“I don’t know the last time that’s happened,” acknowledged Excel coach Eric Harris, whose team has a chance to keep the streak going Friday against Christian Heritage.
In their game against Temple, the Lady Eagles shut down their opponent in the first quarter, 12-0, before allowing them to get on the scoreboard and trail 17-7 by halftime.
Harris noted his team got a little “sluggish” in the second quarter but reversed course in the third.
“We kind of took control in the second half but our defense was solid all night,” he said.
Excel kept Temple under double digits for a quarter yet again in the third, outscoring its opponent 15-3 to lead 32-10 going into the fourth.
Temple finally hit the double-digit plateau, scoring 10, but the Lady Eagles were six points better as they closed the game with a nearly 30-point win.
Andrea Taylor and Lexie Robinson each scored 17 points against Temple to lead Excel.
After improving to 4-11 on the year, Excel turns its sights to a big region game Friday night in Dalton, where the Lady Eagles face Christian Heritage — one of the chief competitors with Excel for the potential final playoff spot in Region 6A-A.
“Our top three in our region — Southwest Atlanta Christian, Darlington and Gordon Lee — all three are a step above,” Harris said. “We’re trying to fight for the No. 4 spot. It’s gonna come down to us and Christian Heritage, Trion, who we beat once, and Mount Zion, who we beat once.”
Tipoff for the Lady Eagles’ game at Christian Heritage will be 6 p.m.
Lady Tigers 47, LFO 35
Adairsville evened its overall won-loss record Tuesday with a 47-35 victory over visiting Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe in girls high school basketball action, a result that helped the Lady Tigers maintain second place in Region 5A-AAA.
Though the victory was far from certain, Adairsville (7-7, 5-1) played its best with the game in doubt, overturning an 8-4 first-quarter deficit to lead 21-14 at halftime.
The Lady Tigers built on that lead in the second half, outscoring LFO 11-8 in the third before closing out the Lady Warriors, 15-13, in the final eight minutes.
“We played well in spurts,” Adairsville coach Meredith Barnhill said. “Our full-court pressure hurt them in spurts, but we were not consistent defensively and we got outrebounded. “It was not one of our better performances and we didn’t play a complete game, but … when it came down to it, we did what we had to do to win.”
The Lady Tigers’ Mallorie Collum (15) and Stephanie Kuhrt (13) both scored in double figures to lead their team, and Kelsey Hice (8), Julia Roberson (5), Paige Cole (3), Victoria Davis (2) and Lexi Adams (1) all tallied points as well and they contributed to their team’s 12-point victory.
Adairsville resumes action Friday when it visits Gordon Central for a 7 p.m. game.
Cartersville 61, N. Murray 38
Cartersville snapped back from its weekend loss to Cass by pounding region foe North Murray, 61-38.
The Lady Canes improved to 14-3 overall and are 7-0 in Region 5-AAA.
Monica Motuba led Cartersville scorers, draining 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Also contributing were Morgan Jones, 11 points, five rebounds; Maya Jones, 10 points, eight rebounds; Hallie Wachsmuth, nine points; and Kaelyn Irby, 10 assists, five steals.
Cartersville next plays on Friday, when it hosts Ringgold. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
North Murray fell to 7-9 overall with the loss and is 2-4 in the region. It next plays Friday night when it visits Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.