Saturday's high school hoops roundup
The Cass girls remained unbeaten Saturday with a one-sided win over East Paulding while the Adairsville girls kept Calhoun winless on the season.
The Cass boys also came out on top with East Paulding. It was the Colonels' first region win of the young season.
CASS GIRLS 93, EAST PAULDING 57
Payton Stoddard led the Lady Colonels with 24 points Saturday as the Lady Colonels stayed unbeaten with a 93-57 Region 7-AAAAA victory.
The game was still in question at halftime with Cass leading 49-40, but the Lady Colonels extended their lead to 75-50 in the third quarter and were not challenged from there.
Freshman Claire Davis finished with 20 points for the Lady Colonels. Londaisha Smith scored 17, Sharia Wade 10, and Amber Brittian eight for Cass.
Ariana Hames scored five points, Alexis Ware four points, Brianna Stephenson and Justice Bennett added two points each while Taryn Callahan chipped in one for the Lady Colonels.
The loss dropped the Lady Raiders to 0-8 overall and 0-3 in region play.
Cass (7-0, 3-0) will host 10th-ranked Rome Tuesday night at 6 p.m. and hit the road for the weekend at Carrollton Friday and at Woodland Saturday.
ADAIRSVILLE GIRLS 69, CALHOUN 58
The Lady Tigers used a strong third quarter surge and 36 points and 15 rebounds from Nikiyah Washington (photo) to defeat Calhoun Saturday, 69-58.
Adairsville led 13-11 after one quarter and 29-28 at halftime before racing out to a 50-39 advantage after three periods.
Havyn Isaac added 12 points for Adairsville on four three-point baskets. Aaliyah Applin contributed eight. Breanna Wilson scored five. Coriana McDaniel had four points while Alexa Varner and Lori Cimino added two points each.
Ashlyn Brzozoski led Calhoun (0-6, 0-4) with 27 points.
Adairsville improved to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in Region 6-AAA. The Lady Tigers travel to Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe Tuesday, host Haralson County Friday and Murray County Saturday.
Following Saturday’s Adairsville win, the Lady Tigers honored Washington as the fifth Adairsville Lady Tiger basketball player to reach the 1,000-point plateau in her career.
Washington scored 314 points in 29 games as a freshman. She added 294 points in 22 games as a sophomore, and scored 308 points in her junior season. In her first six games this season Washington eclipsed the 1,000 point threshold in a game at Sonoraville. Washington — a four-year starter — has averaged over 12 points per game during her career.
CASS BOYS 78, EAST PAULDING 57
The Colonels picked up their first Region 7-AAAAA win Saturday at East Paulding, 78-57.
East Paulding led 21-16 after the first eight minutes, but Cass knotted the score at 33 by halftime.
The Colonels then outscored the Raiders 23-10 in the third quarter to gain contraol.
Jacquez Fountain (photo) led the Colonels’ scoring attack with 26 points. Justice Hayes followed with 14 and Ethan Carter added 10 for Cass. Jordan Ford scored nine. Brandon Benham and Zaylan Chaney totaled six points each. C.J. Pipken had four and Jaylon Johnson chipped in with three points
Silas Johnson led East Paulding (4-4, 1-2) with 18 points. Azer Tidor added 13 for the Raiders.
Cass (3-5, 1-2) host Rome Tuesday before traveling to Carrollton Friday and across town to Woodland on Saturday afternoon.
CALHOUN 67, ADAIRSVILLE BOYS 61
The Tigers trailed early and were behind 38-28 at halftime before threatening a comeback late. Calhoun (3-2, 3-2) held on Saturday, however, for a 67-61 Region 6-AAA win.
Adding to Adairsville’s frustration on the night, the Tigers missed 15 free throws on 27 attempts in the game.
Mason Boswell led the Adairsville scoring with 20 points. Savaun Henderson finished with 12 points. Gaven Crunkelton had 10.
Adairsville (2-4, 2-3) travels to Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Tuesday night, hosts Haralson County Friday and Murray County Saturday.
DARLINGTON 54, EXCEL CHRISTIAN 40
Darlington grabbed a 29-21 lead by halftime and extended that lead in the second half for a 54-40 win Saturday at Excel Christian Academy.
Barrick Wade hit six three-pointers and finished with 22 points to lead the visiting Tigers. JD Hull and Andrew Land had 16 and 14 points, respectively for Darlington.
Rayshawn Womack paced Excel with 19 points. Jacob Day finished with eight for the Eagles.
The loss was a fourth-straight for Excel who is now 2-4 overall and 0-3 in Region 6-A. The win for Darlington (1-3, 1-2) was their first of the year.
Excel plays at Bowdon Tuesday, hosts Georgia School for the Deaf Friday, and the Eagles travel to Lassiter Saturday night.