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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Cedartown loses to Gilmer, but shows signs of improvement

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After playing one of their best games of the season on Tuesday against Pickens, the Cedartown Lady Bulldogs put forth another strong effort in a Senior Night game at home against Gilmer.

In the end, however, the Lady Bobcats were able to win 73-48 to claim their third Region 7-AAAA, sub-region ‘A’ win.

Cedartown (2-21 overall, 0-8 sub-region) matched basket for basket with the Lady Bobcats (13-11, 3-4) early on and trailed only 13-10.

Gilmer would end the first quarter on a small 4-0 spurt to take a 17-10 lead into the second stanza.

Cedartown would fight back, going on an 8-3 spurt of their own to cut Gilmer’s lead to 20-18. However, the Lady Bobcats would go on a 16-3 run to stretch their lead to 36-21, before Cedartown scored the final five points of the opening half.

Thanks to the strong post play of Allie Gravitt (10 first half points) the Lady Bulldogs would stay close to Gilmer. But with 5:57 left in the third quarter, Gravitt picked up her third foul and was forced to the bench.

The Lady Bobcats post player Brittany Lowman seized the moment when Gravitt went out and Lowman scored nine third quarter points to help Gilmer take a 54-41 lead into the last quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Gilmer outscored Cedartown 19-7 to win going away.

Gravitt led Cedartown with 16 points while Arkeria Boozer scored 11 and freshman Lexy Barnett had eight.

Lowman and Bailey Charles each scored 17 points for Gilmer. Britton Farlow added 12 for the Lady Bobcats and Jenna Parks scored 11.

The Senior Night game was the last home game for seniors Takeria Chivers, Meghan Keith and Morgan Gore.

With the loss, Cedartown ends the regular season. They will now play against Southeast Whitfield on Monday in Dalton at the Region 7-AAAA tournament, according to head coach Johna Tidwell.