In other girls action, Adairsville defeated Ringgold, Excel was clipped by Christian Heritage and Woodland lost to North Paulding.
Lady Canes 62, Coahulla Creek 41
Cartersville grabbed a modest lead at the end of a quarter, 19-13, and then added on the rest of the way. The Lady Canes outscored the Lady Colts, 14-7, in the second period to take a 33-20 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, Cartersville outscored the home team 16-8 and held a 49-28 margin at the start of the final period.
Cartersville pressed against Coahulla Creek early but missed some easy scoring opportunities and turned the ball over to thwart its efforts.
“It wasn’t a really well executed effort but coming off the Christmas break and several hard games in the Pickens County tournament, we needed to get a win,” coach Cindy Moore said.
She said the team now settles into the meat of its region schedule.
“We’ve got five ball games in the next eight days,” she said. “It’s a big stretch for us and we’re trying to get a lot of folks out on the floor. This is why you work all summer, so you can be ready for this. We will play four more sub-region opponents before we start over. It’s the part of the season where you have to take every chance to get better at whatever you need to be better at.”
Stefanie Will led the Lady Purple Hurricanes in scoring with 13 points and she also was credited with six steals.
North Paulding 49, Woodland 29
Woodland played North Paulding tough early but dropped behind in the second half as they lost, 49-29.
North Paulding took an 11-8 lead after a quarter of play but could not shake the home team in the second quarter, when it scored 8 points while allowing 5 on the way to a 19-13 halftime lead.
The Lady Wolfpack found its shooting touch in the third period and stretched its lead by 10 points with a 17-7 run and closed out with a 13-9 differential in the final frame.
Woodland’s overall record is 6-9 and it is 2-5 in Region 5A-AAAAA.
The Lady Wildcats return to the hardwood Tuesday when they entertain East Paulding. The game tips off at 6 p.m.
North Paulding has a 3-11 record overall and is 1-5 in the region.
Adairsville 48, Ringgold 32
After suffering four straight defeats, the Adairsville Lady Tigers have put together a two-game winning streak with their 48-32 victory over Ringgold Friday at home. The Lady Tigers had ended the first half of the season with a 52-50 win over Darlington.
“Things are finally coming together for us,” coach Meredith Barnhill said. “Our win over Ringgold was a great way to start the new year.”
Adairsville (5-8, 1-3) started the new year by opening up a 22-4 first quarter lead, and having all 12 players score at least one point. The Lady Tigers led 35-17 at halftime.
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