Cartersville split a pair of non-region games Saturday afternoon at Calhoun while the Cass boys won a nip-and-tuck battle with Lithia Springs at the LakePoint Showcase in Emerson.
CARTERSVILLE BOYS 54, CALHOUN 27
The Hurricanes got double digit scoring from Perignon Dyer (16), Jaylon Pugh (15), and Isaac Gridley (10) and improved to 2-0 with a 54-27 win at Calhoun Saturday afternoon.
Cartersville led 15-6 after on period, 30-13 at the intermission, and 47-19 through three quarters on their way to the 27-point decision.
Davis Allen scored eight points and Tononcito Martha added seven for the Yellow Jackets as they fell to 1-2 on the season.
Rounding out the Cartersville scoring were T.J. Horton with eight points. Luke Schiltz and Grant Harris posted two points apiece. Marqual Coaxum scored one.
The Canes (2-0) play Pepperell Monday at 4:30 p.m. at Berry College in the opening round of the 2017 Rome News-Tribune Holiday Tournament. A win for Cartersville would create a rematch with Calhoun Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Georgia Highlands College. The Yellow Jackets received an opening round bye.
CALHOUN GIRLS 41, CARTERSVILLE 36
A Lady Canes rally in the final eight minutes was not quite enough Saturday as Cartersville lost at Calhoun 41-36.
Cartersville fell behind early and trailed 31-22 after three quarters. The Lady Canes narrowed the deficit to only two points in the final period, but Calhoun held on for a five-point win.
Erin Davis and Railey Greeson led Calhoun (2-2) in scoring with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
“We came out a little flat,” said Cartersville coach Cindy Moore. “We made a nice effort in the fourth quarter to cut their lead to two at one point, but didn’t quite get over the hump.”
Cio Siegler led Cartersville scorers with nine points. She was followed by De’Asia Jefferson with eight, Kalli Scheff with six, Amaya Davis and Addie Smith with four each, London Shaw scored three, and Ariana Cochran two points for the Lady Canes.
Cartersville (3-3) plays Woodland Monday at 3 p.m. at Berry College in the first round of the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Tournament.
CASS BOYS 52, LITHIA SPRINGS 48
The Cass boys won a back-and-forth affair with Lithia Springs Saturday afternoon at the LakePoint Champions Center by outscoring the Lions 18-13 in the fourth quarter.
The game was the opener of a four-game boys set featured at the 2nd annual LakePoint Showcase in Emerson.
In a game where the lead swapped hands several times throughout, the Colonels led 12-10 after one quarter and 25-21 at halftime. Lithia Springs took a 35-34 lead into the final eight minutes.
Chase Ellison led Lithiai Springs with 12 points. Keyshawn Phillips added nine for the Lions who slipped to 7-3 on the year.
Mark Chester had a game-high 22 points for the Colonels. Ashton Burley scored 19 points and Justice Hayes added eight. Ethan Carter chipped in with two points. Hayes also grabbed several key rebounds for Cass down the stretch.
Cass (5-2) plays at Adairsville Tuesday night. The girls game will precede and is scheduled for 7 p.m. tip.