Tuesday night high school hoops roundup: Tigers, Canes, Colonels all earn wins
The Adairsville, Cartersville, and Cass boys basketball teams each earned wins Tuesday night. The Tigers held off Pickens in a non-region matchup, while Class AAAA 10th-ranked Cartersville rallied in the second half to defeat Troup County and Cass defeated region foe, East Paulding, on the road.
ADAIRSVILLE BOYS 82, PICKENS 76
The Tigers trailed the Dragons early Tuesday night and found themselves down 18-9 after one quarter, but used a second quarter rally to lead 36-32 at halftime on their way to a six-point, home win.
Adairsville led 60-56 through three quarters.
Ronald Hardin and Hunter Hice led Adairsville with 20 points each. Cody Henderson followed with 14 points for the Tigers. Ethan Belcher scored eight points, James Sims six, Cole Hewatt five, Trevis Williams five, Denzel Pitt two, and Juan Perez two rounding out the scoring.
Blake Gorth led the Dragons with 20 points. Seth Bishop and Avery Luke followed with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Pickens fell to 4-15 overall with the non-region loss.
Adairsville (11-8, 4-4) hosts Bremen Friday night in a Region 6AAA contest.
No. 10 CARTERSVILLE BOYS 60, TROUP COUNTY 51
The visiting Tigers led 11-6 Tuesday night at the Storm Center after one quarter and 24-18 at the intermission, but a strong second half surge pushed the Hurricanes to an important nine-point Region 5AAAA win.
The Canes outscored Troup 16-10 in the third period and 26-17 over the final eight minutes.
Jaylon Pugh led Cartersville with 29 points, including 16 in the second half. T.J. Horton followed with 15 points — all in the second half.
Troup County fell to 7-10 overall and 2-3 in region play.
Cartersville (12-3, 3-1) hosts Cedartown Friday night before traveling to Central-Carrollton Saturday at 3:30pm.
CASS BOYS 61, EAST PAULDING 52
Jacquez Milles led Cass with 16 points, Ian Whittington added 14 points while Jake Collum and Ashton Burley contributed 10 each as Cass picked up a nine-point, road region win in 7AAAAA. Mark Chester posted nine points for the Colonels.
C.J. Bennett, who has been a top scorer for the Colonels all season, missed his third consecutive game.
Cass led 18-13 after one period and 34-25 at halftime. Both teams posted an identical 27 points in the second half.
East Paulding slipped to 7-13 overall and 3-8 in region play.
The Colonels (13-5, 8-2) travel to Kell Friday for another league game and play a non-region contest at Armuchee Saturday afternoon.
PAULDING COUNTY BOYS 60, WOODLAND 57 — Overtime
Woodland led 16-14 after one period and 29-27 at halftime, but Paulding held a 47-43 advantage before the Wildcats rallied in the final period to force overtime.
Justice Hayes led the Wildcats with 19 points, followed by Jaylen Ballard with 11, Justice Carter with 10, and Hunter Johnson with eight points.
Paulding County improved to 7-12 overall and evened their Region 7AAAAA mark at 5-5.
Woodland (1-12, 0-8) plays at Kell Wednesday.
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE BOYS 81, EXCEL CHRISTIAN 21
Christian Heritage powered to a 36-10 lead after one quarter and extended its lead in each of the remaining periods to improve to 10-7 overall and 5-2 in Region 6A.
Excel (0-11, 0-5) hosts Mt. Zion-Carroll Friday night and North Cobb Christian Saturday afternoon.