Cartersville and Cass boys, Woodland girls win consolation semifinals Saturday


The Cartersville boys bounced back from a close loss on Friday morning with a 68-53 consolation semifinal win Saturday over Trion at the Adairsville Ace Hardware Christmas Clash. The Canes trailed 16-14 at the end of the first quarter, but a pressing defense forced turnovers and led to a 30-point second quarter for Cartersville as they took a 44-24 lead to the break. Cartersville extended the lead to 58-33 through three quarters and held on for a 15-point win. Micah Tart led the way for Cartersville with 20 points. Kam Callahan followed with 14. Kyler Johnson scored 12 points and Robert Novak finished with 10 as the Hurricanes had four players in double figures. Brynen Wilkins, Marquail Coaxum, Kolbe Benham, and Kason McCleod added two points apiece. Trion was led by 15 points from Austin Mason and Andy Allen’s 11 points. Cartersville (3-4) will play for fifth place Monday at 2:30 p.m. against Madison County (Ala.). Trion (4-7) plays in Monday’s seventh place game at 11:30 a.m. against Woodland. WOODLAND GIRLS 42, WALKER 28

With a lock-down defensive effort in the second half, the Woodland Lady Cats won a consolation semifinal Saturday afternoon at the Adairsville Ace Hardware Christmas Clash defeating Walker, 42-28. Woodland led 16-11 after one quarter and was up 23-20 at halftime, but it was the Lady Cats’ defense that held the Lady Wolverines to only one point in the third quarter that made the difference. Woodland extended its lead to 33-21 after three quarters on their way to a 14-point win. Ansley Evans and Jordan Thompson led Woodland’s offense with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Gracie Styles scores six for the Lady Cats. Morgan Cooper contributed four points. Abigail Cooper and Lauren Morris added two points each. Grace Koutouzis led Walker with 11 points. Sophie Hill had eight for the Wolverines. Walker (3-9) will play North Cobb Christian Monday at 10 a.m. for seventh place in the tournament. Woodland (3-9) will play LaFayette Monday at 1 p.m. for fifth place. CASS BOYS WIN CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL IN ORLANDO Playing in a consolation semifinal at the Orlando, Florida KSA Tournament, the Colonels raced out of the gate to a 24-4 lead in the first quarter and went on to defeat Conrad Academy of Orlando Saturday afternoon, 58-32. Cass led 36-11 at halftime and was ahead 54-20 heading into the final quarter. Zaylan Chaney and Alfred Washington paced the Cass boys with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Jaquan Heard and Andrew Glaze contributed eight points each for the Colonels. C.J. Pipkin and Zay Jackson followed with five points each. Braxton Benham scored four. Jamari Nathan led Conrad Academy in scoring with 13 points. Cass (10-5) will play Washington Township (New Jersey) for fifth place in the tournament Monday morning at 10 a.m. MADISON COUNTY (AL) 68, WOODLAND BOYS 63 The Woodland boys lost a consolation semifinal game to Madison County, 68-63, Saturday afternoon at the Adairsville Ace Hardware Christmas Clash. The Wildcats led 13-7 after one period and were ahead 31-27 at halftime, but the Tigers outscored Woodland 22-7 in the third quarter to take the lead. Madison County then held on in the final stanza for a five-point win. Trevor Harris scored 23 and Xavier Pincheon added 13 to lead Madison County (4-15). DiAnthony Heathcock paced the Wildcats with 21 points. Jaden Johnson followed with 14. Madison County will play Cartersville Monday at 2:30 p.m. in the tournament’s fifth place game.

Woodland (2-11) will play Trion at 11:30 a.m. Monday for seventh place. LASSITER 90, EXCEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY BOYS 48

Will Harty led five Lassiter Trojans in double figures with 16 points in a 90-48 defeat of the Excel Christian Academy boys Saturday afternoon at the Pickens Christmas Bash in Jasper. Lassiter (8-6) led 43-29 at the intermission and 77-40 after three quarters. Rayshawn Womack and Rashard Doyal led the Eagles with 19 and 14 points, respectively. Excel (2-9) plays again at Pickens High School Monday at 3:30 p.m. against Sonoraville. LAFAYETTE GIRLS 62, NORTH COBB CHRISTIAN 30 Marquila Howell scored 21 and LaToyah Barber added 16 points as the Lady Ramblers beat North Cobb Christian 62-30 in a consolation semifinal. LaFayette led 17-4 after one quarter, 37-16 at the intermission, and extended their advantage to 52-21 through three quarters. Brooke Moore led the Eagles in their loss with 11 points. Gracie Brasington scored six. LaFayette (8-6) plays Woodland Monday at 1 p.m. in the girls fifth place game. North Cobb Christian (9-3) plays Walker for seventh place Monday at 10 a.m.

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