The Adairsville boys team is currently 2-1 with wins over Cass and Armuchee. Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers dropped to 0-2 with losses to Cass and Pepperell.
The Cartersville boys team picked up a win in its first game of the season Saturday against Rome, but the girls team has already played three games. After a loss on Nov. 25 at River Ridge, the Lady Canes have gone on to defeat Houston County and Rome.
The Lady Colonels were 3-1 heading into Saturday’s game against Allatoona on Saturday. The boys team is now 0-4 after Saturday’s loss to 4-0 Newton.
Both Excel teams are young and have struggled in the early going. The Lady Eagles have yet to pick up a win in their first three games, while the boys team is 1-4.
On the other hand, the Woodland Wildcats are 3-1 and Southeast Whitfield Thanksgiving tournament after defeating Heritage, North Murray and East Paulding.
The Lady Wildcats are currently 3-1 with victories over Ridgeland, New Manchester and Excel. They came in third place in the Southeast Whitfield Thanksgiving tournament.
It is still early in the season, but several players have already begun to stand out for their performances in the early going.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adairsville senior Sammie Frazier has battled foul trouble so far this season, but still has managed to post impressive numbers in his team’s first three games. Frazier had 13 points and nine rebounds against Cass in the team’s first game of the season, despite playing limited minutes because of foul trouble. Frazier had just four points and one rebound in the first three quarters, but had nine points and eight rebounds in the final period to help Adairsville pull away from the Colonels. He followed up that performance with a 19-point, 11-rebound and six-block game at Pepperell. On Friday, he had 21 against Armuchee.
BEST OF THE REST
Corey Tobin — Cartersville
The Canes have only played one game so far, but Tobin had a strong debut. The senior scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He made 9-of-10 free throws to go along with his five 3-pointers.
Ryan Davis — Cartersville
Davis is another one of the Canes’ talented seniors and chipped in eight points in the fourth quarter during their win against Rome in the opener. He finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Kaelyn Irby — Cartersville
The senior point guard has not put up big numbers so far this season, but she is undeniably the driving force of the Lady Canes attack, which has scored 61 points in each of the last two games.
Rejiyah Burley — Cass
Burley opened up the season with a bang as she scored 27 in the Lady Colonels’ first game at Adairsville. She followed up the performance with a 10-point game against Trion on Friday.
Andrea Taylor — Excel
The junior point guard has been a consistent scorer for the Lady Eagles, reaching double figures in each of her team’s three games. She stuffed the stat sheet Saturday when she went for 12 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a loss to Woodland.
Darius Thrower — Excel
Thrower scored 30 points in a game during his team’s Thanksgiving tournament and followed up the performance with 23 against North Murray. The sophomore is averaging about 18 points per game.
Ayrianna Metcalf — Woodland
Metcalf scored 17 points against Heritage on Friday and added 10 against Excel Saturday.
Carrod Watson — Woodland
The big man in the middle for the Wildcats averaged 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks per game in his team’s first two games. He added a double-double Saturday against Heritage with 21 points.
Damon Simpson — Woodland
Simpson was named the Southeast Whitfield Thanksgiving tournament MVP.
“He had a great assist-to-turnover ratio,” Woodland head coach John Howard said. “He had a great tournament.”
Justin Reed — Cass
Reed averaged 10 points and seven rebounds in Cass’ first three games.
Stephanie Kuhrt — Adairsville
Kuhrt scored 10 points against Cass and eight against Pepperell.
Maya Jones — Cartersville
Jones erupted against Houston County with a 17-point, 10-rebound effort.