Troup County ends Lady Bulldogs’ hot streak

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

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.

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