For the first time in at least 13 years the Cedartown Bulldogs are playing in the second round of the basketball state tournament. After picking up a 56-44 win over St. Pius X in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs last weekend, the Bulldogs will host North Hall in round two this Wednesday at 7 p.m.
“These seniors have come a long way,” second-year Head Coach Benji Frazier said of his seven twelfth-graders. “In four years they have had three head coaches. To get to this point shows their character.”
Making the state playoffs hasn’t been the issue for Cedartown over the years, as they’ve now made the postseason two years in a row and four times in the last five seasons, the problem for the Bulldogs had been winning once they got there.
Cedartown has made the state playoffs six times since the 1996-97 season, but until Saturday the Bulldogs had never won any of those opening round contests.
“Winning a state tournament game is big,” Frazier said. “It is something the players on this team can always look back on and cherish.”
Now Cedartown (20-9) will turn their attention to North Hall (21-8), a team that comes from one of the most traditioned basketball parts of the state – Hall County.
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