Excel Christian sweeps Gordon Central; Cartersville boys, Adairsville girls win
EXCEL CHRISTIAN GIRLS 44, GORDON CENTRAL 33
The Lady Eagles received 11 points each from Whitney Harris and Rylie Boston to pick up a non-region win over Gordon Central Tuesday night. ECA led at all quarter stops, but led by only one heading into the fourth quarter, 31-30.
Brighton McCollum and Anna Lane Hattaway both scored seven points for Excel, followed by Lindsey Mauldin with six and Kalli Beth Scheff with two.
Gordon Central was led by Olivia Fleming with eight points and Cailey Martin’s six.
The Excel girls evened their season mark at 8-8 overall. The Lady Eagles travel to Dalton Friday to face Christian Heritage and play at Walker Saturday.
EXCEL CHRISTIAN BOYS 50, GORDON CENTRAL 39
Darius Thrower notched 16 points, Chris Hale 13, and Caleb West 11 as the Eagles won a non-region game over Gordon Central Tuesday night.
Sam Kirkland 4, Latrel Jones 2, Joseph Cuomo 2, and Max Rowland 2 rounded out the ECA scoring.
Tim McQueen led Gordon Central with nine points, followed by eight each by Johnathan Nesbitt and Seth Culpepper.
Excel improved to 7-9 with the win. The Eagles play at Christian Heritage Friday and at Walker Saturday.
CARTERSVILLE BOYS 83, RIDGELAND 43
The Purple Hurricanes picked up their tenth win of the year Tuesday night at Ridgeland in blowout fashion.
Travon Davis led four Canes in double figures with 14. Jaylon Pugh scored 13 points, Cortney Cooley 12, and T.J. Horton 10 for Cartersville.
Cartersville (10-4 overall) also improved to 6-1 in region play.
Markeron Jones and C.J. Shackleford led the Panthers (3-12 overall, 1-6 in 7AAAA) with 13 and 8 points, respectively. Kobie Whitfield 7, Kameron Whitfield 6, Isaac Gridley 6, Cade Archer 4, Trase Fezzia 4, Xavior Coaxum 3, JKobe Orr 3, and Tiamon Pennymon 1 rounded out the Hurricanes’ scoring.
The Hurricanes host Pickens Friday night and travel to Rome Saturday.
ADAIRSVILLE GIRLS 47, NORTH MURRAY 42
After trailing by two points at halftime and by four after three quarters, the Lady Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat visiting North Murray, 47-42.
The Region 6AAA win improves Adairsville’s season record to 7-10 overall and 4-6 in region games. North Murray fell to 9-7 overall and 5-5 in 6AAA.
Adairsville hosts Cass Saturday at 6pm.
RIDGELAND GIRLS 53, CARTERSVILLE 44 Madison McKinney led Cartersville with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Lady Canes’ head coach, Cindy Moore, attributed poor shooting to her team’s downfall. Cartersville slips to 3-11 overall and 1-6 in Region 7AAAA.
Ridgeland improved to 6-8 on the season with the win. The Lady Panthers are now 2-5 in region play.
Cartersville hosts Pickens Friday night and travels to Rome Saturday.
RIVER RIDGE GIRLS 52, WOODLAND 36
The Lady Wildcats struggled offensively in the opening period of each half in a Region 7AAAAA loss to River Ridge in Woodstock.
Woodland managed only four points in both the first and third quarters. River Ridge (7-11, 3-3 in 7AAAAA) led 23-14 at halftime and 35-18 after three quarters.
Camden Pruitt and Ansley Lathem led the Lady Knights with a dozen points each.
Gabby Bradley scored 17 for Woodland and Mikayla Richardson tallied 10. Erykah Pender scored six and Hayley Roberson three for the Lady Cats.
With the loss, Woodland falls to 4-13 overall and 0-6 in region play. The Lady Wildcats play at Cass Friday.
RIVER RIDGE BOYS 58, WOODLAND 51
River Ridge improved to 8-11 overall and 3-4 in Region 7AAAAA with a seven point win over visiting Woodland. Jarvis James led the Wildcats with 19. Jonathan Pritchett scored 10 for Woodland (3-12 overall, 0-6 in 7AAAAA).
The Wildcats play at Cass Friday night.
CEDARTOWN GIRLS 43, CASS 41
Esmeralda Thomas scored a game-high 27 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Colonels lost a non-region matchup at Cedartown Tuesday night, 43-41. Cass led 14-11 after one quarter, but Cedartown (6-7) took over the lead in the second period to lead by three at the break, 23-20. Tia Covington led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points, followed by Tamera Beeman and Brittany Goss with 8 and 7 points, respectively.
Jana Morning added six points for the Lady Colonels. Cass (9-8) will return to Region 7AAAAA play Friday at home when they host county rival Woodland. The Lady Colonels play at Adairsville Saturday at 6pm.
CEDARTOWN BOYS 58, CASS 56
It went down to the wire with the Colonels having a chance late, but Cedartown held off visiting Cass Tuesday night in a non-region matchup, 58-56.
Cass led 20-15 after one quarter, but the Bulldogs rallied to take a 33-27 lead into the halftime locker room. Mike Sims finished with 22 points for Cass. C.J. Bennett followed with 17. Ashton Burley 6, Ian Whittington 4, Matt Mundy 4, and Ed Curtis 3 rounded out the Colonels’ scoring.
Chris Goss led three Bulldogs in double figures with 13 points. Tyrell Pace and Trevon Wofford followed with 12 and 10.
Cedartown improved to 4-9 with the victory. The Colonels (6-10) will look to bounce back Friday when they host county rival Woodland in a Region 7AAAAA contest. Cass also plays at Adairsville Saturday night.