Friday night hoops roundup: Colonels rally for OT win, Tigers return to victory column
The Cass boys found themselves trailing Carrollton by five points with 1:40 remaining Friday night, but rallied at home to send the game to overtime and then defeated the Trojans 84-77. Five Colonels scored at least 13 points and Cass made 10 of 14 free throws in the overtime period for the key Region 7-AAAAA victory.
Zaylan Chaney led Cass with 21 points. He was followed by Braxton Benham with 17, Jordan Ford with 15, Jaquan Heard tallied 14, and C.J. Pipkin finished with 13 points. Andrew Glaze added four points for the Colonels.
Marcellous Lockett led Carrollton and all scorers with 25 points. Terrell Carmichael and Jordan Harrison totaled 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Trojans. Cass held leads of 21-8 and 37-25 through the first two periods, but the Trojans tied the game at 44 each heading to the final period by outscoring the Colonels 19-7 in the third quarter.
Regulation time ended with the teams tied at 71. Carrollton slips to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in region games with their loss.
Cass (8-3, 4-1 Region 7-AAAAA) will host Woodland Saturday in a 4:30 p.m. start.
ADAIRSVILLE BOYS 45, COAHULLA CREEK 41
The Adairsville Tigers returned to the win column Friday night with a four-point home win over the Coahulla Creek Colts. The Tigers trailed 9-5 after one quarter, but carried a 24-18 advantage to the intermission. The game tightened in the third quarter with Adairsville taking a 32-31 lead into the final eight minutes. Gaven Crunkleton led all scorers in the game with 17 points for Adairsville. T.J. Printup finished with 10. Jaxon Welchel and Savaun Henderson contributed seven and five points, respectively. Gage Seibenhener led the Colts with nine points.
The loss drops Coahulla Creek to a 4-4 record on the season and 1-4 in Region 6-AAA. Adairsville (3-4, 2-2) travels to region rival Calhoun Saturday night for a 7:30 p.m. tip.
KELL 106, WOODLAND BOYS 23
The Class AAAAA fourth-ranked Kell Longhorns pounded visiting Woodland Friday night in Cobb County, 106-23. Kell led 40-5 after the first eight minutes and expanded their lead throughout the evening. Scoota Henderson led nine Longhorns that scored at least eight points. Najhae Colon followed with 14 and Julius Strahan finished with 12. Jaden Johnson had six points for the Wildcats. Kell improved to 8-2 on the season and 3-1 in Region 7-AAAAA. Woodland (1-5, 0-4) plays at Cass in another region game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
NORTH COBB CHRISTIAN 81, EXCEL CHRISTIAN BOYS 37
The ECA boys had a two-game win streak snapped Friday night with an 81-37 loss to visiting North Cobb Christian. Excel trailed 24-17 after one period, 49-21 at halftime, and 65-29 after three quarters.
Rayshawn Womack and Kalil Holley led ECA with 12 points each. Brendan Quillin tossed in six. Josiah Scott and Caleb Crumly led North Cobb Christian (5-3, 2-2) with 20 and 13 points, respectively.
Excel (2-4, 1-1) plays at Coosa Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
KELL 50, WOODLAND GIRLS 33
The Class AAAAA 7th-ranked Lady Longhorns built a 21-point lead by halftime and held off the Woodland girls Friday night, 50-33, to remain unbeaten this season. Crystal Henderson led Kell (9-0, 4-0) with 13 points. Woodland got 10 points from Gracie Styles, eight by Morgan Cooper, and six by Ansley Evans. The Lady Cats (1-5, 1-3) play at Cass Saturday at 3 p.m.
COAHULLA CREEK 66, ADAIRSVILLE GIRLS 45
Adairsville coach Michael Roberson was proud of his girls’ effort Friday night, but the Lady Tigers came up short in a home loss to Coahulla Creek, 66-45. Adairsville trailed 16-10 after one quarter and cut the lead to two points late in the second period before the Colts pushed out to a 32-23 lead at halftime. Katelyn Richards led Coahulla Creek (7-1, 4-1) with 15 points. Jillian Poe followed with 12. Haley Stiles led Adairsville with 17 points. Lexie Childers scored 14 for the Lady Tigers.
Adairsville (2-6, 0-4 Region 6-AAA) plays again Saturday night at Calhoun at 6 p.m.
CARROLLTON 78, CASS GIRLS 39
The Class AAAAA 3rd-ranked Carrollton girls raced to an 18-2 lead after one quarter Friday night at Cass on the Lady Trojans’ way to a 78-39 Region 7-AAAAA win. Carrollton led 33-11 by halftime and 52-30 after three quarters. Kanija Daniel poured in 26 points to lead the Trojans. De’mauri Flournoy followed with 15 points for Carrollton (6-1, 3-1). Cass was led by Claire Davis’ 14 points. Ariana Hames contributed seven.
Cass (5-3, 2-3) hosts county and region rival Woodland Saturday at 3 p.m.