The Bulldogs won the opening round over Pepperell before falling in the second round to Cartersville. Since the Bulldogs did not make it to the semifinals of the region tournament they do not qualify for state and they end their season with a 16-10 record.
Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Pepperell 65-58 in overtime in the first round of the Region 6-AAA tournament and advanced into the second round to face Carrollton before bowing out of the tournament.
Following is a recap of the Region 6-AAA tournament:
TUESDAY, FEB. 10:
Cedartown 65, Pepperell 58 (Girls)
The Cedartown Lady Bulldogs (11-14) have relied on their big three – Kendra Shepherd, Kelsey Pace, Courtney Martin - to get it done all season long and the big three didn’t disappoint Tuesday, February 10 as the Lady ’Dogs defeated Pepperell 65-58 in overtime to advance in the Region 6-AAA tournament.
Pace scored a game high 25 points, including hitting 8-of-10 free throws while Shepherd netted 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Martin had eight steals and a handful of assists to go along with her eight points as the Lady ’Dogs knocked Pepperell out of the region tournament for the second consecutive year.
Pepperell (10-16) went toe-to-toe with Cedartown for 32 minutes, and even led after the first eight minutes of play at 10-8.
However, the Lady Bulldogs used five second quarter points from Pace – including a Pace jumper in the waning seconds of the first half that gave Cedartown a 23-22 lead at intermission.
In the second half both teams would erupt offensively and score a combined 34 third quarter points as Cedartown took a 41-38 lead into the final period.
During the final quarter the two teams would swap buckets all the way down to the buzzer as they went into overtimed tied at 54.
In overtime, Cedartown would get five points from Shepherd and four from Pace to squeak out the 65-58 victory.
Leading the Lady Dragons offensively was sophomore Lyndsay Franklin as she netted 13 points. Jennifer Bruce chipped in 12 while Kasey Ramey added 11.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11:
Cartersville 63, Cedartown 61 (Boys)
The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes may not be a team of destiny, but it sure seemed like it Wednesday night as they stormed back from a seven point deficit in the final 2:30 minutes to claim a 63-61 win over Cedartown in the second round of the Region 6-AAA tournament.
Clinging to a 55-51 lead Cedartown’s Corey Talley would drain a three-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 58-51 advantage with 2:30 minutes remaining. After calling a timeout the ’Canes would use a Roman Gilliam three-pointer to trim the lead to four, 58-54.
Cartersville would follow up a good defensive stand with a Montero Fezzia three-pointer to cut the ’Dogs lead to one, 58-57. Cedartown would tack on one more point before the ’Canes were fouled and sent to the free throw line.
Gilliam hit nothing but net on both free throw attempts to tie the game at 59 with 1:01 remaining. On the ensuing possession Cedartown’s Nick Diamond would get fouled and go to the free throw line. Diamond connected on the first free throw before missing the second one. However, on the miss James Gibson grabbed the rebound for Cedartown and was fouled.
Gibson hit his first free throw but missed his second shot as Cartersville pulled down the rebound. The ’Canes came down court and missed their shot. However, Cedartown would turn the ball over as they were rebounding the ball and give Cartersville another chance to tie the game.
The ‘Canes took full advantage as Barnes converted a lay-up to tie the game at 61 with just under 25 seconds remaining.
Cartersville then stole the inbounds pass and called timeout to set up one final play. The ‘Canes got the ball in Fezzia’s hands as the clock ran down. Fezzia began his drive but shot an off balance shot that hit the side of the rim and came down into Barnes hands who laid it back up for a basket with two seconds remaining.
Cedartown’s coach John Sheffield immediately called a timeout but the officials didn’t stop the clock until 0.1 remaining on the clock. After much debate the officials decided not to give Cedartown anymore time on the clock and the ’Dogs were forced to try a miracle shot with 0.1 remaining.
The long inbounds pass would be intercepted by the 6-foot-5 Barnes as the ’Canes came away with a dramatic 63-61 win.
Gilliam led the ’Canes offensively with 18 points while Barnes contributed 16.
Leading Cedartown offensively was Quan Martin. The junior netted 18 points, dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds.
Joining Martin in double figures for Cedartown was Nick Diamond with 14 points and six rebounds and Cory Gardhigh with 12 points, eight rebounds, and six steals.
The Bulldogs shot 49 percent from the floor during the game and converted five of nine three-pointers.
The loss ended Cedartown’s season. However, the Bulldogs finished with a 16-10 overall record, one of their most successful seasons in several years.
THURSDAY, FEB. 12
Carrollton 60, Cedartown 43 (Girls)
For eight minutes the Cedartown Lady Bulldogs (11-15) looked to be in prime position to pull off a huge upset over the Carrollton Lady Trojans.
Cedartown took the lead early behind Kelsey Pace’s hot shooting. The 5-foot-7 junior scored 10 first-quarter points, including a pair of treys, to give Cedartown a 18-16 lead after one quarter of play.
However, the Lady Trojans (20-7) erupted for 33 points over the next two quarters to take an insurmountable lead into the fourth quarter and cruise to a 60-43 win in the second round of the Region 6-AAA tournament.
Cedartown, who shot 27.2 percent from the free throw line, began having trouble in the second quarter against the Lady Trojans press defense.
Carrollton took full advantage of the turnovers and scored 15 points in the second quarter to take a 31-25 halftime lead.
After halftime the Lady Trojans used two Naportia Wortham three-pointers to extend their lead to double digits and cruise to the win.
Pacing Carrollton’s offensive attack was Wortham with 14 points. Brittany Penson added 10 while Jemera McCurty tossed in nine.
Pace was the game’s leading scorer as she scored 15 points for the Lady ’Dogs, including three three-pointers.
Kendra Shepherd added 12 points and Courtney Martin netted 11 for Cedartown.
The loss ends the Lady Bulldogs season. Cedartown finished with an 11-15 overall record.