Adairsville, Cass, Excel girls add wins; Cartersville and Excel boys pick up region victories
CARTERSVILLE BOYS 60, HERITAGE 54
The Canes led 24-22 at the intermission and stretched their lead to as much as eleven in the third quarter before taking a 44-35 lead into the final period.
Heritage got as close as five in the fourth quarter, but the Canes — who outrebounded the Generals 40-23 in the contest — held on for a six point victory.
Kobie Whitfield totaled 13 rebounds, 10 points, 3 steals, a pair of blocks and a pair of assists to lead the Canes.
Travon Davis was the leading scorer with 14 points. He added five rebounds, two assists and a pair of blocks.
Jaylon Pugh and Cade Archer followed with nine points apiece. Pugh added seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Archer contributed four assists and pulled down four rebounds.
Corney Cooley also made a big contribution, sinking three-of-four free throws late to help seal the win.
Cartersville improved to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in Regon 7AAAA. The win also pulled the Canes within one-half game of second place in the region. With the loss, Heritage is now 10-5 overall and 5-1 in region play. Region leader Northwest Whitfield is 6-0 in region play and 12-2 overall.
The Canes play at Southeast Whitfield Friday and at Cass Saturday.
HERITAGE GIRLS 53, CARTERSVILLE 49
The Lady Canes got to within two points in the final quarter but were unable to overcome a Heritage 16-point lead and fell to the Lady Generals, 53-49.
Kimora McClinic and Madison McKinney led the Lady Canes in scoring with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Heritage led 26-13 at halftime and Cartersville made a furious comeback before falling just short.
Heritage improved their overall record to 11-3 on the year and 5-1 in 7AAAA. Cartersville is now 3-8 overall and 1-4 in the region.
Friday at Southeast Whitfield 7pm Cass Saturday at 6pm
CREEKVIEW GIRLS 61, WOODLAND 20
Ansley Henson scored 22 points to lead Creekview.
Gabby Bradley led the Lady Cats with ten points.
Creekview led 19-5 after one period and 26-11 at the intermission. They extended their lead to 46-17 after three quarters.
The Lady Grizzlies improved to 13-2 and an unbeaten 4-0 in Region 7-AAAAA with a home region victory over Woodland. The loss dropped the Lady Cats to 4-11 overall and 0-4 in region play. Dalton visits Woodland Friday for a 6pm start.
CREEKVIEW BOYS 66, WOODLAND 44
Trevor Knowles scored 11 points for the Wildcats in a losing cause. Creekview improved to 10-6 overall and 3-1 in Region 7-AAAAA. Woodland is now 3-10.
The Wildcats host Dalton Friday. The boys game will follow the girls' 6pm start.
EXCEL GIRLS 59, MT. ZION 34
Whitney Harris scored a game-high 27, including seven three-pointers, as the Excel Lady Eagles took care of business against the visiting Mt. Zion Lady Eagles.
Excel led 13-5 after one period and extended their lead to 30-10 at the intermission on their way to a fifteen point win.
Rylie Boston added 10 points for ECA. Xena Enos 7, Brighton McCollum and Kalli Beth Scheff 4, Anna Lane Hattaway 3, Lindsey Mauldin and Bailey Cox 2 rounded out the Excel scoring.
Excel improved to 7-6 overall with the victory and 2-0 in Region 6-A. Mt. Zion is now 1-9 on the season and 0-3 in region play.
Excel plays Friday at North Cobb Christian at 6pm and travels to Adairsville Saturday for a 2:30pm start.
EXCEL BOYS 80, MT. ZION 63
Senior Darius Thrower set a school record with 37 points, including 30 in the second half to lead the Excel Eagles’ scoring attack.
Excel led by only one point at halftime — 32-31, but separated themselves from Mt. Zion in the third quarter by outscoring the visitors 27-10. ECA then held on for a 17-point victory.
Chris Hale scored 13 and Caleb West 12 to also reach double figures for Excel.
C.J. Ackles led Mt. Zion with 27 points.
Sam Kirkland 9, Latrel Jones 4, Joseph Cuomo 3, and Hunter Johnson 2 rounded out the scoring for Excel.
ECA is now 6-7 overall and 2-0 in Region 6-A. The loss dropped Mt. Zion to 5-7 on the year and 1-2 in region play.
Excel plays at North Cobb Christian Friday night and at Adairsville Saturday afternoon.
CASS GIRLS 44, DALTON 41
The Dalton girls had beaten Cass earlier in the year in a Thanksgiving week tournament at Southeast Whitfield, but the Lady Colonels returned the favor in an important Region 7-AAAAA game Tuesday night.
In a tight battle throughout, Dalton led 13-12 after one period but Cass came back to lead 23-18 at the break.
The Lady Catamounts narrowed the margin to 33-32 after three periods, but Cass held on for a three point win.
Jana Morning led Cass with 16 points. Esmeralda Thomas added nine for the Lady Colonels, followed by Payton Stoddard 6, Kyla Michienzi 5, Chanel Clemmons 4, Alexis Ware 2, and Lexi Walraven 2.
Cass (8-6 overall, 2-4 in 7AAAAA) hosts River Ridge Friday (7pm) and Cartersville Saturday night at 6pm.
DALTON BOYS 53, CASS 43 The Colonels held their own in the first half by outrebounding Dalton 21-8, but the Catamounts still led 21-18 at the half. Dalton turned the tables in the second half by outrebounding Cass 29-15 on their way to the ten point region win. Drake McCowan led Dalton with a game-high 18 points. Nick Hurt, Wyatt Erwin, and Tanner Storey added 10 each for the Catamounts. Ashton Burley paced Cass with 14 points. C.J. Bennett followed with 12. With the win, Dalton is now 10-4 overall and 4-1 in Region 7-AAAAA. Cass falls to 5-8 overall and 1-5 in the region.
Cass is scheduled to host River Ridge Friday night at 8:30pm in another region tilt. The Colonels will then host Cartersville Saturday at 7:30pm in a non-region matchup.
ADAIRSVILLE GIRLS 58, MURRAY CO. 42
The Lady Tigers won all four quarter stops and pulled away from the Lady Indians in the second half for a Region 6AAA victory Tuesday night.
Adairsville led 14-13 after one quarter and 31-25 at the break. The Lady Tigers extended their lead to 41-31 after three periods before the eventual 16-point win.
The Lady Tigers improved to 5-9 on the season and 3-5 in Region 6AAA. Murray County slipped to 2-13 for the year and 1-6 in region games.
Adairsville plays at Ringgold Friday (7pm) and hosts Excel Christian Academy Saturday (2:30pm)
MURRAY CO. BOYS 54, ADAIRSVILLE 50
Murray County escaped with a four point victory Tuesday night at Adairsville, 54-50 behind 19 points from Humble Tucker that included five, three-pointers. Adairsville led 15-7 after one period and 28-18 at the break, but Murray took control of the game in the third quarter and carried a 45-35 lead into the final period. Cole Hewitt and James Sims led the Tigers with 14 points each. Ronald Hardin followed with 8 points. Hunter Hice 7, Cody Henderson 5, and Juan Perez 2 rounded out the Adairsville attack.
Bickford Logan added 13 points for Murray County. The visiting Indians improved to 4-11 overall and 2-5 in Region 6AAA. Adairsville fell to 4-10 overall and 1-7 in region play.
The Tigers travel to Ringgold Friday and host Excel Christian Academy Saturday.