Friday night's roundup: Canes, Tigers collect region hoops wins
The Cartersville and Adairsville boys basketball teams earned key region wins Friday night as all nine local high school teams were in action with region games.
CARTERSVILLE BOYS 88, TROUP 76
The Cartersville boys evened their Region 5-AAAA record Friday night at The Storm Center with an important 88-76 win over visiting Troup County. The Canes led at each quarter stop on a hot-shooting night. Cartersville led 22-20 after one quarter, 37-30 at halftime, and 55-53 after three quarters before separating late for a 12-point win.
Kolbe Benham and Perignon Dyer combined to knock down eleven three-pointers for the Hurricanes. Benham finished with 26 points and Dyer had 22. Amarai Orr tossed in 16 points and Isaac Gridley added 14 as the Canes had four players in double figures.
JaQuavo McFarland led Troup with 26 points, including eight three-pointers. The Tigers slipped to 11-7 overall and 3-3 in region action.
Cartersville (9-10, 3-3) hosts region foe Cedartown Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.
TROUP 48, CARTERSVILLE GIRLS 36 The visiting Lady Tigers defeated Cartersville in a region contest at The Storm Center Friday night, 48-36. Troup — who led 23-14 at the intermission and 35-27 through three quarters — improved to 12-5 for the year and 5-1 in region games. The loss drops the Lady Canes to 10-8 on the season and 2-4 in Region 5-AAAA.
Cartersville hosts Cedartown Saturday at 5 p.m.
ADAIRSVILLE BOYS 58, COAHULLA CREEK 41 The Tigers avenged a December loss to the visiting Colts Friday night with a 17-point win over Coahulla Creek. Adairsville led throughout including leads of 17-9 after one quarter, 29-17 at halftime, and 44-30 through three quarters. Connor Crunkelton was top scorer for the Tigers with 18 points. Gaven Crunkelton and Denarous Johnson followed with 12 points each. Mason Boswell finished with 10 points. Savaun Henderson and Courtney Slocum each totaled three points.
The loss drops Coahulla Creek to 11-10 overall and 5-7 in Region 6-AAA.
Adairsville (7-13, 5-7) steps out of region action Saturday with a trip to Southeast Whitfield.
COAHULLA CREEK 55, ADAIRSVILLE GIRLS 42 The Adairsville girls narrowly trailed at each quarter stop, but came up on the short end of a 55-42 Region 6-AAA loss Friday night at home to Coahulla Creek. The visiting Lady Colts led 13-6 after one quarter, 18-13 at the intermission, and 31-27 after three quarters before pulling away for a 13-point victory. Ally Morrow scored 16 and Lily Snyder 10 to lead Coahulla Creek. The Lady Colts improved to 16-5 overall and 10-2 in region play. Nakiyah Washington led Adairsville with 19 points. Aaliyah Applin followed with seven. The Lady Tigers (4-16, 1-11) travel to Southeast Whitfield Saturday for a non-region game scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.
NORTH COBB CHRISTIAN 82, EXCEL CHRISTIAN BOYS 46 Bobby Moore had a game-high 23 points while Kami Young and Kamran Hall added 12 each as North Cobb Christian topped visiting Excel Christian Academy Friday night, 82-46. North Cobb Christian (12-6, 8-1) took a 17-6 lead after one quarter and was up 44-21 by halftime. Rayshawn Womack and Kalil Holley paced Excel with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Brendan Quillin added eight points.
Excel (4-15, 1-8) plays at Darlington Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.
KELL 33, WOODLAND GIRLS 24 The Woodland girls led early and took a tight game into the final period Friday night at home, before falling to Kell 33-24. Woodland led 11-10 at halftime in a low-scoring battle, but the Lady Longhorns outscored the Lady Cats 12-6 in the third quarter to take a lead for good. Kya Williams led Kell with 15 points and Amaya Moss added eight. Gracie Styles scored eight for Woodland. Jordan Thompson finished with six points.
Kell improved to 9-11 overall and 6-6 in Region 7-AAAAA. Woodland (1-17, 1-10) hosts Paulding County Saturday at 3 p.m.
KELL 81, WOODLAND BOYS 39
The Region 7-AAAAA-leading Kell Longhorns cruised to an 81-39 win at Woodland Friday night.
The Longhorns (17-4, 12-0) took a 25-13 lead after one quarter and extended their lead to 42-20 by halftime on the way to a 42-point win. Justin Perry and Scoota Henderson led Kell with 22 and 15 points, respectively. Dawson Wilkins scored 15 to lead Woodland (4-16, 1-11).
The Wildcats host Paulding County Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
CARROLLTON 50, CASS GIRLS 47
The Lady Colonels took a nine point lead into the fourth quarter Friday night at home against 10th-ranked Carrollton, but the visiting Lady Trojans came out on top, 50-47.
Savannah Levett led Carrollton with 14 points. De’Mauri Flournoy and Kehinde Obasuyi followed with 13 and 11, respectively, for the Trojans. Cass led 9-6 after one quarter, 26-23 at halftime, and 37-28 at the end of the third quarter before being outscored 22-10 over the final eight minutes.
Claire Davis had 19 points and seven rebounds to pace Cass. Sharia Wade followed with 11 points. Alexis Ware knocked down six points. Payton Stoddard had five. Londaisha Smith, Ariana Hames, and Amber Brittian added two points each for the Lady Colonels. Carrollton improved to 15-6 overall and 10-2 in Region 7-AAAAA. Cass (17-3, 9-3) travels to top-ranked Villa Rica Saturday for another region game at 4 p.m. The Lady Wildcats are 19-0 on the season and atop Region 7-AAAAA with a 10-0 mark.
CARROLLTON 64, CASS BOYS 58 The Cass boys stayed close throughout, but fell Friday night at home to the Carrollton Trojans 64-58. Marcellious Lockett had a game-high 31 points for Carrollton. Melvin Edwards added 14 for the Trojans who improved to 13-7 overall and 10-2 in Region 7-AAAAA. Cass trailed 15-12 after one quarter, 31-25 at halftime, and 46-41 after three quarters in a closely contested region game. Ethan Carter led the Colonels in scoring with 16 points. Jacquez Fountain and Braxton Benham each had 11 points. Jordan Ford and Zaylan Chaney posted six points. Justice Hayes finished with five and Zay Jackson added three points in the loss.
Cass (10-11, 5-7) travels to Villa Rica Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. tip.