Tuesday's basketball roundup: Cartersville teams sweep Grangers, Cass girls earn region road win
The Cartersville girls and boys teams swept visiting LaGrange Tuesday night for key Region 5-AAAA victories while the Cass girls also picked up an important Region 7-AAAAA road win at Kell.
CARTERSVILLE BOYS 73, LAGRANGE 66
The Purple Hurricanes took a ten point lead by halftime and held on in the second half for a 73-66 Region 5-AAAA win Tuesday night over LaGrange at The Storm Center.
Kolbe Benham and Isaac Gridley paced Cartersville with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Perignon Dyer followed with eight. Marquail Coaxum and Micah Tart knocked down six each. Amarai Orr contributed five points. Raylin Royal had three while Austin Cauffman and Taywuan Johnson added two points each.
LaGrange (10-6, 2-1) was led by Vandez Taylor with 18 points. D.J. Burks had 16 and Kobe Jones scored 14 points. Cartersville head coach Mike Tobin was also presented a basketball commemorating his 500th career win by Canes' athletic director Darrell Demastus. Tobin earned that milestone December 29 with Cartersville's win over Chattooga. His career record stands at 503-202 (.713 winning pct.).
Tobin is 142-43 in seven seasons with the Canes He had 184 career wins at Eden Prairie (Minnesota) and 177 at Woodland.
Cartersville (8-7, 2-1) hits the road for their next two region games. The Canes play at Sandy Creek Friday night and at Chapel Hill Saturday night.
CARTERSVILLE GIRLS 50, LAGRANGE 44
London Shaw (photo) had 16 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday night as the Lady Canes held off visiting LaGrange, 50-44. Cartersville’s Lehla Thomas added seven points and ten rebounds in the winning effort.
The Lady Canes led 36-32 at the intermission, but the Lady Grangers held a 36-32 advantage heading into the final quarter.
The back-and-forth battle was sealed by Cartersville when senior A’mya Davis made four free throws in the final 12 seconds.
The loss dropped LaGrange to 8-8 on the season and 0-3 in Region 5-AAAA.
Cartersville (8-6, 1-2) plays at Sandy Creek Friday night at 6 p.m. and at Chapel Hill Saturday in a 6 p.m. tip.
CASS GIRLS 38, KELL 23
The Lady Colonels started slowly, but pulled away late for a 38-23 Region 7-AAAAA win Tuesday night in Cobb County. Cass led 6-4 after one quarter, 15-8 at halftime, and 27-16 through three quarters on their way to a 15-point win. Freshman Claire Davis (photo) led the Lady Colonels with 13 points. Londaisha Smith followed with 10. Sharia Wade scored seven, Payton Stoddard five, and Amber Brittian added three points. Kya Williams led the Lady Longhorns with 14 points. The loss drops Kell to 6-10 overall and 3-5 in region play.
Cass (14-2, 6-2) moves into third place in the region standings prior to hosting Paulding County Friday at 6 p.m. and East Paulding Saturday at 3 p.m.
KELL 50, CASS BOYS 45
After suffering through a rough first quarter, the Colonels challenged late before falling Tuesday night at region-leading Kell, 50-45. The host Longhorns stampeded to an 18-6 lead in the first eight minutes and led the Colonels 27-22 at halftime. Kell’s lead was eight points heading into the final quarter.
Kell (13-4, 8-0) was led in scoring by C.J. Henderson’s nine points. Najhae Colon and Isaiah Dubose scored eight each. Cameron Lockett and Justin Perry added seven points apiece.
Jacquez Fountain led Cass with 22 points and snagged 18 rebounds.
“I’m proud of our effort tonight. We have a lot to clean up, but I’m happy with the way we keep showing improvement,” concluded Cass head coach Sean Glaze.
Ethan Carter had seven points for the Colonels. Zaylan Chaney scored four. Braxton Benham posted three points while C.J. Pipkin, Justice Hayes, Jaylon Johnson, and Zay Jackson added two points each.
Cass (8-9, 3-5) hosts Paulding County Friday night at 8:30 p.m. and East Paulding Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
NORTH MURRAY 49, ADAIRSVILLE GIRLS 18
Tenley Gladson and Korbin Tipton scored 13 each to lead North Murray to a 49-18 home win over the Adairsville girls Tuesday night in Chatsworth. North Murray led 12-0 after one quarter and 32-10 at halftime on their way to a 31-point Region 6-AAA victory.
Lori Cimino led Adairsville with six points. Coriana McDaniel (photo) and Nakiyah Washington scored four each. Aaliyah Applin and Anyia Bailey added two points apiece.
The Lady Mountaineers improved to 11-7 overall and 7-3 in region action. Adairsville (4-14, 1-9) hosts Sonoraville next Tuesday at 6 p.m.
NORTH MURRAY 59, ADAIRSVILLE BOYS 49
Region 6-AAA leading North Murray topped the visiting Adairsville boys Tuesday night in Chatsworth, 59-49. The Mountaineers improved to 15-4 overall and 8-2 in region play with their victory.
Adairsville (6-12, 4-6) plays Sonoraville at home next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
EAST PAULDING 59, WOODLAND GIRLS 51
Back in early December, the Woodland girls defeated East Paulding at home 50-40 for their lone Region 7-AAAAA win this season. Tuesday night, the Lady Raiders withstood a late rally by the Lady Cats to return the favor — defeating Woodland 59-51.
East Paulding held leads of 17-2 after one quarter, 29-13 at halftime, and 42-23 after three quarters before Woodland rallied with a 28-point fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for the Lady Cats, the rally came up eight points short. Halle Verkerk led East Paulding (2-12, 2-6) with 19 points. Lucy Stewart followed with 16 for the Raiders. Madgie Robinson and Ansley Evans paced Woodland with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Abigail Taylor knocked down eight points. Gracie Styles scored seven. Jordan Thompson and Lauren Morris contributed four points apiece. Morgan Bailey scored three and Morgan Cooper had two points.
The Lady Cats (1-14, 1-7) host Rome Friday night at 6 p.m. in another Region 7-AAAAA contest.
EAST PAULDING 65, WOODLAND BOYS 63
The host Raiders led at the end of each period Tuesday night, but Woodland stayed close to the very end in a 65-63 East Paulding victory.
East Paulding led 19-13 after eight minutes, 29-28 at halftime, and 48-42 through three quarters before holding off the Wildcats down the stretch. Sean Rutledge-Sanford led all scorers with 27 points for the Raiders. Azer Tidor and Austyn Tschantz added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Woodland had three players reach double figures in scoring. Dawson Wilkins paced the Wildcats with 18 points. Jaylen Ballard followed with 14 and Hunter Johnson scored 13. Justice Carter had eight points. Peyton Roberts contributed five. D.J. Robinson scored four and DiAnthony Heathcock added one point for Woodland.
The win evened East Paulding’s season mark at 7-7. The Raiders are 4-4 in Region 7-AAAAA. Woodland (4-12, 1-7) will host region foe Rome Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
GORDON LEE 51, EXCEL CHRISTIAN BOYS 23 Gordon Lee moved to 7-8 overall and 3-3 in Region 6-A with a 51-23 win Tuesday night over visiting Excel Christian Academy. ECA (3-11, 0-6) hosts Mt. Zion-Carroll Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and will entertain LaFayette Saturday at 2 p.m. for the Eagles' annual Homecoming Game.