Lady Bull­dogs take close one from Cen­tral

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - CEDAR­TOWN Staff re­ports

The Cedar­town Lady Bull­dogs got some much needed medicine from a win at home over Cen­tral, edg­ing the Lady Lions by just a sin­gle point on the night.

The Lady Bull­dogs took a 38-37 win over Cen­tral Car­roll af­ter they fell in the past two games to Sandy Creek and to Troup.

For Cedar­town’s girls bas­ket­ball team, any­thing that could have went wrong for them in last Tues­day’s loss did go wrong. Two starters- post Tam­era Bee­man and guard Qiana Wat­son- were in­jured in the pre­vi­ous Satur­day’s game against Troup County and could not play against Sandy Creek.

Ad­di­tion­ally, guard Kam Frazier was not fully healed from be­ing banged up in the week­end con­test as well, but the ju­nior fought through the pain and played on Tues­day. How­ever, when you match the ab­sences of Bee­man and Wat­son with the fact that the Lady Bull­dogs were tak­ing on the re­gion-lead­ing Lady Pa­tri­ots, it spells a recipe for dis­as­ter.

The dis­as­ter came on full force in Tues­day’s 62-34 loss.

Cedar­town fell in a hole early and was un­able to dig out be­fore the game ended. They trailed 19-9 af­ter one pe­riod and 42-17 at half­time. It would not get much closer af­ter that.

The Lady Bull­dogs were com­pletely out­matched.

Sandy Creek held a mas­sive height ad­van­tage; Lady Pa­tri­ots Paris Thompson, Da­jia Powell, and Arielle Belinga were all 5’11 or taller and com­bined for 54 of the team’s 62 points on the day. In com­par­i­son, Cedar­town’s tallest starter was 5’8 Marycille Brumby. Keke Turner put to­gether a nice per­for­mance, scor­ing 16 points and 5 re­bounds.

Marycille Brumby fin­ished with 7 points and 7 re­bounds as well. De­spite not be­ing 100 per­cent, Kam Frazier added 5 points on her own and grabbed 3 re­bounds.

For­tu­nate for the Lady Bull­dogs, they still have some time to con­tinue to break out in 5-4A for the sea­son. Cedar­town has LaGrange on Tues­day af­ter press time, and then Cen­tral and Coosa back to back at home on Fri­day and Satur­day evenings be­fore an­other road trip to Troup County.

The Lady Bull­dogs stood at press time at 11-5 over­all and 4-2 in re­gion play look­ing for a play­off spot be­fore their game over the week­end against Cartersville.

Check back for up­dates as they be­come avail­able.

SJ Cor­re­spon­dent Lo­gan Mad­dox con­trib­uted to this re­port.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

The Cedar­town Lady Bull­dogs had all their play­ers back in ro­ta­tion for a 38-37 win over Cen­tral on Fri­day, Jan. 18.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Left: Solid de­fense kept the Lady Bull­dogs on top and helped them squeak out at 38-37 win over Cen­tral Car­roll on Jan. 18. Right: The Cedar­town Lady Bull­dogs came away with a one point win on Fri­day, Jan. 18 to stay in the mix in re­gion play.

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