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Tough holiday schedule prepares Canes for region play
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
January 15, 2013 04:04 PM | 857 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Jazmien Barber tries to steal the ball from teammate Stefanie Will during scrimmages last week.
From left, Jazmien Barber tries to steal the ball from teammate Stefanie Will during scrimmages last week.
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The Cartersville girls basketball team began a three-game win streak over the holiday break and things are starting to come together for the team.

“We’re 8-5 and starting to do a lot that we’ve worked on and things have begun to fall in place. The tough holiday schedule got us better,” said head coach Cindy Moore.

The Lady ’Canes went 2-4 against such higher classification opponents as North Forsyth and Sprayberry over the break, but Moore said the rugged competition prompted different players on her team to step up.

The top scorer for Cartersville is currently Kaelyn Irby, who averages 16 points a night. Jazmine Baldwin follows behind with a 10-point average.

On defense, the team’s top defender is Stephanie Will. Moore described Will as a hard-playing athlete with lots of experience who challenges the opposing team’s best player and hustles hard.

Now that the second part of the season has begun, Cartersville, like many other schools, will have no more non-region games.

“It is just the challenge we have. Christmas challenged us. We’re second in the region and certainly chasing Sonoraville,” Moore said.

The goal, according to Moore, is to be at the top of the region “when it’s all said and done.”

As the team works on refining their basketball knowledge and skills, Moore said the players need to work on their intensity.

“Our biggest challenge is just to be more intense and focused every night for the full 32 minutes. We have to try to finish strong and set up for a good region tournament,” Moore said.

Moore said while her team beat Gordon Central on Jan. 8, they played “a little flat.”

Overall, Moore is pleased with the way the team is playing and hopes the girls can keep up the streak and achieve their goals for the season.

“We have to match up every night — so far so good,” Moore said. “I’m hoping to keep getting wins…I’m excited and hope to be playing our best basketball in about a month.”
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