Cothron lifts Cass over ’Cats
by Jason Greenberg
Feb 02, 2014 | 579 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cass boys basketball team lost to Woodland by a score of 71-50 back on Dec. 14.

The Colonels got their revenge Saturday as they beat the Wildcats at Cass High by a score of 46-44 after Jordan Cothron made a running floater in the lane with five seconds remaining for what would be the eventual game-winner.

“It was a heck of an effort,” Cass head coach Greg Scott said. “It was an all-around team effort and a heck of a win.”

Junior Chavez Hendrix came off the bench after dealing with foul trouble in the first half to lead Cass in scoring with 12. Jordan Morning and Kelin Wells added eight apiece.

Romello Hicks led the way for Woodland with 16 and Carrod Watson finished with 12.

Cass will play again Tuesday at home against River Ridge. Woodland also plays Tuesday at home against Rome.

Excel 69, Mount Zion 56

It was homecoming and senior night for the Excel boys basketball team and both of the team’s seniors, Kory Tucker and Lane Blackwell, stepped up for the Eagles as they defeated Mount Zion at home Saturday night.

“I was a little worried about us being rusty shooting the ball and with all the fundamentals,” Excel head coach Chad Parker said with his team coming off a long layoff because of the week’s school cancellations. “We came out pretty well and put a lot of pressure on them. We jumped out to a pretty good lead and just maintained it the whole game. We put a lot of pressure on them and got a lot of forced turnovers and had some guys really play well offensively.”

Tucker scored a game-high 18 points on his senior night while Blackwell performed well on the defensive end.

“[Tucker] really drove the ball well. He hit a couple of good 3-pointers. He played very well,” Parker said. “Lane Blackwell, our other senior, played a tremendous defensive game. He gave us a lot of good minutes as he’s starting to do during this stretch here, but he also chipped in with three points. He just played really well for us.”

Sophomore Darius Thrower chipped in 16 points, Caleb West had 15 and Jack Bowers had 12.

“It was just really well-rounded scoring tonight,” Parker said.

Excel has two road games to make up against Mount Paran and Trion. Those games have yet to be rescheduled, so the Eagles’ next game on the schedule is Friday at home against Christian Heritage.

Ringgold 54, Adairsville 45

Adairsville dropped back into a tie for third place in Region 5-AAA after Saturday’s loss at home to Ringgold.

The Tigers are now tied with LFO at 6-4 and fall two games back of Ringgold for second place.

Adairsville is still a game ahead of North Murray for the fourth seed and has the tiebreaker over the Mountaineers.

The team will go on the road for its next game Tuesday at Sonoraville.