, hold­ing on to a fifth place spot after a 38-27 loss over last week­end to LaGrange as well.

Bull­dogs over­come, snap los­ing streak

The Cedar­town boys team over­came a tough past cou­ple of weeks in re­gion play and broke a four-game los­ing streak be­fore a home crowd as they fin­ished off the Cen­tral Lions in a 63-56 fi­nal.

Cedar­town took a first half lead 37-23 lead into the locker room after a big first quar­ter and the Lions get­ting into early foul trou­ble, but saw the Lions chip away at their lead through the third quar­ter.

The Bull­dogs fought back de­spite strug­gling to slow the Lions press, and came even­tu­ally pulled away dur­ing the fi­nal min­utes of the fourth quar­ter for the win.

It also marked another big night for the Bull­dogs as five play­ers ended with dou­ble dig­its in the score book. Lead­ing the way by Zahquan Fra­zier, who hit 16 points on the night, in­clud­ing the team’s only three-poin­ter early on in the game.

Trevon Wof­ford put up 13, T. J. Martin had 12 points, Eli­jah Pace had 11 points and D.J. Fra­zier had 10 points in the win.

Head coach Ben­jie Fra­zier said that “a win is a win” fol­low­ing the game Tues­day.

“Dur­ing the sec­ond half, they lost fo­cus a lit­tle bit but they kept at it and pulled it out,” he said.

Now the Bull­dogs are build­ing bit by bit at sea­son’s end to get back into the thick of the re­gion. A 53-40 win over Troup County on Satur­day over the week­end makes the last three games against Sandy Creek and Chapel Hill all the more im­por­tant.

The Bull­dogs sit at 10-10 on the sea­son after their win, and 4- 5 in re­gion play still in fifth place.

Cedar­town headed to Chapel Hill on Mon­day after press time for a make-up game against the Pan­thers boys and girls squads, then were on the road again Tues­day at Sandy Creek.

They play their fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game on Fri­day night at home against the Pan­thers again.

Con­trib­uted photo by Gail Con­ner

Jill Pil­grim, Stacy Wat­ters, Dawn Ab­ney, Lisa And Jaida Wells for Rae Mc­combs, Mr. Gib­son and Sandi Sal­ter for Erika Gib­son par­tic­i­pate in Breast Cancer Aware­ness Night.

Con­trib­uted photo by Gail Con­ner

KeKe Turner gets hold of the ball against the Cen­tral Lady Lions.

Kevin Myrick / SJ

Zahquan Fra­zier puts up a free throw against Cen­tral.

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