DALTON - The LaFayette Lady Ramblers took the court at Dalton High School at 4 p.m. in a Region 7-AAAA tournament game against Cass on Monday.
The Lady Ramblers' game finally arrived at the school about 30 minutes later.
LaFayette overcame a dismal first quarter and moved on to the quarterfinals with a 56-41 win over the Lady Colonels.
With the victory, LaFayette (13-14) will face subregion "B" top-seed Northwest Whitfield (17-7) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. The winner will move on to the semifinals and earn a spot in the Class AAAA state playoffs.
"One more game," LaFayette head coach Matt Swanson said. "That's what this time of year is about. We've got a chance to play one more game, and if we win that one, we know we get to play at least three more. We don't have anything to lose, so we're going to go out and have fun."
Four consecutive turnovers by the Lady Ramblers allowed Cass to score eight points in the final 1:34 of the first quarter. Those eight points capped a 14-1 run over the final 4:54 of the period and gave the Lady Colonels an 18-9 advantage.
But LaFayette finally got its bearings in the second quarter, cutting the gap down to 22-18 by halftime. A Shelby Narmore basket with 3:34 to go in the third quarter finally tied the game at 27, and a Tori Hunter free throw 30 seconds later finally gave the Lady Ramblers the lead for good.
LaFayette took a 30-28 lead into the fourth, but quickly extended it to 11 by scoring the first nine points of the period. Jessica Ingram would help keep Cass at bay by connecting on 10 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter.
"It was a case of poor coaching to start off with," Swanson said. "We couldn't handle their press to start with, and and they were breaking our press and we gave up 18 points. But we finally settled into a zone and really answered the bell after that."
LaFayette got 11 points from Hunter and Narmore, while Hunter added 10 rebounds. Suttles and Ingram finished with 10 points each with Suttles grabbing a team-high 16 boards. Tava Young added nine points in the win.
Post player Ashley Huskins had 14 points for Cass (6-18), but was held to just two points in the second half.
"Tori had the best game I've ever seen her play," Swanson continued. "She was just everywhere tonight. Jessica shot her free throws great in the fourth quarter, and we challenged Michaela not to let (Huskins) touch the ball in the second half. Our seniors really stepped up and I'm very proud of them."
Heritage girls 66, Cedartown 44
The night's other girls' game saw the Lady Generals break the game open after outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 22-5 in the second quarter to lead 40-19 at intermission.
Alex Belk had 12 points for Heritage (19-6). Shelby Mullinax finished with 11. Jennifer Buckner and Jada Hubbard had 10 each, and April Evans had nine on a trio of three-pointers.
Allie Gravitt led Cedartown (2-22) with 12 points. Keona Love added 10 and Morgan Gore finished with eight.
Heritage will take on "A" subregion No. 1 seed River Ridge (17-8) Wednesday at 4 p.m. with a state playoff berth on the line.
Ridgeland boys 62, Cedartown 47
The Panthers used first-half runs of 7-0, 9-0, and 10-0 to go up 28-7 and coasted from there as they moved into the second round.
Ridgeland (9-15) got 18 points from Jalen Smith and 16 from Xavier McLin. They will move on to face top-seeded Gilmer (22-3) Wednesday at 5:30 with the winner advancing to state.
Exzavier Pace had 19 points for Cedartown (0-23).
Pickens boys 50, LaFayette 37
The Ramblers saw their season come to a close at the hands of the Dragons, who took control of the game with an 11-0 run at the end of the first half that gave them a 26-14 lead at the break.
LaFayette would cut the lead to eight twice in the fourth quarter, but Pickens answered by breaking the Ramblers' press for three transition baskets in a 90-second span to seal the win.
Jacob Stephens had 15 points for Pickens (9-17), who will face top-seeded Northwest Whitfield (20-3) on 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Tyler Shropshire had 13 points and eight rebounds for LaFayette (11-15), while Stefan Edmondson added eight points in a losing effort.