The Adairsville girls basketball team picked up their first victory of the season Saturday at Southeast Whitfield.
After trailing by one point at the end of the first quarter, the Tigers took control and never relinquished it in a 49-43 win over the Raiders.
Six points from Yatorrean Hale keyed a 16-point second quarter, which allowed Adairsville to carry a 26-22 lead into halftime. Alexa Varner had four points in the third quarter to help the Tigers (1-2) extend their lead to 37-31.
Varner added six of her 14 points in the final period to ward off a Southeast Whitfield rally. Varner hit all four of her free throws in the final quarter, and Ji'Leyah Mitchell also hit two key foul shots as part of her eight-point effort.
Hale finished with nine points and Haley Stiles added eight for Adairsville, which opens Region 6-AAA play Tuesday at home against No. 5-ranked Ringgold.
Adairsville boys 63, Southeast Whitfield 36
The Adairsville boys dominated on both ends of the court to secure their first win of the season Saturday at Southeast Whitfield.
While the Raiders never managed more than 11 points in a single period, the Tigers dropped in at least 15 in every stanza to cruise to a 63-36 win.
Adairsville (1-1) got off to a quick start, doubling up the hosts in the first quarter, 16-8. Malachi Gardner had all six of his points in the period, while Will Longmore and Jaxon Welchel had four apiece.
Gaven Crunkelton had seven of his 11 points in the second quarter to boost the Tigers to a 31-17 halftime cushion. T.J. Printup scored seven points in the third quarter, as Adairsville extended its lead out to 48-25.
Welchel, who ended up with a team-high 13 points, chipped in four points in the final period. Longmore and Printup each finished with nine points.
Adairsville will host Ringgold in its Region 6-AAA opener Tuesday.
Model 64, Cartersville girls 56
Model held a 42-21 scoring edge over the middle two quarters against Cartersville Saturday in Floyd County.
Despite dominating the first and fourth quarters, being outscored by a 2:1 ratio during the second and third periods proved too much to overcome for the Canes in a 64-56 setback.
Cartersville (1-1) jumped out to a 15-10 lead after one, as Lehla Thomas, Naijah Evans and Cio Seigler each had at least four points in the stanza.
But the Canes offense went cold over the next two quarters. Thomas had five of her 20 points in the span, but no other Cartersville player had more than three.
As a result, Model (2-3) came back to take a 29-25 lead at halftime before extending the advantage to 52-34 by the end of the third.
Behind Thomas and Ariana Cochran, the Canes stormed back over the final eight minutes. Cochran had 10 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter, while Thomas, who also had seven rebounds, scored nine.
It ended up being too late for Cartersville to complete the comeback, but the Canes will hope to carry over the fourth-quarter scoring into next Saturday's home opener against Pepperell at noon.