Cass sweeps East Paulding; Adairsville sweeps at Murray County; Excel girls win
The Cass girls and boys basketball teams each picked up Region 7-AAAAA victories Friday night over visiting East Paulding, while the Adairsville Tigers and Lady Tigers swept Murray County in Chatsworth. The Excel Christian girls also added a road win.
CASS BOYS 74, EAST PAULDING 66
Visiting East Paulding took a 24-12 lead after one quarter Friday night and scored the first four points of the second quarter before Cass settled in and eventually rallied for a 74-66 come-from-behind Region 7-AAAAA victory.
Cass narrowed the Raiders lead to 34-29 by halftime and trailed by only four — 50-46 — after three periods. The Colonels then outscored East Paulding 28-16 in the fourth quarter for their eight point win.
C.J. Bennett led three Colonels in double figures with 25 points. Ashton Burley scored 16 and Ian Whittington added 12 points. Jake Collum and Mark Chester contributed seven points each and Jacquez Milles added five.
The Raiders (1-7, 0-3) were led by Caleb Ivey with 21 points. Will Prater scored 11 points. Silas Robinson scored 10 points. Silas Johnson and Azer Tidor both added nine points for East Paulding.
Cass (5-1, 3-0) hosts Kell Saturday night at 7:30pm.
CASS GIRLS 71, EAST PAULDING 30
The Cass girls started fast and continued to pull away throughout the night in a 71-30 defeat of visiting East Paulding Friday night.
Cass led 23-7 after one quarter and 49-15 at halftime. The Lady Colonels extended their lead to 63-22 after three quarters.
Jana Morning led Cass with 17 points. Lyric Curtis followed with 11 points and eight rebounds. Kyler Trouten contributed nine points and 13 rebounds. Payton Stoddard scored eight points. Esmeralda Thomas scored six points. Kyla Michienzi and Sharia Wade scored five points. Sydney Mays and Chanel Clemmons totaled four points each and Damia Simpson added two points for the Lady Colonels.
Destin Williams led East Paulding with eight points.
The Lady Raiders fell to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in Region 7-AAAAA play.
Cass (4-2, 2-1) will go for a third straight win Saturday at home against Kell. Tip is set for 6pm.
EXCEL GIRLS 45, MT. ZION-CARROLL 33
The Lady Eagles broke open a close game in the final quarter to defeat Mt. Zion-Carroll 45-33.
Excel led 17-16 at halftime and 27-26 after three quarters before outscoring Mt. Zion 18-7 in the fourth quarter.
Kalli Beth Scheff led Excel with 17 points, including nine in the decisive fourth period. Rylie Boston scored seven of her nine points in the final period. Brighton McCollum scored eight, Whitney Harris seven, and Lindsey Mauldin added four points for the Lady Eagles.
Jordan Ackles led Mt. Zion with nine points. Jana Crews scored seven and Kayla Evans six points.
Mt. Zion-Carroll slipped to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in Region 6-A.
Excel (4-1, 1-0) won its third straight and plays again Saturday at Walker at 6pm.
MT. ZION-CARROLL BOYS 90, EXCEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 46
Excel (0-4, 0-1) plays Saturday at Walker. Mt. Zion-Carroll improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in Region 6-A. Jordan Wilkie scored 17 and Dylan Drew 10 for ECA.
ADAIRSVILLE BOYS 48, MURRAY COUNTY 44
The Adairsville Tigers took a 13-point lead to the fourth quarter Friday night and held on for a 48-44 win at Murray County.
The Tigers led by one point after the first quarter and led 32-26 at halftime. Adairsville then extended the lead to 43-30 after three periods, but the home-standing Indians ralled to make it close in the final quarter.
Braden Weaver led Murray with 10 points. John Kruse and Dominick Genitempo scored eight points each for the Indians.
Cody Henderson had a game-high 15 points for Adairsville. Cole Hewett scored nine points. Ethan Belcher scored seven points. Juan Perez and Ronald Hardin each contributed six points. Hunter Hice added three points and James Sims scored two points.
Murray County fell to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in region play with the loss.
Adairsville (4-3, 2-1 Region 6-AAA) plays at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Tuesday night.
ADAIRSVILLE GIRLS 70, MURRAY COUNTY 55
The Adairsville girls outscored Murray County 39-19 in the second half Friday night for a come-from-behind road win to snap a three-game skid.
Murray County led 36-31 at the intermission, but was limited to only seven points in the fourth quarter as Adairsville rallied for a 70-55 win.
Zay Harris finished with 19 points to lead the Lady Tigers. Emily Collum added 14 points.
The Lady Tigers (3-3, 1-2) host Pepperell Saturday.
PAULDING COUNTY GIRLS 43, WOODLAND 38
The Lady Cats fell behind 13-8 after one quarter and trailed by six at halftime Friday night at Paulding County, before knotting the score at 29-29 after three quarters.
Kasie Brewer, who led the Lady Patriots with a game-high 23 points, scored six of Paulding County’s 13 fourth quarter points while Woodland was held to only six points in the final period.
Lexie Robinson led Woodland with 19 points. Nickiah Metcalf and Carli Clymer scored five points each. Danielle Downes, McKenzie Hobbs, and Madgie Robinson added two points each for the Lady Cats.
Woodland (0-4) plays at Villa Rica Saturday at 6pm.
PAULDING COUNTY BOYS 85, WOODLAND 67
Paulding County improved to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in Region 7-AAAAA. Woodland (1-3, 0-1) plays another Region 7-AAAAA game at Villa Rica Saturday at 7:30pm.