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Saturday HS Hoops roundup: Lady Canes, Lady Colonels, and Colonels collect region wins Saturday

With most teams now deep into their 2018-19 region schedules, the Cass and Cartersville girls teams picked up important region wins Saturday as did the Cass boys.



The Cartersville girls evened their Region 5-AAAA record Saturday night with a win over Chapel Hill in Douglasville, 43-25.

The Lady Canes pushed ahead 20-12 by the intermission and continued to extend their lead in the second half. Cartersville was up 30-18 after three quarters.

A’mya Davis (photo) led the Hurricanes with 10 points. Lehla Thomas came up big on the boards with 10 rebounds. London Shaw scored six of her nine points in the fourth quarter. Ariana Cochran tossed in six points. Haley Johnson scored five. Naijah Evans and Thomas finished with four points apiece. Kiera Milline and Alexia Henderson added three and two points, respectively.

Savannah Howard led Chapel Hill (6-10, 0-4) in scoring with eight points.

Cartersville (9-6, 2-2) hosts Furtah Prep Tuesday in a non-region game. The Lady Canes will then entertain region opponents Troup Friday night at 6 p.m. and Cedartown Saturday at 5 p.m.


The Lady Colonels won for the sixteenth time this season Saturday afternoon by routing visiting East Paulding, 82-38. Cass led 18-7 after one quarter, 46-16 at halftime, and 74-29 after three quarters en route to a 44-point win.

Sharia Wade knocked down eight three-pointers and led all scorers with 30 points. Claire Davis followed with 16 for the Colonels. Amber Brittian scored seven. Ariana Hames had six points. Londaisha Smith and Taryn Callahan (photo) finished with five points apiece. Alexis Ware and Justice Bennett rounded out the Cass scoring with four points each.

Freshman Halle Verkerk led East Paulding (2-14, 2-8) with 11 points.

Cass (16-2, 8-2 Region 7-AAAAA) currently sits third in the region behind a pair of teams ranked in the classification’s top ten. No. 1 Villa Rica (17-0, 8-0) is atop the league with No. 7 Carrollton (14-6, 9-2) second, and Rome (11-6, 6-2) in fourth place.


The Cass boys fell behind early, but fought their way back Saturday afternoon at home to edge visiting East Paulding, 60-55, in a Region 7-AAAAA matchup. East Paulding led 17-12 after one quarter and 26-25 at the intermission before the Colonels took a 40-39 lead into the final period.

Jacquez Fountain led Cass with 21 points. Justice Hayes followed with 13 and Jordan Ford (photo) knocked down 11 points. Braxton Benham scored eight. Ethan Carter and Jaylon Johnson added three points apiece. Zaylon Chaney scored one point.

The Raiders (7-9, 4-6) had three players in double figures led by Azer Tidor’s 13 points. Jean Rutledge-Sanford scored 12 and Cole Brown 10.

Cass (9-10, 4-6) hosts Rome Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. and Carrollton Friday at 7:30 p.m. before traveling to Villa Rica Saturday night for a 7:30 p.m. tip.


The Canes struggled to put points on the scoreboard in the second quarter Saturday night in Douglasville and it ultimately cost Cartersville in a 62-51 Region 5-AAAA loss at Chapel Hill. The Hurricanes led 17-15 after eight minutes, but scored only three points in the second quarter to trail 28-20 at halftime. The host Panthers maintained a 45-36 advantage after three quarters on their way to an 11-point win. Micah Bell and Mike Bell led Chapel Hill with 21 and 16 points, respectively. Perignon Dyer (photo) paced Cartersville with 18 points. Kolbe Benham knocked down 16 points. Amarai Orr finished with nine. Marquail Coaxum and Isaac Gridley tossed in four points each.

Chapel Hill improved to 9-5 overall and evened their region mark at 2-2. Cartersville (8-9, 2-3) will step outside the region to host GISA school Furtah Prep Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. on the Canes’ Teacher Appreciation Night before entertaining region foes Troup and Cedartown Friday and Saturday nights at The Storm Center.


Schools do not typically schedule one of their toughest opponents of the year for their annual Homecoming Game, but scheduling adjustments forced ECA head coach Shannon Boatfield to do just that. The Class AAAA LaFayette Ramblers, now 19-1 on the season and leading Region 6-AAAA, beat Excel Christian Saturday afternoon at The Nest, 69-39. Alex Kelehear scored 23 points to lead the Ramblers. Dee Southern followed with 20 for LaFayette. Rayshawn Womack led Excel with 18 points. Josiah Mosley followed with 10 for the Eagles. Evan Lee scored six. Jacob Day and Trippe Anderson added three and two points, respectively.

Excel (3-14) returns to Region 6-A action this week with a home game against Trion Tuesday at 6 p.m. before traveling to North Cobb Christian Friday night and Darlington Saturday afternoon.

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