Cedar­town bas­ket­ball sea­son ends at St. Pius X

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

The Cedar­town Bull­dogs saw their sea­son come to an end last night, fall­ing 81-40 to St. Pius X.

Cedar­town fell be­hind early and was not able to catch back up, tak­ing on one of the top 5 teams in the state.

Af­ter one pe­riod, the Golden Lions held a 21-5 lead over the Bull­dogs.

They con­tin­ued to pour it on in the sec­ond and held a com­mand­ing 45-21 half­time lead. De­spite a valiant sec­ond half ef­fort by the Bull­dogs, it was too lit­tle, too late.

The loss marks the end of the high school bas­ket­ball ca­reer for two se­nior Bull­dogs- Zah Fra­zier and Eli­jah Pace.

Both were held to only 2 points by the St. Pius X de­fense.

The lead­ing scor­ers for Cedar­town were MJ Hol­i­day and Jeremiah John­son, who had 12 and 9 re­spec­tively.

This marks the end of the sea­son for Cedar­town bas­ket­ball, which saw one of its most pros­per­ous sea­sons in a long while.

The Bull­dogs made the play­offs for the first time in a decade, and upped last year’s win to­tal by one game. They fin­ish the sea­son 13-16 over­all and went 5-7 in re­gion play.

Cedar­town en­tered the play­off the fourth seed in Re­gion 5-4A.

The Cedar­town Lady Bull­dogs put up a great ef­fort against the state’s third-ranked team, but a sec­ond half come­back pro­pelled the Madi­son County Lady Raiders to a 64-51 vic­tory.

The play­off ap­pear­ance was the first for the Cedar­town girls bas­ket­ball team in well over a decade.

Early on, all signs pointed to­wards an up­set in the matchup. The Lady Bull­dogs con­trolled the tempo through­out the first half, se­verely out­re­bound­ing the Lady Raiders.

Cedar­town led 10-9 af­ter one pe­riod and 30-24 at half­time. Mid­way through the third pe­riod, the Madi­son County of­fense caught on fire, led by sopho­more Kayla McPher­son and 6’1 Jor­dan Bai­ley­both of whom fin­ished with over 26 points.

Se­nior Lady Bull­dog Tam­era Bee­man was the team’s lead­ing scorer, fin­ish­ing with 14 points.

Keke Turner and Qiana Wat­son scored 13 and 10 points re­spec­tively. Kam Fra­zier had a great night grab­bing of­fen­sive re­bounds, net­ting 8 boards and hav­ing 9 points. Marycille Brumby had 5 points and 8 re­bounds.

The loss brings the sea­son to an end for Cedar­town’s Lady Bull­dogs bas­ket­ball team.

Cedar­town’s over­all record fin­ished at 16-11 -- their most wins in around 20 years.

They went 7-5 in re­gion play, clinch­ing the fourth seed in Re­gion 5-4A.

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