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Woodland teams earn Rome tourney victories; Canes win two straight at Carrollton SMI tourney

December 16, 2023

Gracie Shipp made the game-tying and game-winning free throws Saturday to lift the Woodland Lady Cats to a hard-fought consolation game victory at the Rome Rotary Club Christmas Tournament played at Armuchee High School.

Woodland led late in the fourth quarter before Armuchee scored seven straight points to take a 36-34 lead with only 39 seconds remaining.

On the Lady Cats' next possession, Reagan Weightman — who led Woodland with 13 points — scored a tying bucket off an offensive rebound with less than 10 seconds.

Woodland then fouled in the backcourt with only six seconds remaining. Armuchee made one of two free throws to take a 37-36 lead. Woodland pushed the ball up the floor quickly and Shipp — who finished with 11 points — was fouled with only four seconds remaining. Her two successful free throws lifted the Lady Cats to a one-point win that avenged an earlier 16-point loss to the Lady Indians this season.

Megan Shultz also reached double-figure scoring for Woodland with 10 points.

Aubrey McConkey led Armuchee (6-4) with 13 points, including seven in the fourth quarter. Josie Harris added six.

Woodland (6-4) returns to action on January 6 at Bowdon.


In the Carrollton SMI Holiday Tournament finals Saturday night at Temple High School, the Lady Colonels led at the end of each of the first three quarters.

However, Heard County rallied in the fourth quarter to overtake Cass for a 46-42 win.

The Cass girls finished runner-up at the Carrollton SMI Holiday Tournament.

The Lady Braves outscored the Lady Colonels 16-6 in the final quarter.

Jayden Boykin scored a game-high 25 points to lead Heard County (7-1).

Tamira Feanny finished with nine points for Cass. Kiana McDaniel and Zion Hayes contributed eight points each.

The Lady Colonels (6-2) will look to bounce back Tuesday night at Paulding County.


D.J. Cain scored 18 points to lead four Hurricanes in double-digits as the Cartersville boys defeated North Paulding 80-48 at the Carrollton SMI Holiday Tournament.

Cain was also named to the SMI All-Tournament team.

Collin Genrich followed with 15 for the Canes. Nasir Bennett and Monte Tolbert added 13 apiece.

Gavin Hawk led North Paulding with 13 points.

Cartersville led 15-14 after one quarter and 33-27 at halftime before pulling away in the second half.

The win was a second-straight for Cartersville who defeated Heard County on Friday night 72-70 for their initial win of the season.

Next for the Canes (2-6) is the North Murray High School Mistletoe Madness Tournament next Tuesday through Thursday. Cartersville will face Northwest Whitfield, North Murray, and Gilmer.


The Wildcats won their consolation game Saturday at the Rome Rotary Club Christmas Tournament, defeating Pepperell by 35 points, 76-41.

Zyon Heath scored 24 points for Woodland. Isaiah Livsey added 15.

The loss drops the Dragons to 4-5 on the season.

Woodland (5-6) plays at Northwest Whitfield on December 29 at 6 p.m.


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