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Cass, Excel girls capture season-opening wins


The Cass Lady Colonels opened their 2016-17 basketball campaign Friday night at home with a 43-38 victory over pre-season, 10th-ranked Armuchee.

Jana Morning led the Lady Colonels with 15 points and Payton Stoddard added nine.

Cass went ahead 15-10 after one quarter and 25-17 at the break, but the visiting Lady Indians (1-1) outscored the Lady Colonels 12-4 in the third quarter to tie the game at 29 each.

Cass responded in the final frame, outscoring Armuchee 14-9 for the five point, season-opening win.

Livia Skinner led all Armuchee scorers with 15 points. Morgan Copeland added nine for the Lady Indians.

Cass (1-0) will host South Paulding Monday afternoon at 4pm and plays North Murray in the Ridgeland Thanksgiving Classic next Saturday at 1pm.


The Excel Christian Academy Lady Eagles outlasted a furious fourth quarter comeback and 30 turnovers they committed to earn a season-opening win at East Paulding, 47-46.

A tight game throughout, Excel led 22-19 at halftime after each team finished with 11 points in the first quarter.

ECA took a six point lead after three quarters at 32-26 and held on in the final stanza for a one point, road win.

Rylie Boston led the Lady Eagles’ in scoring with 16 points. Whitney Harris and Brighton McCollum added 10 each. Kalli Beth Scheff scored 9 points with Landry McCollum and Bailey Cox contributed one point apiece.

Dajuan Browder and Kayla Sanford led East Paulding (0-1) with nine points each.

Excel hosts Adairsville Tuesday at 6pm.

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