The Lady Tigers of Adairsville were the only local girls basketball team to pick up a win Friday night as teams began the January grind through region schedules. Adairsville rallied in the final minute for a come-from-behind win at Haralson County, but the other three local girls teams suffered losses Friday night.
ADAIRSVILLE GIRLS 40, HARALSON COUNTY 39
The Lady Tigers battled from behind most of Friday night but rallied in the final minute to escape Haralson County with a one-point, Region 6-AAA victory. The host Lady Rebels led 11-8 after one period and 20-17 at halftime. Haralson also maintained a 35-32 advantage after three quarters, but Adairsville stayed within three points heading into the game’s final minute. The Lady Tigers’ defense forced a pair of late turnovers and buckets by Lexie Childers and Alexa Varner put Adairsville ahead 40-39 with 15 seconds remaining. A turnover by the Lady Tigers near the division line gave Haralson County one last chance with 0:03 remaining but the Rebels’ last second, three-point attempt missed. Varner and Childers led Adairsville with 10 points each. Haley Stiles was next with nine. Autumn Henderson scored six points and Ji’Lyah Mitchell added five for the Lady Tigers. Victoria Barley and Laurel Vines paced Haralson County (2-8, 0-7) with 13 and nine points, respectively. Adairsville (5-10, 2-5) hosts Murray County Saturday night at 6 p.m. PHOTO: Lexie Childers by Randy Parker, The Daily Tribune News CEDARTOWN 42, CARTERSVILLE GIRLS 39 Quiana Watson scored 18 points and KeKe Turner added 11 as the Cedartown Lady Bulldogs edged the Cartersville girls Friday night at The Storm Center, 42-39. Cedartown led at each quarter stop although the game was close throughout. The Lady Bulldogs (5-3, 1-0) led 11-10 after one quarter, 24-18 at halftime, and 31-29 after three quarters. Lehla Thomas led Cartersville with 12 points. Ariana Cochran followed with eight for the Hurricanes. The Lady Canes (7-6, 0-1) play at Central-Carroll Saturday at 4:30 p.m. HIRAM 56, CASS GIRLS 49 (Overtime) The Cass girls dropped an important Region 7-AAAAA game at Hiram Friday night 56-49 in overtime.
Hiram, who led by one point at halftime and by one point heading into the fourth quarter, outscored the Lady Colonels 13-6 in the overtime period. The Lady Hornets made 20 of 23 free throws in the contest while Cass was only 10 for 16 with four misses coming in the final period. Hiram (8-6, 4-2) was led by Imani Smith with 20 points. Erial Owens followed with 13 and Lauryn Towner added 10 for the Hornets. Londaisha Smith scored 19 for Cass. Claire Davis tossed in 16 points and Ariana Hames had nine for the Lady Colonels. Cass (12-5, 3-5) hosts unbeaten and 2nd-ranked Kell (14-0) Tuesday night at 6 p.m. CARROLLTON 59, WOODLAND GIRLS 17 The Carrollton girls led 20-5 after one quarter and never looked back in a 59-17 win Friday night over visiting Woodland. With ten players reaching the scoring column, Kanija Daniel led the host Lady Trojans (8-8, 4-3) with 11 points. Jordan Thompson led the Lady Cats with eight points. Woodland (3-10, 1-5) travels to 3rd-ranked Villa Rica Saturday afternoon for a 3 p.m. tip.