Wildcats win OT thriller; Lady Cats, Hurricanes suffer losses

The Woodland boys basketball team picked up its second win of the season Monday night while both the Woodland girls and Cartersville boys suffered losses in holiday tournament action in Rome.

WOODLAND BOYS 54, DARLINGTON 52 The Woodland boys won their opening round game of the Seven Hills Rotary / Rome News-Tribune Christmas Tournament Monday night at Berry College, edging Darlington in overtime 54-52.

DiAnthony Heathcock (photo) led the way for the Wildcats with 23 points. Jamison Lawrence added 12 points for Woodland including four free throws in the overtime period. Darlington led 14-7 after one quarter before Woodland knotted the score at 22-all at halftime. The Tigers led again after three quarters 40-36 but the Wildcats caught them at the end of regulation, 48-48. Patrick Shelley led Darlington (3-6) with 23 points. Woodland (2-6) advances to Wednesday night’s semifinal round at Georgia Highlands College. The Wildcats will play Model at 8:30 p.m. MODEL 53, CARTERSVILLE BOYS 45 Playing just their second game of the season, the Cartersville boys dropped a first round tournament game Monday night to Model at Georgia Highlands College in the Seven Hills Rotary / Rome News-Tribune Christmas Tournament. Kam Callahan led Cartersville with 12 points, while Micah Tart and Kyler Johnson finished with nine points apiece. The Model boys improved to 6-3 on the season with their win and will now play Woodland Wednesday in the tournament semifinals. Cartersville (0-2) will play a consolation game Wednesday against Darlington at 7 p.m. at Georgia Highlands College. DARLINGTON 59, WOODLAND GIRLS 17

A stifling Darlington defense powered the Lady Tigers to a 59-17 opening round win over Woodland Monday night at Berry College in the Seven Hills Rotary / Rome News-Tribune Christmas Tournament. The trio of Emmaline Ratledge, Georgeanna Dempsey, and Caroline Dingler scored 14, 12, and 11 points, respectively, for Darlington in the win. Darlington held a 28-8 lead at halftime and improved to 10-1 on the season. Woodland got five points from Morgan Cooper and four by Abigail Taylor. The Lady Cats (1-7) play a consolation game Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Georgia Highlands College against Pepperell. The Lady Dragons fell to Model Monday, 58-41.

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