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Basketball roundup: Tough Tuesday for local teams

It was a tough Tuesday for local basketball teams in action at various events.

The Excel Christian, Woodland, Adairsville, and Cass boys all suffered losses.

In girls' action, Adairsville and Woodland fell.



The Excel boys had a three-point lead late in the game Tuesday night but several costly turnovers and an effective inside game lifted Wesleyan to a 62-57 win at the Ray Tucker Invitational at Gordon Central High School in Calhoun.

The Eagles started slowly and trailed by as many as 10 points at the end of the first quarter. Excel outscored Wesleyan 18-8 in the second quarter to get to the intermission tied at 28-all.

The Eagles held a 43-40 advantage heading to the final eight minutes but was outscored 22-14 in the fourth quarter.

Josh Kevel scored 17 points to lead the Wolves (4-0).

Four Eagles reached double figures in scoring. Jakaden Barley scored 15. Comari Nettles finished with 14 points. Kyron McClendon and Jacob Taylor contributed 13 each with Christian Viera adding two points for Excel.

Excel Christian (3-2) returns to action Monday at Oakwood Christian Academy.


The Woodland boys lost at Sonoraville Tuesday night, 57-33, at the Gordon Central Ray Tucker Invitational.

The host Phoenix led 24-15 at halftime and added to their lead in the second half.

Donovan McDaniel scored a game-high 20 points to lead Sonoraville (2-0).

Zyon Heath led Woodland with 12 points. Evan Womack scored 11. Jay Walker and Brelace Williams finished with four points each while David Byars added two for the Wildcats.

Woodland (1-3) hosts Adairsville next Tuesday in a 7:30 p.m. tip.


The Adairsville boys fell to Oconee County Tuesday night at the Gordon Central Invitational, 65-48.

Oconee led 33-21 at halftime and held a 56-32 advantage through three quarters.

Noah Hutchison and Trevor Oechsle led the Warriors (4-0) with 14 points each.

Tre Winters led Adairsville with 17 points. Zach Postell followed with 11. Xavious Nalls scored five. Ben Abernathy chipped in with four points. Chase Hillburn, Jay Pullum, and Zach Weaver contributed three points each. Mason Thacker added two for the Tigers.

Monday, the Tigers lost to Wesleyan 76-57.

Adairsville trailed 24-14 after one quarter but cut the deficit to 32-30 at halftime. Wesleyan then outscored the Tigers 24-9 in the third quarter to pull away.

James McGritt and Thomas Chipman led Wesleyan in scoring with 26 and 20 points, respectively.

Tre Winters paced Adairsville with 27 points. He scored 18 in the second half.

Zach Postell followed with 16. Zach Weaver scored six points. Ben Abernathy contributed four while Tay Jackson and Xavious Nalls added two points each.

Adairsville (0-2) plays at Woodland next Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.


The Lady Tigers had a 19-18 lead at halftime and led 37-32 heading to the fourth quarter but the Phoenix limited Adairsville to just four points in the final eight minutes as Sonoraville topped Adairsville 45-41 at the Armuchee Tournament.

Kayleigh Kelley scored 14 points to lead the Phoenix.

Analee Morris paced the Lady Tigers with 14 points. Naxyria Roberts scored seven. Zariyah Hicks and Alissa Winters added five each for Adairsville.

“Turnovers and lack of composure hurt us tonight,” said Lady Tigers’ head coach Melissa Winters. “We were effective from the free throw line, however, for tonight’s bright spot.”

Sonoraville improved to 3-0.

Adairsville (2-1) plays at Woodland next Tuesday in a 6 p.m. tip-off.


The Cass boys lost their fourth straight game to start the 2022-23 season and dropped their third game at the Roswell High School Rotary Air Invitational Tuesday with a 62-45 loss to McIntosh.

The Chiefs built a 31-21 lead by halftime and outscored the Colonels 31-24 in the second half.

Brandon Cheri scored a game-high 23 points to pace McIntosh (1-3).

Cass was led by Devin Henderson with 11 points. Sacovie White finished with 10. K.J. Rogers scored eight. Jayden Foster posted seven. Isaiah Ford contributed five points. Tom Brannon had three points and Kevin Henderson added one point for the Colonels.

Cass (0-4) hosts Arabia Mountain Saturday at 2:30 p.m.


The Pepperell girls built a 41-21 lead by halftime and eased to a 63-36 win Tuesday night over Woodland in Rome.

Kaitlyn House led the Dragons with 18 points. Gabi Smith and Morgan Willingham added 17 points each for Pepperell.

The Lady Cats were led by Megan Schultz with 11 points. Reagan Weightman scored eight. Libby Morgan finished with five points. Indya Coaxum finished with four. Bailee Motes and Morgan Echols had three points and Kasidee Wall added two for Woodland.

The Lady Cats (1-3) host Adairsville next Tuesday night in a 6 p.m. start.

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