CAIRO —Cairo wasn’t particularly sharp Saturday night.

However, the Syrupmakers shook off the lingering effects of their Region 1-AAA win against Monroe on Friday after a sluggish first quarter and streaked past Bainbridge 65-55.

Cairo (15-7) grabbed a 9-5 lead when Terrence Bowman drained a 3-pointer with 5:29 left in the first quarter. But, the Bearcats stormed right back with a 3-point barrage of their own. Bainbridge nailed five 3’s in the quarter, capped by Brian Bowen’s buzzer-beating halfcourt heave that pushed the Bearcats to a 20-14 lead.

“We just came off that game (Friday) night a little flat,” Cairo coach Isiah Chance said. “All of a sudden, they started putting that team cohesion together a little bit.”

Bowen’s bucket seemed to fire up the Syrupmakers. Senior post Cameron Wade knocked down two straight jumpers to pull Cairo within two and Bowman drilled two straight 3-pointers that gave Cairo a 24-22 lead.

“We just kept our composure and executed on offense,” Chance said.

Bowman led the Syrupmakers with 24 points, 17 coming in the first half. Wade added 16, while Jacolby Griffin chipped in 14.


Bainbridge 52, Cairo 51

After controlling play for three quarters, the Syrupmaids showed their youth — missing eight of 14 free throws in the second half and turning it over three straight possessions late. Those miscues cost Cairo in a 52-51 overtime loss.

“Don’t ask me how that happens, other than pressure,” Cairo coach Lucy Baker said of the Syrupmaids’ late miscues. “We want to run with the big dogs and we can’t even bark. We have a yip, yip instead of a woof.”

After the Syrupmaids’ allowed Bainbridge to grab a 41-39 lead on a Hillary Chapman free throw with 10 second left, Cairo (8-14) forward Ashley Holt nailed two from the stripe to tie it with two seconds left to force the extra period.

However, the comeback wasn’t enough, for the Bearcats’ duo of Alexis Burke and Zaikia Dawson was too much. Bainbridge scored six straight in overtime for a 52-47 lead before Holt connected on three free throws. The Syrupmaids had a chance for the win, but Kearra Williams missed one of two with three seconds left and Holt’s heave from halfcourt fell short at the buzzer.

“We’re just young and every experience like this is a growing experience — if we don’t kill each other before we’re done growing,” Cairo coach Lucy Baker said.

Holt led Cairo with 25 points. Dawson poured in 19 for the Bearcats, 18 after half, and Burke added 17.

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