Saturday HS basketball: Woodland sweeps Adairsville; Cartersville sweeps Ridgeland; and Excel Christ
CARTERSVILLE GIRLS 51, RIDGELAND 43
Leading 19-15 heading into the second half, the Lady Canes outscored visiting Ridgeland 18-13 in the third quarter before holding on for an eight point region victory. Madison Mckinney led Cartersville with 15 points, followed by Monica Matuba with 11. Lady Canes’ coach Cindy Moore also credited Matuba with drawing a crucial charge call late in the game to help secure the win.
Amaya Davis added seven points for the Lady Canes, while Addie Smith totaled six. Kai Bolton, Genesis Burks, India Reed, and London Shaw also chipped in with two points each. Destiny Irvin had a game-high 16 points for Ridgeland that included four three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Kelci Sparks scored 11 for the Lady Panthers.
Cartersville improved to 5-17 overall and 3-10 in Region 7AAAA with their win. Ridgeland is now 7-13 overall and 3-9 in region play. The Lady Canes host Cass Monday and Southeast Whitfield will visit the Storm Center Tuesday for Cartersville’s Senior Night recognition.
CARTERSVILLE BOYS 78, RIDGELAND 55
The Canes continued their hold on the top spot in Region 7AAAA with a convincing 78-55 win over Ridgeland Saturday.
Cartersville improved to 16-6 overall and 12-2 in region play. The Panthers fell to 4-16 overall and 2-9 in league games.
The Hurricanes host Cass Monday in a non-region matchup and host Southeast Whitfield Tuesday night for Senior Night recognitions at the Storm Center.
WOODLAND GIRLS 51, ADAIRSVILLE 41
Following a close first quarter, the Lady Wildcats stretched a lead to 29-19 at the halftime break and held on for a ten-point win over county rival Adairsville Saturday. Gabby Bradley led Woodland with 19 points and Meme Richardson added 11 for the Lady Cats. Hayley Roberson scored nine, Madgie Robinson five, Aaliyah Curtis four, Lyric Curtis two, and Erykah Pender added one point.
Nakiyah Washington led Adairsville (9-13) with 18 points, followed by Josie Sommerville with eight, Emily Collum seven, Latya Printup 4, Victoria Davis two, Zay Harris one, and Taylor Greene one. Woodland (5-17) will host River Ridge Tuesday at 6pm. Adairsville has a Region 6AAA home game against Gordon Central Tuesday, also at 6pm.
WOODLAND BOYS 52, ADAIRSVILLE 42
The Wildcats topped county rival Adairsville Saturday night by ten points and improved to 4-17 on the season. The loss dropped Adairsville to 7-16 on the year.
Jonathan Pritchett scored 21 points and Brady Jernigan had six points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and a pair of steals to lead the Wildcats.
Cody Henderson scored 11 points to lead Adairsville. Ethan Belcher added eight points Ronald Hardin added nine points and Ethan Belcher totaled eight for the Tigers.
Woodland hosts River Ridge Tuesday for a Region 7AAAA matchup in a 7:30pm tip. Adairsville plays host to Gordon Central on Tuesday. Also a 7:30pm start.
EXCEL CHRISTIAN BOYS 55, MOUNT PARAN CHRISTIAN 48
The Eagles took a 27-21 lead into halftime Saturday against Mount Paran, but fell behind by two after three quarters, 36-34. Balanced scoring from six different contributors and a solid defensive effort in the fourth quarter, secured a come-from-behind seven point win for ECA. Caleb West and Darius Thrower led the Eagles with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Dylan Drew scored seven points, followed by Max Rowland, Hunter Johnson, and Chris Hale with four each. Sam Kirkland added three points for the Eagles, while Joseph Cuomo scored two and Latrel Jones one.
Holt Shannon had a game-high 17 points to lead Mount Paran Christian. Graham Kington added 10. The win moved Excel to 12-10 on the season and 6-2 in Region 6-A. Mount Paran Christian is now 3-17 overall and 1-8 in region games. Excel hosts North Cobb Christian Tuesday at 7:30pm and Temple Wednesday at 6pm.
MOUNT PARAN CHRISTIAN GIRLS 57, EXCEL CHRISTIAN 39
Mount Paran Christian had three girls to score double figures as they defeated Excel Saturday, 57-39.
Bree Brown led all scorers in the game with 17 points for MPC. Syndney Rosant added 15 and Taya Welch 14 for Mount Paran. Maddie Spinetto totaled eight.
Rylie Boston led Excel Christian Academy with 12 points. Anna Lane Hattaway scored nine, followed by six from Whitney Harris, four from Kalli Beth Scheff, three by Brighton McCollum, two each for Bailey Cox and Lindsey Mauldin, and one point by Xena Enos.
Excel has home games against North Cobb Christian Tuesday at 6pm and Temple Wednesday at 4:30pm.