Saturday's HS basketball roundup: Big fourth quarter lifts Tigers past Dragons
Adairsville senior Savaun Henderson scored a career high 25 points Saturday to help lead the Tigers to a 60-50 win over visiting Pickens. The Dragons led 17-14 after one quarter, 29-26 at halftime, and were up 43-38 heading into the fourth quarter before Adairsville rallied for a 10-point non-region win. The Tigers outscored Pickens 22-7 in the final eight minutes. T.J. Printup also reached double-figures for Adairsville with 15 points. Tucker Deams and Courtney Slocum chipped in six apiece while William Longmore and Jaxon Welchel added four each. Pickens (16-9) was led by Noah Sutton’s 21 points. Tucker Lowe added 14 for the Dragons. Adairsville (10-13) wraps up the regular season this week by hosting Haralson County Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and traveling to Murray County Friday night at 8:30 p.m.
PICKENS 81, ADAIRSVILLE GIRLS 63 The Pickens girls charged to a 32-13 lead in the first eight minutes Saturday afternoon on their way to an 81-63 non-region win at Adairsville. The visiting ‘Nettes led 44-30 at halftime and were ahead 63-42 after three quarters. Pickens (16-8) had four players reach double-digit scoring led by Sarah Morris with 22 points. Mykenzie Weaver, Cassidy Richards, and Amanda Nelson followed with 19, 11, and 10 points, respectively.
Sophomore Haley Stiles led Adairsville with 16 points. Yatorrean Hale followed with 11 and Alexa Varner posted 10 points for the Lady Tigers. Alexia Crisp and Autumn Childers finished with eight apiece. Makayla Wade scored six and Ji’Leyah Mitchell added four. The Lady Tigers (5-18) return to Region 6-AAA action with a pair of games this week. Adairsville hosts Haralson County Tuesday at 6 p.m. and travels to Murray County Friday for a 7 p.m. tip. SANDY CREEK 53, CARTERSVILLE GIRLS 24 The Lady Canes managed only two points in a stretch that included the entire second and third periods Saturday afternoon during a 53-24 loss at Sandy Creek in Tyrone. Following a 12-12 first quarter, the host Patriots outscored Cartersville 14-2 in the second quarter to take a 26-14 advantage at halftime. Sandy Creek extended its lead to 37-14 by the end of the third quarter. Jania Hodges led the Lady Patriots (18-3, 9-0) with 20 points. Daija Powell scored 13 and Anelle Belinga added 10 points for Sandy Creek. Cio Seigler scored 14 for Cartersville. Miya Moore finished with eight points and Zoe Casey two. Cartersville (9-13, 2-8) travels to Chapel Hill Tuesday night for a 6 p.m. start and will host Troup County at the Storm Center Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. SANDY CREEK 80, CARTERSVILLE BOYS 42 Region 5-AAAA leading Sandy Creek broke open a close game in the third quarter on their way to a 38-point win over the visiting Hurricanes Saturday. Jabari Smith led all scorers with 29 points for Sandy Creek. Daryl Rice and Destin Jenkins both added 11 for the Class AAAA top-ranked Patriots. Sandy Creek (18-3, 9-0) led 19-17 after one quarter and 34-29 at the intermission before racing to a 68-37 lead by the end of the third quarter. Micah Tart and Kolbe Benham led the Canes with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Kam Callahan scored eight. Kyler Johnson and Marquail Coaxum finished with five points apiece. Robert Novak added three points for Cartersville. Cartersville (7-11, 3-7) plays at Chapel Hill Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. and will host Troup Saturday for a 5 p.m. tip. LASSITER 83, EXCEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY BOYS 49 Home-standing Lassiter grabbed an early lead and cruised to an easy home win Saturday over Excel Christian, 83-49, in non-region action. Kyle Keener led the host Trojans with 19 points. Will Harty followed with 15. Greg Watkins contributed 13 points and Owen Kennedy added 12 for Lassiter (12-12). Lassiter led 24-10 after one quarter, 44-25 at halftime, and 69-36 by the end of the third quarter. Rashard Doyal led Excel with 18 points. Rayshawn Womack and Kalil Holley both finished with 13. Jakaden Barkley added five points for the Eagles. Excel Christian (3-19) plays at Christian Heritage in Dalton Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and travels to Bowdon Friday for a 7:30 p.m. start.