Canes open season with win; Tigers edge Bremen in OT
The 8th-ranked Cartersville boys basketball team opened its 2017-18 season Friday night at the Storm Center with a solid 76-54 win over Paulding County.
The Canes led at each quarter break and were up 25-19 after one quarter, 43-27 at the intermission, and 65-40 through three periods.
Jeremiah Reed led the visiting Patriots with nine points. Vance Pinderson added seven points for Paulding County (3-4).
Jaylon Pugh had a game-high 27 points for Cartersville, followed by T.J. Horton with 17 and Luke Schiltz with 15 points. JKobe Orr also reached double digits with 10 points. Perignon Dyer added four points. Marko Dudley added two points and Marqual Coaxum scored one point.
Cartersville's Isaac Gridley had nine blocked shots.
The Canes (1-0) travel to Calhoun Saturday at 4 p.m. and will open play in the Rome News-Tribune Christmas Tournament Monday against Pepperell at 5:30 p.m. at Berry College.
ADAIRSVILLE BOYS 60, BREMEN 57 (Overtime) Hunter Hice scored 19 points and Ethan Belcher scored 16 points as the Adairsville Tigers edged visiting Bremen Friday night 60-57 in overtime.
The Tigers trailed 23-20 after one quarter and 28-27 at halftime before taking a slim 38-37 lead through three periods.
The two teams were tied 51-51 at the end of regulation.
Charlie Crafton and Jason Houston led the Blue Devils with 20 and 11 points, respectively.
Bremen falls to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in Region 6-AAA play.
Grayson Dailey finished with six points for Adairsville. Jessie O’Kelley, Cody Henderson, and Mason Boswell each scored five points. Savaun Henderson and Gaven Crunkelton added two points each.
Adairsville (2-7, 1-3) hosts Murray County Monday night at 7:30 p.m. and Cass Tuesday night at 8 p.m.
HIRAM BOYS 41, WOODLAND 29
The visiting Hiram Hornets topped Woodland 41-29 Friday night in a Region 7-AAAAA game. The Hornets improved to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in region play with their fourth straight win.
Jaylen Ballard led Woodland with 12 points. Charles Norman added nine.
"We committed too many turnovers," said Wildcats head coach Colman Roberts. "We also shot only 1-for-9 from the three-point arc."
Woodland (1-6, 0-3) opens play in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Tournament Monday night at Georgia Highlands College. The Wildcats play Sonoraville at 7:30 p.m. on the Floyd County campus.