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Cedar­town was sim­ply out­matched in the first half; the Pa­triot de­fense smoth­ered any chances for open shots and stole passes reg­u­larly.

On of­fense, their play-calls al­lowed them to seem­ingly find open lanes to the bas­ket with ease and they made it rain from three-point land. Cedar­town trailed 48-23 at half­time.

Although the Bull­dogs were down big, they did not quit play­ing hard. They were able to go on a scor­ing run in the third quar­ter and cut the Par­triot lead to 9 points be­fore Pauld­ing County went on a run of their own.

Cedar­town had glimpses of great­ness in the sec­ond half, but were un­able to cap­ture the vic­tory as they lost 91-74. DJ Fra­zier led all Bull­dog scor­ers with 15 points and 5 re­bounds. Sopho­more Jeremiah John­son added 14 points and 5 re­bounds.

MJ Hol­i­day fin­ished with 13 points. Zahquan Fra­zier was in foul trou­ble early on, and

thus had to be taken out of the game most of the sec­ond half. He tal­lied 5 re­bounds and 7 points- most of which com­ing in the sec­ond half- be­fore foul­ing out mid­way through the fourth pe­riod. Michael Walker put to­gether an­other nice per­for­mance com­ing off the bench, scor­ing 8 points and grab­bing 8 re­bounds in the los­ing ef­fort.

Play­ing against Pauld­ing County may have been tough, but play­ing against South Pauld­ing was not any eas­ier for Cedar­town.

The Spar­tans came into the game 3-1 on the sea­son with their only loss com­ing against 6A power Tri Cities in their sea­son opener.

Much like Pauld­ing County, South Pauld­ing also had their fair share of se­nior lead­er­ship, boast­ing 9 se­niors in their 15-boy-ros­ter. Of these 15 play­ers, only one player was shorter than 6 feet tall.

Although they were se­verely out­matched in size, the Bull­dogs were firmly in the game from start to fin­ish. Af­ter al­low­ing the Spar­tans to go on a scor­ing spurt at the end of the first half, Cedar­town went

into the locker trail­ing 35-20 at the half. Un­for­tu­nately, the Bull­dogs were not able to close the gap and fell to South Pauld­ing by a score of 67-51.

MJ Hol­i­day con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive fresh­man cam­paign with a 12 point per­for­mance, lead­ing all Cedar­town scor­ers. Jay­den John­son added 10 points and 7 re­bounds. Se­nior Eli­jah Pace was able to con­nect on his first three pointer of the sea­son, scor­ing 8 points ver­sus the Spar­tans.

Jeremiah John­son scored 8 points, and Zahquan Fra­zier added 6 points and 10 re­bounds.

It is no se­cret that the Bull­dogs will be bat­tle-tested when re­gion play opens in Jan­uary. Cedar­town has played 3 tough teams early on in this sea­son.

How­ever, no player likes to lose.

Ex­pect to see them come out with an ur­gency to win and even up their sea­son record at .500 as soon as pos­si­ble.

Their next chance to win came on Satur­day af­ter, as they trav­eled north to play the 0-1 Coosa Ea­gles.

Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner /

BANQUET: he Cedar­town Lady Bull­dogs soft­ball team gath­ered for their an­nual team banquet as Novem­ber came to a close last week, cel­e­brat­ing in­di­vid­ual awards and the team as a whole af­ter a fourth place fin­ish in the re­gion and play­off ap­per­ance for 2018.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

The Cedar­town Boys bas­ket­ball team got off to a home start on Nov. 24 af­ter tak­ing on Tem­ple.

/ Kevin Myrick

Emily Love­less was joined by soft­ball coaches and ad­min­stra­tors dur­ing her Novem­ber sig­nign with Rein­hardt Univer­sity last week.

/ Kevin Myrick

Rein­hardt coach Jade Geuther showed Emily Love­less where to sign on the dot­ted line to at­tend school as a Lady Ea­gle start­ing in 2019.

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