The Lady Bulldogs got a much needed win and knocked off Sandy Creek's undefeated streak in Region 5-AAAA play to end the week before a road trip after press time to Chapel Hill on Tuesday night.
Cedartown will kick off play against the Lady Panthers on the road with a 6 p.m. start at the Douglasville-area high school, followed by the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m.
At 16 games in, the Lady Bulldogs are sitting at an even 8-8 and are fifth place behind Central Carroll in the region at 2-3 after the weekend, and win the win over Sandy Creek allowed LaGrange to take over the top spot in girls basketball for 5-AAAA.
The win was just what the doctor ordered for head coach Eddie Gambrell's young squad, who had been on a three-game skid since a Jan. 5 home loss to LaGrange, and a pair of losses on the road.
"They maintained their composure and have stayed in games," Gambrell said. "We do have some athletes and have a lot of speed, and when we run the press like we're supposed to we can beat teams."
The Lady Bulldogs got a brief break after a loss at Central Carroll on Jan. 6 in a three-point loss before they got back to work last Friday on the road again, falling to Troup County and in a 47-35 finish on the Lady Tigers home court.
Playing fast and putting pressure on the Lady Patriots on Saturday, they were able to overcome a first quarter deficit, score 11 and take a lead into the locker room and stayed just ahead Sandy Creek through the rest of the game before taking a 41-35 win at home.
Gambrell said it was the kind of success his team needed.
"I've said this about every game: we're young. We're young," he said. "Doing this for 16 years, some of the mistakes that I see us making is because of our youth. When it comes to region play, we've been in every game except for the LaGrange game here that kind of got away from us... We're learning. It's a learning process."
For the Bulldogs, things haven't gone as well as planned for Benjie Frazier's squad.
"It all depends on the mindset of the team. Right now it's all about me, me, me, and mine, mine mine," Frazier said. "Until we come together as one, these kinds of nights are going to keep happening."
The 8-8 Bulldogs sit at 2-3 in Region 5-AAAA play, putting them also in fifth place while a undefeated Cartersville reigns at the top of the area record books and only two losses on the season overall.
Cedartown's boys also got a break last week and didn't have a Tuesday game on the schedule, having come off a 73-64 win over Central Carroll and a LaGrange win at home.
Two steps forward turned into two steps back as they took a road loss to Troup County 49-33, and then a home loss to Sandy Creek 55-42.
They'd kept the game close through halftime, but the Bulldogs couldn't keep up with the Patriot speed and steals, falling behind by 13 in the weekend loss.
After a visit to Douglasville, both teams are back home to face Cartersville on Friday, then take a road trip again to face LaGrange on Saturday. Next Tuesday, the programs host Central Carroll as the region rotation continues.