Tuesday night's high school hoops roundup
There was plenty of high school basketball action involving local teams Tuesday night. The Adairsville girls and boys basketball teams earned important Region 6-AAA victories at home, while the Woodland girls knocked off Pepperell for their second win of the season in a consolation game at the Rome Christmas Tournament. The Cass girls and boys suffered region losses at home to Villa Rica while the Cartersville girls dropped a holiday tournament semifinal game and the Excel Christian Academy boys lost in Atlanta to The Weber School.
ADAIRSVILLE BOYS 67, LAKEVIEW-FORT OGLETHORPE 59
The Adairsville boys trailed by three at halftime, but rallied in the second half Tuesday night at home to defeat Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 67-59 in a Region 6-AAA contest. LFO held a 14-11 lead after one quarter and was ahead 28-25 at the intermission. Adairsville took a 46-42 lead by the end of the third quarter by outscoring the Warriors 21-14 in the third quarter. The Tigers then held on for an eight-point region win. Gaven Crunkleton led all scorers in the game with 24 points. T.J. Printup (photo) followed with 16. Conner Crunkleton scored nine. Savaun Henderson posted seven points. Jaxon Welchel finished with six. Tucker Deams and Malachi Gardner rounded out the Tigers’ scoring with three and two points, respectively. Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (7-3, 4-2) was led by Jacob King’s 19 points. Brent Bowman and JaMicheal Davis added 15 and 11 points, respectively. Adairsville (4-5, 3-3) hosts Southeast Whitfield in non-region action Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ADAIRSVILLE GIRLS 55, LAKEVIEW-FORT OGLETHORPE 54 The Lady Tigers picked up their first Region 6-AAA win of the season Tuesday night at home with a one-point win over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, 55-54. Adairsville trailed 14-4 after one quarter, but grabbed a 19-18 lead by halftime. The Lady Tigers led 31-28 after three quarters. Christina Collins led all scorers in the game with 36 points for the Lady Warriors. Adairsville was led by Haley Stiles with 14 points and Alexa Varner with 13. Lexie Childers finished with nine points for the Lady Tigers and Kaitlynn Stiles added six points. Adairsville (3-7, 1-5) steps out of region play Saturday hot host Southeast Whitfield at 6 p.m. WOODLAND GIRLS 39, PEPPERELL 33 The Woodland girls won for the second time this season Tuesday night in a consolation game at the Seven Hills Rotary / Rome News-Tribune Christmas Tournament at Georgia Highlands College. The Lady Cats (2-7) were led by Jordan Thompson with a game-high 13 points. Ansley Evens added eight points. Morgan Cooper and Lauren Morris contributed six points each for Woodland. Pepperell falls to 4-7 on the season with the loss. Woodland returns to action Saturday at Cartersville. THE WEBER SCHOOL 61, EXCEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY BOYS 55 The Excel Christian Academy Eagles lost a tight contest with The Weber School Rams in Atlanta Tuesday night, 61-55. Logan Spector led the host Rams with 30 points, including eight, three-pointers as Weber improved to 5-2. ECA (2-6, 1-1) was paced by 22 points by Kalil Holley, 15 by Rayshawn Womack, and 12 by Jakaden Barkley. The Eagles play at Stratford Academy in Macon Saturday at 3 p.m. ROME 49, CARTERSVILLE GIRLS 37 The Lady Canes took an early lead Tuesday night, but Rome regained the lead by halftime and held on to defeat Cartersville 49-37 in the semifinals of the Seven Hills Rotary / Rome News-Tribune Christmas Tournament at Georgia Highlands College. Cartersville led 14-8 after one quarter. Rome held leads of 31-25 at halftime and 44-34 after three quarters. Amberly Brown led Rome with 12 points. Justyce Moore followed with 10 for the Lady Wolves. Lehla Thomas paced Cartersville with 12 points. Ariana Cochran scored seven and Jamiya Moore added five points. Rome (10-0) advances to the tournament finals Thursday night at Berry College at 7 p.m. to face Darlington. The Lady Canes (3-3) play in the tournament’s third place game Thursday at 4 p.m. at Berry College and will face Model. VILLA RICA 57, CASS BOYS 53 The Cass boys had a five-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night at home with a 57-53 Region 7-AAAAA loss to Villa Rica. Cass led 23-20 at halftime and 40-33 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Colonels were outscored 24-13 down the stretch. Jai Ackey and Phillip Zachery led the visiting Wildcats with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Zaylan Chaney and Jordan Ford scored 14 points each for the Colonels. C.J. Pipkin followed with 10 points and Braxton Benham scored seven. Villa Rica improved to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in region play. Cass (9-4, 5-2) is off until after Christmas when the Colonels head to the KSA Tournament in Orlando December 27-30. Cass will open the event against Monsignor Farrell High School of New York.
VILLA RICA 68, CASS GIRLS 45 The visiting Wildcats outscored Cass in each quarter and led 28-16 at halftime on their way to a 23-point Region 7-AAAAA win. Villa Rica, ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAA, improved to 9-2 on the season and 4-2 in Region 7-AAAAA. Cass falls to 6-4 on the year and 3-4 in region action with their loss. The Lady Colonels will play Thursday through Saturday in the Gordon Lee Christmas Tournament. They will square off with Ridgeland in the first round Thursday at 4 p.m.