Bulldogs fighting for region spots
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.
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.
KeKe Turner gets hold of the ball against the Central Lady Lions.
Zahquan Frazier puts up a free throw against Central.