Troup County ends Lady Bulldogs’ hot streak
It was too little, too much for the Cedartown Lady Bulldogs in last Friday night’s region tournament loss to the Troup County Lady Tigers.
Although, the third seed Lady Bulldogs attempted a valiant comeback, they fell just short to the second seed Lady Tigers.
Early on, the Cedartown defense was phenomenal. Through the entire first period, Troup County only made one basket. They trailed 8-2 after the first period. Then, the Lady Tigers found their rhythm offensively. They battled back in the second to bring it close and eventually take the lead over the Lady Bulldogs with only seconds left in the first half. Troup held a 19-18 advantage at halftime.
In the third period, the opposition started to pull away from Cedartown. The Lady Tigers led 33-26 heading into the fourth and continued their offensive firepower early in the fourth, leading by as much as 10 points. The Lady Bulldogs went on a scoring run themselves, bringing it as close as 41-39 in the final minute and a half. Unfortunately, Cedartown was forced to foul and Troup County made each of their attempted free throws down the stretch en route to a 45-39 victory.
Qiana Watson was the leading scorer for the Lady Bulldogs, finishing with 14 points. Tamera Beeman recorded a double-double, pairing 10 points and 12 rebounds. Kam Frazier had a nice night scoring with 7 points, and Keke Turner had 6 points and 6 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth. Marycille Brumby may have only scored 2 points but grabbed 8 rebounds in another impressive defensive performance by the freshman.
With the loss, the Lady Bulldogs will move on to the consolation game of the Region 5-4A Tournament. The third round game will be at Sandy Creek High School on Saturday, with the tip off scheduled for 3 pm. Their opponent will be fourth seed Central, who fell to first seed Sandy Creek in their second round game.
The winner of the game after press time was set to be the third seed for the region in the state playoffs, and the loser entered the playoffs as a four seed.
Cedartown came into the tournament hot with a win over Cartersville, but not without dramatics.
They struggled to create separation early on, leading 11-9 after one period. The Lady Canes charged back to command an 18-17 halftime advantage. After a nice third period, the Lady Bulldogs held a 28-26 lead going into the final period.
The fourth was a messy period for Cedartown. Two of their three leading scorers, Qiana Watson and Keke Turner, fouled out. Cartersville had wide open shots. However, in crunch time, Ava Allred and Tamera Beeman came alive and willed their team to a hard-earned 45-35 victory, creating just enough room in the final three minutes to secure the 10-point victory.