Canes still perfect; Excel ranked
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Cartersville and Excel Christian opened up the second half of the season in the same manner as they had played during the first half of the season. The Purple Hurricanes remained undefeated with a convincing win over Coahulla Creek, while the Eagles used an 11-1 run in the second half to break it open against Christian Heritage.

Canes 77, Coahulla Creek 32

There’s nothing like a little man-to-man, full-court defensive play to wake up a team.

Just ask the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes, whose coach turned to the somewhat intense defense after finding his team holding a very fragile, 24-17 lead after a half of play against Coahulla Creek on Friday night in boys high school basketball.

The results were immediate as Cartersville expanded its lead to 77-32 by game’s end, helping the Canes improve their perfect start to the year to 13-0, 4-0 in Region 5-AAA.

“We were sleepwalking in the first half,” coach Mike Tobin said. “They took it to us. They were hurting us with their defense and they were hurting us on the boards.”

Excel Christian 84,

Christian Heritage 51

Monday’s practice was anything but routine when coach Jon-Michael Nickerson informed his Excel Christian Eagles they had moved up in the MaxPreps’ Georgia Division A polls.

The way the Eagles reacted to Nickerson’s great news, one would have thought Santa Clause had just delivered the greatest Christmas present of all time.

“Knowing how their success on the basketball court was being recognized statewide made for one great practice,” said Nickerson, as he put the Eagles’ first-half success in perspective while sitting in his coaches’ office Friday night. “They should be very proud of their accomplishment thus far.”

The emotional lift the team received Monday carried through the week and throughout its 84-51 victory over Christian Heritage Lions Friday night at the Eagles’ Nest.

“How we played tonight is exactly how our practices went this week,” Nickerson said. “They were crisp and incredibly energized. That’s exactly how we played tonight.”

Excel (12-1) attacked Christian Heritage’s zone defense relentlessly which resulted in 31 free throws and 75 percent shooting from the foulBline. On defense, the Eagles won the turnover battle as well, 26-13.

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