Cartersville girls; Cass, Adairsville, and Excel Christian boys collect Friday night region wins
All ten local high school basketball teams were in action Friday night and all ten were involved in region action.
Local winners Friday included the Cartersville girls along with the boys’ teams from Cass, Adairsville, and Excel Christian Academy.
CARTERSVILLE GIRLS 64, CASS 49
After playing even through the first half with a 20-20 halftime score, the Lady Canes took the lead in the third quarter and pulled away down the stretch Friday night for a 15-point region win at Cass.
Cartersville held a 40-32 advantage by the end of the third quarter and outscored the Lady Colonels 24-17 over the final eight minutes.
Ansley Griffin and Jakayah Draughn led the way for Cartersville scoring 19 points each. Kaytlin Arnold followed with 14 points. Taff Bradley finished with 11 and Nayel Camper added one point.
Cass got 11 points from Olivia Woods. Nevaeh Woods scored 10. KK Evans contributed eight points. Kiana McDaniel chipped in six points. Darianna Sosa and Kaitlyn Godwin added three and two points, respectively.
The Lady Canes improved to 13-5 on the season and 4-2 in Region 7-5A. Cartersville plays next at Dalton Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Cass (13-7, 1-5) travels to Calhoun Tuesday for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
CASS BOYS 59, CARTERSVILLE 45
The Cartersville boys led 16-8 at the end of the first quarter Friday night at Cass, but the Colonels won each of the next three periods on their way to an eventual 59-45 region win.
Cass carried a 21-20 lead to the intermission and led 34-30 at the end of the third quarter. The Colonels closed out the win by outscoring the Hurricanes 25-15 in the fourth quarter.
Jelani Hames and KJ Rogers led Cass with 16 points each. Jayden Foster scored 11. Kevin Henderson and Jakai Baldwin chipped in five points each. Devin Henderson and Sacovie White added four and two points, respectively.
Romo Pace led Cartersville with 14 points. Jaylen Scott finished with eight points. Sam Wiedetz totaled seven. Kaden Baldwin, Monte Tolbert, and DJ Cain scored four apiece for the Purple Hurricanes while Parnel Gamble and Tyron Milner added two points each.
The Canes (8-11, 1-5) have a non-region home game Saturday evening at 6 p.m. against North Paulding before returning to Region 7-5A action Tuesday night at Dalton.
Cass (10-10, 4-2) travels to Calhoun Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
ADAIRSVILLE BOYS 60, COAHULLA CREEK 54
The Adairsville Tigers keep winning close games in Region 6-AAA and they did it again Friday night at Coahuila Creek.
The host Colts led 13-11 after one quarter before Adairsville carried a 28-19 advantage to the halftime locker room. In the third period, Coahuila Creek outscored the Tigers 19-10 to knot the score at 38-all heading into the final eight minutes.
The Tigers turned the tables again in the fourth quarter and pulled out a six-point victory, 60-54.
Ben Abernathy and Tre Winters paced Adairsville with 14 points each. Xavious Nalls followed with 13. Tay Jackson finished with nine points while Zach Postell and Zach Weaver chipped in with five points apiece.
Chase Ward led Coahuila Creek (4-16, 4-7) with 20 points.
Adairsville (15-7, 10-1) hosts LaFayette Tuesday night at 7:30 in a showdown of two of the top three boys teams this season in Region 6-AAA.
EXCEL CHRISTIAN BOYS 66, PRAISE ACADEMY 56
The Excel Eagles stayed unbeaten in GAPPS I-AA Region 1 Friday night with a 66-56 win at Praise Academy in Powder Springs.
Excel led 9-0 early Friday but slipped to a 30-27 deficit by halftime. Praise led at the midway point of the third quarter before an intensified defensive effort got the Eagles back in the game. Excel tied the score at 44 by the end of the period and was able to pull away down the stretch for a 10-point victory.
Jacob Taylor and Jakaden Barkley led ECA with 23 points each. Kyron McClendon scored 10 and David Jinks added six points for the Eagles.
Robbie Lebon poured in 37 points for Praise Academy (8-11, 2-3).
Excel Christian (13-8, 8-0) hosts Hearts Academy Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
CALHOUN 86, WOODLAND BOYS 63
Calhoun built a 42-24 lead by halftime and went on to win at Woodland Friday night 86-63.
Dylan Faulkner led the Yellow Jackets with 21 points. Daniel Streete scored 13 and Landon Chattam contributed 11 points for Calhoun.
Woodland was led by Brelace Williams with 23 points. Zyon Heath followed with 13. Isaiah Livsey finished with 11 points and Bryson Van Tonder added nine for the Wildcats.
Calhoun improved to 12-8 overall and 5-1 in Region 7-5A.
Woodland (2-19, 0-6) travels to 3rd-ranked Hiram Tuesday night for a 7:30 p.m. start.
CALHOUN 71, WOODLAND GIRLS 25
Britya Curtis and Saniah Dorsey scored 18 points each Friday night at Woodland as the Calhoun Lady Jackets stayed atop the Region 7-5A standings with a 71-25 win over the Lady Cats.
Calhoun led 24-6 by the end of the first quarter and held a 42-12 halftime advantage.
The Jackets improved to 17-3 overall and 6-0 in region play.
Megan Schultz led the Woodland girls with nine points. Kasidee Wall scored six points and Reagan Weightman added five for the Lady Cats.
Woodland (2-18, 0-6) travels to Hiram Tuesday. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m.
COAHULLA CREEK 54, ADAIRSVILLE GIRLS 50
The Lady Tigers dropped a narrow four-point decision Friday night in Whitfield County at Coahuila Creek, 54-50.
The host Colts improved to 12-9 on the season and 8-3 in Region 6-AAA.
Adairsville (11-10, 6-5) returns to action Tuesday night at home against LaFayette at 6 p.m.
PRAISE ACADEMY 39, EXCEL CHRISTIAN GIRLS 26
The Excel Lady Eagles stayed close into the fourth quarter Friday night at Praise Academy before falling 39-26 in Powder Springs.
Excel trailed 21-11 at halftime but had cut the Praise lead to 28-26 by the end of the third quarter. The hosts blanked the Lady Eagles in the fourth quarter to secure their 13-point win.
Praise improved to 3-7 overall and 2-3 in GAPPS 1-AA, Region 1.
The Excel girls (0-14, 0-7) host Central Christian School Saturday at 2 p.m.