Cedar­town bas­ket­ball teams near ready sea­son’s start

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - CHS By Lo­gan Mad­dox lo­ganseth­mad­[email protected]

With less than a month un­til the start of bas­ket­ball sea­son, both the Cedar­town Bull­dogs and Lady Bull­dogs bas­ket­ball teams are pre­par­ing for a year in which they could both clinch a play­off spot for the first time in sev­eral sea­sons.

The boys team fin­ished the 2017-18 sea­son with an over­all record of 12-1, and in­cluded wins over area op­po­nents Coosa, Dar­ling­ton, Tem­ple, and Rock­mart.

The team also compiled a 6-7 record against Re­gion 5-AAAA teams, win­ning at home against LaGrange and Troup County and sweep­ing Cen­tral and Chapel Hill in the reg­u­lar sea­son. A 46-32 loss against Troup County in the Re­gion Tour­na­ment last Fe­bru­ary ended their sea­son.

How the Bull­dogs move for­ward with­out last year’s se­nior lead­ers, Trevon Wof­ford and TJ Martin, will de­ter­mine how this sea­son will play out.

Wof­ford was an all-around ath­lete and is cur­rently a quar­ter­back for the Univer­sity of Pikeville’s foot­ball team and re­ceiv­ing sig­nif­i­cant play­ing time as a true fresh­man.

Martin’s abil­ity to set up a play and abil­i­ties as a floor gen­eral will surely be missed as well.

The Dogs will re­turn key

con­trib­u­tors from a sea­son ago, in­clud­ing guards DJ Fra­zier, Chadriq Neal, and Rashad Walker, for­wards Zahquan Fra­zier, Jay­den John­son and Jeremiah John­son, and sharp­shooter Eli­jah Pace.

The team might also look to pro­mote some of last year’s JV team mem­bers to the ros­ter, as well as some of the mem­bers of Cedar­town Mid­dle School’s re­gion cham­pi­onship team from last year.

The Cedar­town Lady Bull­dogs team also made great strides in the 2017-18 sea­son. Match­ing the boys with an iden­ti­cal 12-12 record, they de­feated Coosa, Dar­ling­ton, Tem­ple, and Rock­mart to start the non­re­gion sched­ule 4-0.

Af­ter cool­ing off a bit, they were able to hop into the Re­gion 5-AAAA sched­ule with a 6-5 record. The girls team fin­ished re­gion play at an over­all record of 12-11, de­feat­ing Troup County and Sandy Creek and sweep­ing Cartersville and Chapel Hill. A heart­break­ing 54-51 over­time loss on Fe­bru­ary 6th in the Re­gion Tour­na­ment to Cen­tral ended the Lady Bull­dogs’ hopes for a post­sea­son run.

Two key de­par­tures from last year’s Lady Dogs team are Ken­za­via Neal and Des­tiny What­ley, both 2018 grad­u­ates. Coach Ed­die Gambrell will look to find girls to re­place Neal, a guard who was stel­lar in the “floor gen­eral” role, and What­ley, a for­ward who was a force in the paint.

Led by se­nior cen­ter Tam­era Bee­man, the girls team is look­ing to build upon last year in which they se­cured their most wins in a sea­son since the 2009-10 team. Sopho­more guards Keke Turner, Qiana Wat­son, and Ava Allred re­turn, along with wings Kam­ryn Fra­zier and Dele­cia McS­pad­den, and for­ward Zyk­e­ria Wash­ing­ton. Fans can ex­pect to see fresh­man get play­ing time this sea­son with the ad­di­tions of Marycille Brumby, Zaria Bee­man, and Haley For­ris­ter among oth­ers.

Both teams tip off at home against Tem­ple on Novem­ber 24, be­fore con­tin­u­ing their non-re­gion sched­ule with a lengthy road trip to venues in­clud­ing Pauld­ing County, South Pauld­ing, Coosa, Pick­ens, and Rock­mart.

They will par­tic­i­pate in the Rock­mart Tour­na­ment Dec. 20-22, and fol­low­ing that start re­gion play at home ver­sus Cartersville on Jan. 4.

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