The Lady Eagles trailed after a quarter of play, falling behind 9-7, but stepped up their defensive pressure in the second period, holding Mount Zion to 5 points while scoring 13.
The run gave the Lady Eagles a 20-14 lead at the break.
Excel outscored Mount Zion, 14-11, in the third quarter to secure a 34-25 lead.
The Lady Eagles scored 19 points in the fourth quarter while allowing 13 to improve their overall record to 10-10 with a 4-2 record in the region.
Rylie Boston led the Lady Eagles with 16 points.
Also scoring were Whitney Harris, 14; Xena Enos, 11; Anna Lane Hattaway, 7; Brighton McCollum, 4; and Kalli Beth Scheff, 1.
Excel hosts Mount Paran Christian today. Tipoff is slated for 2:30 p.m.
Dalton 54, Cass 49
Cass used its outside game to good result Friday night — tallying eight treys — but it wasn’t enough as Dalton’s inside game eventually prevailed, and the Lady Catamounts won 54-49 in girls high school basketball.
Esmeralda Thomas led the Lady Colonels with 16 points. Dalton had the upper hand early as it grabbed a 3-2 lead about midway through the first quarter.
Thomas scored the two points for Cass, both from the free throw line.
Dalton stretched its lead to 7-2, but Alexis Ware scored in the paint to close the score to 7-4.
A 4-0 run improved Dalton’s lead to the 11-4, but Lexy Walraven added two buckets and Cass closed to 11-8. Dalton added a trey and Thomas ended scoring in the frame with a 3-pointer to give Dalton a 14-11 lead after a quarter of play.
Cass threatened to run away with the game in the second quarter, using a 15-1 run to take a 26-15 lead.
Payton Stoddard opened scoring in the second period for Cass with a trey, and Thomas added a bank shot high off the backboard while Jana Morning hit a 3-pointer for a 19-14 lead.
Thomas added a 3-pointer and also buried a deuce followed by Morning’s deuce to give Cass its 26-15 lead.
Dalton answered with an 11-0 run off its inside game and the teams were knotted at 26-all at halftime.
Cass outscored Dalton 15-12 in the second frame.
Hayley Gildersleeve opened scoring for Cass about a minute in the third quarter, finding the range with a shot off the backboard.
Stoddard added a trey for Cass while Morning hit a foul shot and a deuce.
Dalton matched the third quarter point total and the two teams were tied at 34-all to start the final period.
Cass added three treys in the final quarter on its way to scoring 15 points, but Dalton found the mark more often in the period and scored 20 points to earn the victory.
Other scorers for Cass were Morning, 11; Walraven, 9; Stoddard, 9; Ware, 2; and Gildersleeve, 2.
The loss dropped Cass to 11-12 overall on the season. It is 3-9 in region play.
Cass returns to the hardwood on Monday when it visits Cartersville. Tipoff for the teams is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Heritage 58, Cartersville 51
Cartersville dug itself a hole early and could not overcome it as the Lady Purple Hurricanes trimmed a 19-point lead by Heritage to single digits but still fell, 58-51, in basketball play Friday night.
Cartersville closed to within six points late. Madison McKinney scored 25 to lead Cartersville offensively. Heritage improved to 17-4 overall and 10-2 in the region with the victory.
Cartersville is 4-17 overall and 2-10 in the region. The Lady Canes next play today when they host Ridgeland. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.