By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Wolverine basketball team wrapped up the regular season last week by splitting
a pair of region games. The Wolverines downed Pepperell at home and then fell
to the Coosa Eagles in Rome on Friday night.
That could have
been a tough loss for the Wolverines but they got some help from Model, who
defeated Murray County to give Dade sole possession of second place in the
region, first round bye in the region tournament and a guaranteed spot in the
upcoming state tournament.
night the Wolverines hosted the Pepperell Dragons. Dade was looking for revenge
from an earlier loss to the Dragons.
started off slow but still held a seven point lead at the end of the first quarter, 16-9.
The Dragons rallied
back however and by the end of the first half had managed to tie the game
27-27. They outscored the Wolverines 18-11 in the second quarter.
Dade began to
take control in the third quarter as they slowly built a six point lead, 49-43.
The Wolverines broke
the game open in the fourth quarter when they outscored the visiting Dragons
21-11 and claimed a big 70-54 win. That win assured the Wolverines at least a
tie for second place in the region.
led the Wolverines with 30 points and he also grabbed eight rebounds and dished
out seven assists. Clynt Bell was the only other Wolverine in double figures
with 14 points while Dustin Howard and Jarrett Page grabbed 10 rebounds each.
18 16 11 54
16 11 22 21
Dade County (70)-Cole Birchfield 30,
Stephens 2, Dustin Howard 12, Chitwood 1, Sharp, Smith, Clynt Bell 14, Gaddis
6, Walden, Page 5, Lawrence
Three Point Field Goals:
Dade 8 (Birchfield 3, Bell 4, Page)
Other highlights: Birchfield 8r,
7a; Howard 10r; Page 10r
Rome on Friday night for the final regular season game the Wolverines could
claim second place in the region with a win over the Coosa Eagles but could end
no worse than a tie and have to go to the tiebreaker.
fell behind early as the Eagles came out ready to play and at the end of the
first quarter Coosa was on top 22-16.
battled back and by the end of the first half had cut the Eagles lead in half,
As has been the
case on other occasions this season the third quarter would be the Wolverines
The Eagles came
out firing and scored 28 third quarter points to the Wolverines 11 to take a
commanding 72-52 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Wolverines would cut into the lead from time to time the Eagles always managed
to rally and came away with a big upset win, 109-89.
town Model defeated Murray County to give the Wolverines sole possession of
second place behind Calhoun and an automatic berth in the state tournament that
starts next week.
Bell led the
Wolverines with 30 points hitting nine three–point shots in the process while
Birchfield scored 24 and Nic Gaddis added 11.
Howard grabbed 10 rebounds each and Page grabbed eight.
Dade 16 25 11 37 89
Coosa 22 22
28 37 109
Dade (89)-Cole Birchfield 24, Howard 9,
Chitwood 2, Sharp 2, Clynt Bell 30, Nic Gaddis 11, Walden 5, Page 6
Three Point Field Goals: Dade 13
(Birchfield 2, Bell 9, Gaddis, Walden)
Other highlights: Birchfield 10r;
Howard 10r; Page 8r (DC)
tournament gets underway at Georgia Highlands College on Tuesday night but Dade
gets a bye until the Friday night semifinal game when they will face the winner
of Model/Pepperell/Armuchee. Game time is 8:30 p.m.
A win Friday
night would put the Wolverines hosting host a first round state tournament game
next week. A win also puts them in the region final on Saturday night at 8:30
p.m. against the Coosa/Murray/Chattooga/Coosa winner.
lose their first game on Friday they would play at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday
afternoon for third place and would travel in the first round of the state