During Saturday’s second round action the Bulldogs (5-2) lost to the No. 1 ranked team in state, Coosa, 75-53. However, they rebounded from that defeat by blowing out Darlington 74-49 on Monday.
The Bulldogs now play Friday in the Haralson County Invitational Tournament against Bremen at 8:30.
The Lady ‘Dogs set the tone for the Cedartown programs on Friday by defeating the Gordon Central Lady Warriors, 46-41.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-5) lost to ninth-ranked Rome of AAAA, 70-50 in second round action on Saturday. The Lady ’Dogs continued to struggle Monday as they fell to Pepperell, 50-46.
The Lady Bulldogs will play again on Saturday in the Haralson County Invitational Tournament at 4 p.m. against Spring Garden, Ala.
The following is a recap of this weekend’s action:
Cedartown 74, Darlington 49 (Boys)
The Bulldogs won their fifth game of the season Monday, matching last year’s win total for the year. Cedartown took a 9-0 lead early in the game and led 19-4 before Darlington could adapt to Cedartown’s press defense.
Corey Gardhigh led Cedartown with 19 points, including a dunk in the third quarter that was perhaps the best dunk of the tournament.
James Gibson (14 points), Trey Glanton (12), and Nick Diamond (11) dominated in the paint for Cedartown.
Pepperell 50, Cedartown 46 (Girls)
The Lady Bulldogs tried to defeat Pepperell for the second time in a week last Monday, but fell just short as the Lady Dragons escaped Floyd College with a hard earned 50-46 win.
Pepperell’s Kristen Henderson hit a jumper with six seconds left to give Pepperell the win.
Kendra Shepherd led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points, while guard Courtney Martin added 11.
Rome 70, Cedartown 50 (Girls)
The Lady Bulldogs trailed only by five points at halftime (33-28) but couldn’t overcome a third-quarter run by Rome and fell 70-50 in the second round on Saturday.
Rome reeled off a 23-4 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter to take a commanding 67-42 lead.
Cedartown was led offensively by Martin, Shepherd, and Kelsey Pace who all finished the game with 15 points.
Coosa 75, Cedartown 53 (Boys)
The Cedartown Bulldogs, playing in front of an estimated crowd of 2,500 to 3,000 people at the Winthrop-King Centre on Shorter College’s campus, saw up close and personal what difference depth can mean on a basketball team.
The Eagles (7-0) had five players score 10 or more points Saturday night as they cruised to the 22-point win. Adrian Smith led Coosa with 21 points.
Cedartown, who only had five players score the entire game, were led offensively by Gardhigh (17 points), Gibson (11), Diamond (10), and Quan Martin (10).
Cedartown 46, Gordon Central 41 (Girls)
Shepherd scored a team high 14 points while Pace contribued 11 points, inclduing two three-pointers, as the Lady ’Dogs overcame foul trouble to defeat the Lady Warriors, 46-41.
Clinging to a 43-41 lead late in the game Cedartown’s Danitra Frazier hit a free throw and LeeAnne Woodhouse added a lay-up to give the Lady ‘Dogs a five-point lead and a win in the opening round of the Festival for the second consecutive year.
“This was a nice way for my first game to go,” Cedartown Head Coach Samantha Rush said. “We played well overall.”
Cedartown 81, Armuchee 46 (Boys)
Martin tallied 25 points, including four three-pointers, as the Bulldogs defeated the Indians for the third time this season. Diamond chipped in 22 points for Cedartown, who held a 60-34 lead going into the final quarter.
“We’re still a work in progress,” Cedartown Head Coach John Sheffield said after the win. “We have to learn how to handle success.”
Gardhigh pitched in 11 points for the Bulldogs, including a thunderous dunk in the first half that helped ignite Cedartown’s offense.
Sports Writer Joseph Myers contributed to this article.