The Adairsville boys and girls teams are coming off an excellent week as each team beat Gordon Central Friday in region games and then defeated Rockmart the next day. The Tigers will look to go 2-0 in their region today when they match up against North Murray.
The North Murray boys are 4-2, including a 68-50 victory over Excel. North Murray lost to Woodland by 25 points, however, and were handed a similarly one-sided loss to Lakeview Fort-Oglethorpe to make the Mountaineers 0-1 in the region. Adairsville’s only other game this week will be Friday at home against Cartersville.
The Lady Tigers are 2-3 and face a 2-2 North Murray squad at home before they play Cartersville. The Lady Mountaineers defeated LFO in their first region game and are 1-0 in Region 5-AAA. Adairsville lost to North Murray three times last season, but almost won the third matchup in the region tournament.
The Cartersville boys are 2-0 and face Sonoraville at home today on Teacher Appreciation night. The Sonoraville boys are 2-2 this year and 1-0 in the region after a 4-22 season a year ago.
The Sonoraville girls team is the favorite to win the region and will present one of the biggest challenges for the 3-1 Lady Canes this season. Sonoraville was undefeated in region play a year ago and beat Cartersville by and average of nearly 30 points per game.
Meanwhile, the Colonels had a rough week as they lost to LaFayette, Northwest Whitfield and Cartersville. They play Dalton today in what will undoubtedly be another tough test. The Catamounts defeated Gordon Central by 44 points last week. Cass will then play at Ridgeland Friday and at home against Woodland Saturday. Ridgeland is 2-2 and will likely be the team’s best chance at picking up the first win of the season.
The Lady Colonels are 3-3 this year and also should stand a good chance of picking up a win at Ridgeland. Ridgeland is 4-2, but three of those wins came against single-A teams. Ridgeland also lost to Woodland earlier this season by 20 points.
The Excel basketball teams play road games at LaFayette today and Fellowship Christian Saturday. LaFayette is 4-2 and defeated Cass last week by a score of 50-43 in the boys game. The LaFayette girls team is 3-3 and lost to Cass High by a score of 59-53 earlier this year.
Both Excel teams already played Fellowship Christian on Nov. 23. The boys team lost 61-37 and the Lady Eagles lost 62-36.
As for the Woodland boys and girls teams, they will face two region opponents before they meet Cass on Saturday. The Lithia Springs game will be at Lithia Springs High today. The Wildcats will then welcome Villa Rica on Friday.
The Lithia Springs boys team is 0-6 with two double-digit losses to Region 5-AAAAA opponents Rome and North Paulding. The Lithia Springs girls team is 4-2 with two region victories over the same opponents.
Villa Rica will be a tougher opponent for Woodland’s boys team on Friday. Villa Rica is 7-1, 3-1 in the region, and defeated East Paulding 62-53 on Nov. 22. Woodland has already beaten East Paulding twice by scores of 61-50 and 54-48.
Woodland is currently 4-3 and 1-3 in the region.
The Lady Woodland Wildcats have a 5-2 record this season and are 3-1 in the region. The Lady Villa Rica Wildcats are 4-2 with a 2-0 region record, making for what should be one of several competitive games this week.