The Lady Bulldogs (13-8, 3-3) lost to region leading Carrollton on Friday and then dropped a tough three-point loss to Douglas County on Saturday.
The following is a recap of each game:
Carrollton 66, CHS 47 (girls)
The Carrollton Lady Trojans (15-5, 6-0) continued their region dominance last Friday as they dismantled Cedartown, 66-47.
Cedartown and Carrollton started the game evenly, tied at four, before the Lady Trojans went on a 11-0 run to build a 15-4 lead just 4:30 minutes into the game.
After a Lady Bulldogs basket, Carrollton closed the quarter on a 14-3 run to build a 29-9 lead.
Cedartown would outscore Carrollton 18-11 in the second period to trim the halftime deficit to 13 at 40-27.
The Lady Bulldogs, who had 15 first half turnovers, would be outscored 22-16 in the third quarter to fall behind 62-43. Each team then scored four points in the final quarter as Carrollton won, 66-47.
Kendra Shepherd finished 6-of-10 from the floor to lead Cedartown with 14 points. The 6-foot-3 post player also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots.
Kelsey Pace finished with 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting and Courtney Martin added 10 points, four steals and four assists.
CHS 47, Carrollton 45 (boys)
After Sadarius Richardson’s three-pointer with 1:22 left, things begin to look gloomy for Cedartown. The Bulldogs were down by five points with not much time left and were shooting just 32 percent (16-of-50) from the floor.
But luckily for Cedartown, senior Cory Gardhigh stepped up to the challenge and hit three three-pointers in the next 53 seconds, including the game winner with 18 seconds left, to lift Cedartown to a 47-45 come-from-behind win over the Trojans (11-9, 3-3).
“I expect that from my seniors,” Head Coach John Sheffield said in reference to Gardhigh’s clutch play. “Gardhigh has been stepping up big for us for a long time. He not only stepped up big with those three’s but he also took over on defense and led our backside defense tonight.”
Gardhigh finished the game with seven rebounds, four blocked shots, one steal and several deflected passes. The two-sport standout ended the game with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
“I kept telling the guys during timeouts to keep believing. To believe that you can win this game,” Sheffield said. “Even though the three’s weren’t falling earlier, I told them to keep shooting them if they were open and eventually they started falling.”
Nagee Smith scored 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting and Quan Martin finished with six points, three assists and two steals.
“Our defense played good tonight,” Sheffield added. “In the first meeting they scored 50 on us but tonight they had only 45. We are doing good defensively but we need to box out better, we can’t give teams so many second chances.”
Douglas Co. 60, CHS 57 (girls)
Despite jumping out to an early lead the Lady Bulldogs were unable to hold off a late Lady Tigers (14-6, 3-2) charge and fell 60-57 in a non-region game.
After Pace’s basket tied the game at 57 with 59 seconds left, the Lady Bulldogs would foul Riley Thompson.
Douglas County’s best shooter stepped to the charity stripe and hit her first free throw to give the Lady Tigers a 58-57 lead with 46 seconds left.
Thompson would miss her second free throw but as Cedartown grabbed the rebound they lost the ball out of bounds.
Douglas County would throw the ball in and run off 16 seconds before Cedartown fouled.
Two Lady Tiger free throws with 30 seconds left gave Douglas County a 60-57 advantage.
Shepherd and LeeAnne Woodhouse would both have open looks at the basket in the next few seconds but both would miss their shots.
After a wild few moments, Cedartown would get the ball back with the chance for one last shot. However, the Lady Bulldogs would not be able to get a shot off before time ran out.
Shepherd, who shot 10-of-18, finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Martin added 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting and Woodhouse finished with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
Douglas Co. 116, CHS 79 (boys)
Playing without Gardhigh, who was out of town on a football recruiting trip, the Bulldogs were unable to keep pace with No. 1 ranked Douglas County and fell, 116-79.
Cedartown took an early lead on the Tigers, 13-11, but once the Tigers (19-2, 5-1) tied the game at 16 on Jajuan Jones lay up Douglas County would go on an 8-0 run to take a 22-16 lead after one quarter of play.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs were down only 29-24 with five minutes left before the Tigers went on a 25-4 run to build a 54-28 cushion.
The Tigers scored 29 third quarter points to take a 83-48 lead into the final eight minutes.
Douglas County broke the 100-point mark with 3:45 left and capped their offensive showing with 1:06 left when Jones grabbed a long alley-oop pass for a powerful dunk.
Jones led all scorers with 25 points while Ricky Dobbs added 23 for the Tigers.
Smith scored 20 points, including three dunks, to lead the Bulldogs. Martin added 18, Michael Monroe 10 and Derrick Sams 10.