Cass teams sweep Fannin County; ECA routs Morris Innovative; Adairsville teams edged by Ringgold
The Cass girls and boys basketball teams both defeated visiting Fannin County Tuesday night while the Excel Christian Academy boys routed visiting Morris Innovative. At Adairsville, the Lady Tigers dropped an eight point decision to visiting Ringgold while the Tigers fell in their opener in overtime.
CASS GIRLS 62, FANNIN COUNTY 49
The Lady Colonels won their third straight game to open the 2018-19 season Tuesday night with a 62-49 victory over visiting Fannin County.
Cass and the Lady Rebels were knotted at 15 each after one quarter, but the Lady Colonels carried a 29-26 lead to the intermission and expanded their advantage to 44-37 after three quarters.
Amber Brittian led four Cass players in double figures with 14 points. She also made five of six free throws in the fourth quarter to help secure the win.
Sharia Wade and Payton Stoddard followed with 13 points apiece. Stoddard’s evening included a trio of three-pointers.
Claire Davis added ten points for Cass. Alexis Ware had five, Londaisha Smith four, and Taryn Callahan finished with three points.
Maleah Stepp led Fannin County (1-3) with 15 points.
Cass will host Chapel Hill this Friday night at 6 p.m.
RINGGOLD 59, ADAIRSVILLE GIRLS 51
The Adairsville girls battled visiting Ringgold deep into the fourth quarter Tuesday night, but dropped a 59-51 decision in both teams’ Region 6-AAA opener.
Ringgold led 15-9 after one period and 30-20 at halftime, but Adairsville battled back to tie the game at 40 heading into the fourth quarter.
Havyn Isaac had a game-high 20 points to lead Adairsville. She was followed by Nakiyah Washington with 17 points. Alexa Varner scored six. Lori Cimino posted four points. Alexia Crisp and Coriana McDaniel added two points each.
The win was Ringgold’s third straight to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Adairsville (1-2) hosts North Murray Friday night at 7 p.m. in another region contest and plays non-region opponent Southeast Whitfield Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.
CASS BOYS 63, FANNIN COUNTY 31
The Cass boys basketball team won a home, non-region contest Tuesday night over Fannin County, 63-31.
The Colonels — led by C.J. Pipkin’s 15 points that included three, three-pointers — led 16-8 after one quarter, pushed their lead to 34-14 by halftime, and led 55-24 after three quarters.
Jacquez Fountain scored 13 points for Cass and Jaylon Johnson added ten.
Andrew Glaze chipped in with six points for the Colonels. Braxton Benham scored five points. Ethan Carter, Zay Jackson, and Justice Hayes contributed four point each. Zaylan Chaney added two points.
“It was a solid, defensive effort as a team tonight,” said Cass head coach Sean Glaze. “We took four charges. That is progress.”
Chase Culpepper, Brady Martin, and Dahla Myers scored five points apiece for the visiting Rebels.
The loss dropped Fannin County to a 1-2 record on the year.
Cass (2-3) opens Region 7-AAAAA play next Tuesday at home against Kell.
EXCEL CHRISTIAN BOYS 99, MORRIS INNOVATIVE 23
The Eagles pounded visiting Morris Innovative Tuesday night 99-23 to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
Excel took control early by outscoring the Tigers 29-4 in the opening eight minutes. The Eagles led 49-11 at halftime and 74-17 after three quarters.
Rayshawn Womack led ECA with 19 points. He was followed by Kalil Holley with 18 points, Jacob Day with 15, and Trippe Anderson with 12 points.
The loss dropped Morris Innovative to 0-3 for the season.
Excel (2-0) plays at Bethesda Academy in Savannah Saturday afternoon and will travel to Trion next Tuesday.
RINGGOLD 52, ADAIRSVILLE BOYS 51 — OT
Visiting Ringgold pulled out a 52-51 overtime victory at Adairsville Tuesday night as both teams opened Region 6-AAA play.
Ringgold held leads of 15-11 and 29-26 at the end of the first quarter and halftime before the host Tigers took a 40-37 advantage after three quarters.
The two teams were tied at 47 after regulation time.
Cade Nayadley led Ringgold (3-1, 1-0) with 19 points. Logan Hallender scored 11.
Gaven Crunkelton, Savaun Henderson, and Malachi Gardner each had 10 points for Adairsville. Mason Boswell scored nine. Danarous Johnson and Connor Crunkelton contributed seven and six points, respectively.
Adairsville (0-1, 0-1) entertains North Murray Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Southeast Whitfield Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.