The Cass boys basketball team began the season with a resounding road win Saturday over Woodstock in the opener of a Thanksgiving tournament hosted by the Wolverines. ...
The Cass boys basketball team began the season with a resounding road win Saturday over Woodstock.
Behind 24 points by Zaylan Chaney and 21 from Braxton Benham, the Colonels methodically pulled away for a 73-56 victory in the opener of a Thanksgiving tournament hosted by the Wolverines.
The reigning Daily Tribune News Player of the Year, Chaney came out strong with nine points in the opening period. Benham, an all-county pick himself last season, added eight points, including two 3-pointers, to help put Cass ahead 21-16.
C.J. Pipkin dropped home seven of his nine points in the second quarter, as the Colonels increased their lead to 37-29 by halftime.
Both teams scored 14 points in the third period. Cass received four points each from Chaney and Ethan McIntyre in the quarter to maintain its eight-point advantage.
Chaney and Benham, who finished 9-for-9 from the foul line, each had nine points in the fourth quarter to put further daylight between the Colonels and Wolverines — a Class 7A playoff team last season.
Cass will look to stay unbeaten Monday, when the Colonels face Allatoona back in Woodstock.
Armuchee 40, Cartersville 38
A double-double from Lehla Thomas wasn't enough to push Cartersville to a win in a back-and-forth season opener Saturday at Armuchee.
Despite 16 points and 11 rebounds from the junior, Cartersville saw a fourth-quarter lead slip away in a 40-38 loss to the tournament hosts.
Armuchee jumped out to a 17-12 lead after the first quarter and maintained a 24-21 edge at halftime, even with Thomas and Jamiya Moore contributing six points apiece in the first half.
The Canes defense dominated the third quarter, limiting the hosts to just one point in the period. Meanwhile, Thomas racked up eight points and Moore buried her third 3-pointer of the game.
However, Armuchee rallied back, holding a 15-6 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.
Cartersville is slated to return to action against Sonoraville Dec. 1 at The Storm Center.
Model 48, Woodland 28
The Woodland girls basketball team entered halftime of its season opener tied with Model.
The Blue Devils, though, dominated the second half en route to a 48-28 victory over the Wildcats in a Thanksgiving tournament game Saturday at Armuchee.
Woodland received 11 points from Jordan Thompson and nine from Abigail Taylor in a game that was 12-12 after two quarters.
The Wildcats will continue play in the tournament Monday against Bartow County rival Adairsville.