Friday HS basketball roundup: Lady Colonels win big
The Cass Lady Colonels improved to 15-2 on the season and kept themselves in one of the top spots in Region 7-AAAAA with a 20-point win over visiting Paulding County Friday night. Elsewhere on the hardwoods, local teams did not fair as well.
CASS GIRLS 67, PAULDING COUNTY 47
The Lady Colonels raced out to a 33-17 lead by halftime and cruised through the second half in a 20-point Region 7-AAAAA at home Friday night over Paulding County. Sharia Wade (photo) paced Cass with 22 points. Claire Davis followed with 19 and Payton Stoddard scored 14 points for the Colonels. Londaisha Smith contributed six points. Amber Brittian had four and Ariana Hames added two points.
Faith Lovejoy led the Lady Patriots (1-15, 0-8) with 18 points. Rayah Drummond scored 13.
Cass (15-2, 7-2) hosts East Paulding in another region contest Saturday at 3 p.m.
SANDY CREEK 44, CARTERSVILLE GIRLS 32
Daija Powell scored 20 points Friday night to lead Sandy Creek to a 44-32 home win over Cartersville. The win improved the Lady Patriots to 10-4 overall and 2-0 in Region 5-AAAA.
Haley Johnson scored 10 points for the Lady Canes. Naijah Evans followed with eight. Amya Davis added five points. Cartersville (8-6, 1-2) will look to bounce back Saturday night at Chapel Hill in another region tilt at 6 p.m.
ROME 60, WOODLAND GIRLS 15
Tarrah Gibson scored 15 points while Tamya Griffin and TaEmmira Nation added nine each as visiting Rome topped Woodland Friday night, 60-15. Jordan Thompson scored five points for Woodland. Gracie Styles added four for the Lady Cats.
Rome improved to 11-6 overall and 6-2 in Region 7-AAAAA.
Woodland (1-15, 1-8) plays at Paulding County Tuesday.
PAULDING COUNTY 78, CASS BOYS 68
The Colonels could not overcome a 22-8 deficit after one quarter in a 78-68 home loss to Paulding County Friday night. Cass narrowed the margin to 38-28 by halftime, but the host Patriots pushed their lead back to 60-47 after three quarters. Jervon Morris led Paulding and all scorers in the game with 24 points. Kevin Brown and Keon Sedgwick added 16 and 10 points, respectively, for the Patriots (15-2, 6-2).
Cass was led by Jacquez Fountain with 22 points. Ethan Carter followed with 18 points. Justice Hayes scored 12. Zaylan Chaney contributed eight. C.J. Pipkin and Jordan Ford finished with three points each. Zay Jackson added two for the Colonels.
Cass (8-10, 3-6) hosts East Paulding in another Region 7-AAAAA contest Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
SANDY CREEK 67, CARTERSVILLE BOYS 54
Sandy Creek took a 27-11 lead after one quarter and held off the visiting Hurricanes the rest of the way in a 67-54 win for the Patriots Friday night in Tyrone. Sandy Creek led 35-22 at halftime and 52-40 after three quarters.
T.J. Bickerstaff and Keith Williams led the Patriots with 23 and 17 points, respectively.
Isaac Gridley led the Canes with 13 points. Kolbe Benham followed with nine. Perignon Dyer had eight points. Amarai Orr and Taywuan Johnson scored six points each. Micah Tart tossed in five. Austin Cauffman contributed three points while Marquail Coaxum and Robert Novak both added two points.
Sandy Creek improved to 13-3 on the season and 3-0 in Region 5-AAAA.
Cartersville (8-8, 2-2) plays at Chapel Hill Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
ROME 74, WOODLAND BOYS 68
A poor shooting third quarter was the demise of the Wildcats Friday night at home in a 74-68 loss to Rome.
Woodland led 15-13 after one quarter before the visiting Wolves moved ahead at halftime, 30-29.
Rome (12-5, 5-3) then outscored Woodland 28-10 in the third quarter to take a 58-39 advantage.
Woodland used some full court pressure and hot shooting to rally for a 29-point fourth quarter, but came up six points short.
Caleb Byrd led Rome with 34 points. Justin Ingram added 14 for the Wolves.
Dawson Wilkins poured in 33 points for the Wildcats. Hunter Johnson followed with 12. Nathan Gomez contributed eight points. DiAnthony Heathcock scored six. Kyjuan McLendon posted five points. Chris Greene added a second period three-pointer and D.J. Robinson had one point.
Woodland (4-13, 1-8) travels to Paulding County Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. scheduled start.
MT. ZION-CARROLL 68, EXCEL CHRISTIAN BOYS 40
Visiting Mt. Zion-Carroll’s 24-9 lead after one quarter proved to be too much for the Excel Christian boys to overcome Friday night in a 68-40 Region 6-A contest.
Excel trailed 48-17 by halftime and Mt. Zion held a 59-31 advantage through three periods.
Andrew Powell and Brian Henderson led Mt. Zion (9-7, 3-4) with 16 points each. Josiah Mosley led Excel with 14 points. Rayshawn Womack followed with 12. Jake Murray and Evan Lee scored five points each while Kalil Holley added four for the Eagles.
Excel (3-13, 0-7) hosts LaFayette Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. for the Eagles’ annual Homecoming Game.