Bulldogs hit the rim on Senior Night
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.
Jayden Johnson’s dunk against Sandy Creek made a statement in the team’s last regular season home game for the 2018-19 season.
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.
The Cedartown boys kept well ahead of Coosa in a late January non-region win.