Bull­dogs hit the rim on Se­nior Night

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

Luck just wasn’t on the side of Cedar­town, even with a de­layed game for the threat of win­ter weather and weren’t able to come away with needed wins at press time in losses to Troup and Sandy Creek on the road and home.

Yet those losses didn’t come with­out some thrills for the home crowd dur­ing Se­nior Night for the Bull­dogs on Fri­day, when two play­ers were able to score big dunks on Sandy Creek in the fi­nal game at home for the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Jay­den John­son and Zah Fra­zier both went to the rim with the ball against the vis­it­ing Pa­tri­ots, but they were ef­forts that came with­out a win for the Bull­dogs. Cedar­town fell to Sandy Creek on Fri­day 96-58, which put them at 11-13 over­all and 4-7 in re­gion play head­ing into the fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game on Satur­day at Chapel Hill af­ter press time.

The Fri­day loss came on the heels of an­other one on the road in a game pushed back by the threat of win­ter weather last Tues­day.

Re­gion foe Troup County got the best of Cedar­town in a 67-41 matchup that did see se­nior JaQuavo McFar­land con­nected on four threes in the first half alone, lead­ing his team to jump out to a 21-6 lead af­ter one pe­riod and a 45-19 half­time ad­van­tage.

The Bull­dogs were un­able to buy a bucket in the third pe­riod, only con­vert­ing on two buck­ets the en­tire in­ter­val. They still trailed head­ing into the fi­nal pe­riod, 57-23. Ad­di­tion­ally, there was a scary mo­ment in the third, as Bull­dog star and Fra­zier came down with an ap­par­ent an­kle in­jury. He was not able to re­turn to the game. For­tu­nately, the in­jury did not seem to be ex­tremely se­vere, as he lightly walked un­der his own power when shak­ing hands with Troup play­ers af­ter the game. Troup County de­feated Cedar­town 67-41.

In the fourth pe­riod, Coach Ben­jie Fra­zier put in back­ups to get some play­ing time, in­clud­ing Ron­ald Knight, DeAn­dre Steven­son, and Ethan Sum­merville; the lat­ter of which con­nected on a three-pointer. There was a short­ened clock due to GHSA rules, but Cedar­town outscored Troup in the fourth 19-10. Michael Walker also came alive in the fi­nal 6 min­utes, scor­ing 10 points off the bench. He was the only Bull­dog in dou­ble-dig­its scor­ing.

Cedar­town sat at fourth place in re­gion play head­ing into play to set­tle the tie head­ing into the tour­na­ment with Chapel Hill on Satur­day af­ter press time. Check back for where the Bull­dogs will land in the stand­ings and for more on their reg­u­lar sea­son closer against the Pan­thers on­line.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Jay­den John­son’s dunk against Sandy Creek made a state­ment in the team’s last reg­u­lar sea­son home game for the 2018-19 sea­son.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Zah Fra­zier hit a big dunk of his own against the vis­it­ing Sandy Creek Pa­tri­ots dur­ing the Bull­dogs’ fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son home game of the 201819 sea­son.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

The Cedar­town boys kept well ahead of Coosa in a late Jan­uary non-re­gion win.

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