Adairsville, Woodland girls turn in winning performances
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Adairsville trailed, 16-14, after a quarter of play but made an adjustment in its press early in the second period and quickly left Rockmart in its rearview mirror, 58-33, in girls high school basketball action Saturday night.

Woodland also trailed early but turned up its defensive intensity to top East Paulding in its game.

Adairsville 58, Rockmart 33

The Lady Tigers held the Lady Yellow Jackets (0-1) to four points in each of the second and third frames to take over the contest.

Adairsville led 33-20 after the break and 46-24 with three quarters played. Adairsville scored 12 points in the final frame while allowing nine points.

Head coach Meredith Barnhill said the Lady Tigers took an early lead in the first quarter but Rockmart fought back and changed the tempo, enabling it to take the lead.

“In the second quarter we made some adjustments and that pretty much took care of it,” Barnhill said.

She said the Lady Tigers also helped their case with their shooting.

“They were taller and we had to spend a lot of time on the perimeter and we shot well,” Barnhill said.

Stephanie Kuhrt led the way for the Lady Tigers with 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

“She showed up ready to play today,” Barnhill said. “They had a hard time stopping her. She’s a complete player. She likes to penetrate and gets to the lane and the basket.

“She worked hard on her game in the summer and can shoot from the outside and that makes her hard to guard.”

Also contributing to Adairsville’s point total were Julia Roberson, 12; Mallorie Collum, 9 points and eight rebounds; Kelsy Hice, 4 points, five rebounds; Paige Cole, 3 points; and Victoria Davis, Logan O’Neal and Lexi Adams, 2 points each.

The victory improved Adairsville’s overall record to 2-3 on the year. It is 1-0 in Region 5-AAA.

The Lady Tigers next play Tuesday, when they visit North Murray in their second region game of the year.

Woodland 47, East Paulding 28

Woodland continued its habit of starting slowly but found a way to overcome that performance and blow past East Paulding, 47-28, in their region game.

The Lady Wildcats trailed 18-16 at the break but outscored the Lady Raiders 31-10 in the second half as they improved their overall record to 5-2, 3-0 in Region 5-AAAAA.

“We were able to pick up our defensive pressure in the third quarter and it allowed us to score more that quarter than we had the entire first half,” head coach Kyle Morgan said. “We held their scoring down in the second half that’s a sign we were doing things well defensively.”

Both teams were extremely slow to switch on the scoreboard lights in the early going and Woodland found itself trailing, 4-3, after a quarter of play. The offensive play picked up for both teams in the second quarter as the Lady Wildcats dropped in 13 points to 14 for East Paulding.

Woodland held the Lady Raiders (1-6) to just four points in the third frame while draining 17 points and on its way to taking over the game, 33-22.

The Lady Wildcats scored 14 points in the final frame while allowing its opponent to drop in six points.

Morgan said they responded to halftime coaching suggestions.

“I was proud of them for taking constructive criticism and applying it in a positive manner,” he added.

Paving the way for Woodland was Katie Harris, who scored a team-high 13 points in the victory. Carly Bucy drew the team’s only charge of the contest.

Woodland returns to the hardwood Tuesday when it visits Lithia Springs, a perennial region power.

“We expect a tough region game from them,” Morgan added.