Cartersville was up 25-2 after a quarter, 48-7 at halftime, and 69-19 after three quarters of play. Cartersville outscored its guests 17-7 in the final period.
“The story was our defense,” coach Mike Tobin said. “We were really flying up and down the court. I’d have to give credit to the little break over the weekend. It kind of re-energized our team. A lot of teams don’t have fresh legs this time of the year.”
Ringgold 69, Adairsville 46
Adairsville matched Ringgold basket for basket in the first half, but the winning team got hot inside and outside to help it claim a 69-46 victory.
“We had a dog fight in the first half, but they came out and whipped us in the second half,” coach Kent Howard said.
Adairsville scored 15 points to 13 for Ringgold in the first period. The teams reversed those totals in the second period and were tied at 28-all at the game’s midway point.
Cass 45, Cedartown 39
Somehow, someway, the Cass Colonels managed to gut out a 45-39 victory over Cedartown Tuesday night at home.
The Colonels won despite virtually playing the entire game without starter Chris Darden, shooting 16-for-60 from the field and being unable to put away a winless basketball team.
“We just could never get in the flow,” Cass coach Greg Scott said. “They [the Bulldogs] were a team that played likethey had everything to lose, and we played like we had nothing to lose.”
Excel 61, Gordon Lee 51
No overtime was needed the second time around, as the Excel Eagles (21-1, 8-0) defeated Gordon Lee, 61-51, on the road. Double overtime was needed to decide their first meeting in which Excel prevailed, 62-59.
Leading scorers for Excel were Elijah Robinson with 23 points, and Rudy Winters added 13.
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