The Cartersville girls and boys basketball teams lost home games with Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon at The Storm Center while the Excel Christian Academy boys fell on the road at Mt. Zion-Carroll.
CHAPEL HILL 43, CARTERSVILLE GIRLS 38
The Cartersville girls stayed close throughout, but could not quite overcome Chapel Hill Saturday in a 43-38 Region 5-AAAA loss at The Storm Center. With inclement weather forecast and on its way for the afternoon and early evening, the games were played early in the day. Chapel Hill trailed 11-10 after one quarter, but held leads of 22-15 at halftime and 30-24 through three quarters before holding on for a five-point victory. Savannah Howard led Chapel Hill (8-9, 1-3) with 14 points. Nadia Barbary added nine for the Panthers. Cartersville was led by Ariana Cochran with 11 points. Cio Seigler (photo) followed with nine. Naijah Evans scored seven. Jimaya Moore contributed six points. Jakayah Draughn and Lehla Thomas finished with two points each. Kierra Milline added one point for the Lady Canes. “We missed a lot of shots,” said Cartersville head coach Cindy Moore. “We had it cut to two points late but Chapel Hill hit the shots they needed down the stretch.” Cartersville (8-8, 1-3) plays at Class AAAA 6th-ranked Troup County next Friday night at 6 p.m. and at Cedartown Saturday night — also at 6 p.m.
CHAPEL HILL 82, CARTERSVILLE BOYS 79 (Overtime)
The Hurricanes fell behind early and trailed by 14 at halftime before rallying in the second half to send the game into overtime tied at 62-all Saturday at The Storm Center. Unfortunately for Cartersville, they ultimately fell in double overtime to the Class AAAA, 5th-ranked Panthers, 82-79. The visiting Panthers led 17-11 after one quarter and 37-23 at the intermission, but the Canes outscored Chapel Hill 20-10 in the third period to pull within four. Cartersville then sent the game to overtime tied at 62 by holding a 19-15 advantage in the fourth quarter. Chapel Hill was only 4-for-9 from the charity stripe in the extra periods — leaving an opportunity for the Hurricanes — but Cartersville was only 2-for-5 themselves and came up just short. K.J. Doucet led the Panthers with 21 points. Kelvin Hunter scored 17. Mikai Valentine knocked down 16 points and Micah Bell added 14 for Chapel Hill. Kolbe Benham (photo) led four Cartersville players in double figures with 19 points. Micah Tart followed with 16. Kyler Johnson scored 14 and Kam Callahan 11. Marquail Coaxum finished with eight points. Marko Dudley contributed seven and Robert Novak tossed in four points for the Canes. Chapel Hill improved to 11-6 on the season and 3-1 in Region 5-AAAA. Cartersville (5-8, 1-4) has region games next Friday and Saturday at Troup County and Cedartown. Both contests are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. starts.
MT. ZION- CARROLL 79, EXCEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY BOYS 53 Excel’s leading scorer, Rayshawn Womack, managed only four points in the first quarter before going out with an ankle injury and the Eagles struggled to keep up at Mt. Zion-Carroll Saturday during a 79-53 loss. J.D. Hindsman led Mt. Zion with 25 points. Kendrick Brownlow tossed in 12 in the victory. Mt. Zion (7-7, 4-4) led 14-11 after one quarter, 24-19 at halftime, and 49-41 through three quarters before pulling away in the fourth quarter. Rashard Doyal stepped up with 31 points for Excel in the loss. Trippe Anderson followed with eight. Kalil Holley scored five. Jakaden Barkley had three points and Brenden Quillin added two. Excel (3-14, 2-5) plays at Trion Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and travels to North Cobb Christian Friday for a 7 p.m. tip. The Eagles will host Darlington next Saturday afternoon at The Nest.