The Cass girls basketball team had four players score exactly 12 points to outscore visiting Kell all by themselves in a 78-47 victory to kick off Region 7-AAAAA play on Tuesday night.
The quartet who produced a dozen points apiece were seniors Payton Stoddard and Sharia Wade and sophomores Londaisha Smith and Ariana Hames. Freshman Claire Davis actually led the balanced attack with 13 points, while senior Alexis Ware chipped in with nine.
Cass (5-0, 1-0) jumped out to a 24-7 advantage after one quarter. The Colonels extended the advantage to 41-16 by halftime before an even third quarter saw Cass take a 55-31 advantage into the final stanza.
Kell had three players score in double-figures, led by Kya Williams' 17, but couldn't match the depth of Cass. The Colonels avenged a trio of losses suffered at the hands of the Longhorns last season, when they were coached by new Cass boys head coach Sean Glaze, including a defeat in the first round of the region tournament to keep Cass from reaching the state playoffs.
Next up for Burt Jackson's bunch is a trip to Paulding County on Friday.
Kell 89, Cass boys 54
The Cass boys had one high-scoring quarter, but it wasn't nearly enough to keep up with one of the top 50 teams in the state according to MaxPreps, as the Colonels fell 89-54 to Kell on Tuesday at home.
In the Region 7-AAAAA opener for Cass, the visitors exploded out of the gate to grab a 19-7 lead. Thanks in large part to nine points from Ethan Carter, the Colonels got back into the game with a nice second quarter to pull within 39-32 at the interval.
Kell regrouped at halftime, though, holding Cass (2-4, 0-1) to 10 or fewer points in each of the final two periods. Meanwhile, the high-flying Longhorns scored 19 and 31 points, respectively, in the last two stanzas.
Things won't get any easier for Cass, which was led by Jacquez Fountain's 15 points, with a road game at undefeated Paulding County, currently ranked No. 16 in Georgia by MaxPreps.