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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Cedartown defeats Pickens, 71-67

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On a night where Cedartown High School Lady Bulldogs basketball seniors were honored, it was a freshman that sealed the win.

With the Lady Bulldogs clinging to a 69-67 lead, freshman Tia Covington stepped to the charity stripe and converted both free throw attemps with 2.8 seconds left to give Cedartown a 71-67 lead, which wound up also being the final score.

"Coach Moore and I could not be more proud than we are tonight," head coach Johna Tidwell said. "Beating Pickens was a huge step for the Lady Bulldogs."

Cedartown (8-11 overall, 1-4 sub-region) earned just their first Region 7-AAAA, sub-region 'A' win of the season.

"I believe our girls are peaking just in time," Tidwell said.

Lexy Barnett had a team-high 23 points for Cedartown. Senior Arkeria Boozer had 21 and Covington added 15.

The Lady Bulldogs fell behind 23-17 at the end of the first quarter and trailed 43-38 at the break.

In the third quarter, Cedartown was down 52-42 when they went on a 9-0 run to cut Pickens lead to one, 52-51.

Cedartown eventually tied the game at 59 early in the fourth quarter on a Boozer free throw. Moments later, Boozer made another free throw to give the Lady Bulldogs a 60-59 lead.

The two teams would then sprint to the finish line, answering bucket for bucket.

With 5.1 seconds left, the Dragonettes converted a field goal attempt to cut Cedartown's lead to 69-67. That is when Pickens fouled Convington, sending the youngster to the free throw line. Covington then made both free throws to seal the sub-region win.

"I'm also proud of Shana Abram, a freshman, she had seven points," Tidwell said. "Victoria Frazier, another freshman, was huge for us as well. She is a big contributor defensively and offensively. Her outstanding rebound game tonight really helped us."

Tidwell also noted how a pair of her seniors played on Senior Night.

"Seniors Kinshea Jackson and Shay Jones were huge contributors defensively and offensively," Tidwell noted.

Cedartown finished 13-of-22 at the free throw line, a positive stat that stood out to Tidwell.

The Lady Bulldogs will host Cass on Wednesday in another sub-region skirmish. Tip-off for the final regular season home game will be 6 p.m.

Editor's note: After the girls game, seniors Shay Jones, Arkeria Boozer and Kinshea Jackson were honored during senior night activities.