“It was just a barn burner,” Adairsville coach Meredith Barnhill said, noting very few points separated the two teams all game long.
The Lady Tigers started a little quicker on the evening, scoring 10 points while holding Coahulla to four in the first quarter.
The second quarter saw Coahulla notch 13 points to 11 for Adairsville and the two teams went into the halftime locker with a 21-17 score that favored the Bartow County school.
Coahulla Creek outscored Adairsville by three points in the third quarter and trailed 31-30 after three full frames of play.
The Lady Tigers matched their hosts point for point — a dozen each — and closed the game with their one-point lead still in tact.
“They really chipped away at our lead in the second and third quarters,” Barnhill noted. “That’s the thing about Coahulla Creek. They never fold their tent, and we had to hold on at the end to get the victory.”
She said both teams played with defensive intensity and the scoreboard reflected that.
“It was a defensive battle as both teams created turnovers all evening,” she said. “We both full-court pressed and half-court trapped.
“It was a tough game where every score was earned.”
Stephanie Kuhrt led Adairsville with 11 points; Mallory Bramblett, 9 — three well-timed 3-pointers; Cassidy Howren, 9; Mallorie Collum, 6; Taylor Weeks, 7; and Julia Roberson, 1.
With the victory, Adairsville raised its season record to 10-12 overall and 4-7 in Region 5B-AAA.
The Lady Tigers next play Cartersville today. Adairsville hosts the Lady Purple Hurricanes with tipoff at 4 p.m.
Coahulla Creek is now 2-13 overall, 1-9 in the region.
Meanwhile, coach Barnhill said the school will be using its game Tuesday as a fundraiser for Adairsville and Sonoraville victims of this week’s tornado touchdowns.
“We’re going to be accepting donations in lieu of an admission charge to our game Tuesday,” she said. “We will then share that to help relief efforts between the two schools.”
Adairsville and Sonoraville are to play at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Paulding County 47,
Woodland got off to a slow start and then came up just short of upsetting the Lady Patriots Friday night, falling 47-44.
Colman Roberts, coach of the Lady Wildcats, noted the results didn’t resemble what happened the first time the two teams met.
“[We] played much better than the 71-18 game in early January,” Roberts said. “The girls really played hard defensively and held Jenny Vernet to just eight points.
“In the first game Vernet scored 33 points and [grabbed] 26 rebounds.”
The performance is even more impressive considering Paulding is the No. 1 team in Region 5-AAAAA, sporting a 19-4 overall record and 13-1 region record.
Woodland is 8-15, 3-11 in the region.
Paulding ran out to a 13-5 lead over the Lady Wildcats after a quarter of play. Both teams showed their defensive mettle in the second frame as the Lady Patriots managed a 7-5 run that let them lead 20-10 at the game’s midway point.
Woodland came storming back in the third quarter but Paulding was able to match it point for point and both tallied 17 points, allowing the Lady Patriots to maintain their 10-point lead after three quarters were played.
In the final period, Woodland outscored the visiting Lady Patriots 17-10 to come within three points of matching their final tally.
Marissa Dubose led the Lady Wildcats in scoring, dropping in 19 points. Other offensive contributors included Kennedy Robinson, 14 points; Carly Bucy, 4; Brooke Hummel, 2; Jasmin Askew, 2; Ayrianna Metcalf, 2; and Katie Harris, 1.
Leslie Whiddon led Paulding offensively, tallying 20 points.
At the free throw line, Woodland was 9-of-14 while Paulding was 7-of-20.
Woodland next plays Tuesday, when it hosts Rome in a region game. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.
Tuesday also is senior night for Woodland, which will be honoring two seniors, Robinson and Deja Bolton.