The Carrollton High School boys' basketball team used a strong fourth quarter to finish off Woodland, Cartersville on Tuesday night in the league opener, tallying a 62-46 victory on Criswell Court.
The Trojans (3-1, 1-0 Region 7-AAAAA) were led by sophomore standout Marcellious Lockett with 21 points, while Ricky Rodriguez chipped in 14, including a perfect 7-of-7 clip from the free-throw line.
Carrollton was in a tight contest through three quarters of play before a 22-point fourth quarter helped it pull away for the region triumph.
The Trojans were scheduled to play at Rome on Friday, but with the Wolves' football team playing in the Class AAAAA state championship, the game has been pushed back to Friday, Dec. 15. The Trojans will next travel to Paulding County on Saturday for a 6 p.m. tip.
No. 3 Carrollton girls 81, Woodland, Cartersville 25: The Lady Trojans (3-1, 1-0 Region 7-AAAAA) eased to victory lane in the region opener by scoring 30 in the first quarter and 26 in the second for the 56-12 halftime advantage.
Taylor Brown led all scorers with 22 points, followed by De'Mauri Flournoy with 17, Elexus Bell with 14, Ansley Barge with nine and Erial Daniel with eight.
The Lady Trojans will also have their game against Rome pushed back to next Friday and will face Paulding County on the road at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
In other prep action from Tuesday evening:
Bowdon boys 60, Heard County 50 (OT): The Red Devils (3-3) prevailed in the extra session behind a huge night from Trajan Brown, who posted a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Chris Parker added 10 points, Martrez "Dede" Cox scored nine and Jarrett Stephens finished with eight.
Alijah Huzzie led the Braves (0-5) with 24 points, while freshman Ayden Cannon added 12 points.
Temple boys 52, Northgate 46: The Tigers (1-3) broke into the win column led by a 26-point performance from Javin Boles, followed Mekhimen Stegall with 13.
Temple travels to Mount Zion on Friday night for a county clash.
No. 4 Haralson County girls 61, LFO 34: The Rebelettes (3-0, 2-0 Region 6-AAA) rolled in the region road contest, dropping 24 points in the opening quarter and racing out to a 37-19 halftime advantage.
Alexis Boykin led Haralson with 18 points, followed by Claire Robinson with 14, Tori Causey with 13, Katherine Bridges and Indiya Smith with six apiece and Kayleigh Bagwell with four.
HC plays host to Coahulla Creek on Friday night in a 6 p.m. bout.
Ringgold girls 51, Bremen 42: The Lady Blue Devils (3-2, 0-2 Region 6-AAA) trailed by just two at half, but were outscored by seven in the second half for the road loss.
Ashlynn Hodges scored 12 points to pace Bremen, followed by Alyssa Taylor with 11 and Colby Redding with eight.
The Lady Blue Devils return home on Friday to host North Murray in a 6:30 p.m. matchup.
Oak Mountain girls 57, Flint River 39: Christian Pollard led the Lady Warriors (5-0) with 13 points and six rebounds, while Aubrey Wynn chipped in nine points.
Flint River boys 61, Oak Mountain 35: The Warriors were led by Zach Vavrik with 12 points.
The Haralson County High School wrestling team swept a tri-match in its home opener on Tuesday night, defeating Bowdon and Temple and only losing a combined five matches the entire evening.
In the other match, the Red Devils and Tigers tied, but Bowdon won on criteria for a 43-42 decision.
Rattling off 2-0 performances for the Rebels were Jacob Wilson at 106 pounds, along with Daniel Muse (113), Adrian Wilson (120), Blake Rice (132), Triston Butler (138), Malachi Rutherford (145), Kaegan Williams (160), Trey Loveless (182), Joe Walker (195), Caleb Hardeman (220) and Faizun Ray (hvy.)
The Rebels return to action this weekend at the CRWA Invitational, which will be hosted by Central on Friday and Saturday.
The Carrollton High School riflery team is off to a 4-0 start to the season, most recently picking up a 1,147 to 878 victory over Hiram this past Thursday, where sophomore Morgan Frank shot a 293, which automatically qualified her for an individual appearance at the riflery state championship in May.
The Trojans also recently competed in the Gary Anderson Invitational on Dec. 1, sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Anderson earned two Olympic gold medals, seven world championships, six world records and 16 national championships. No other American has won more Olympic and world championship three position rifle titles.
The Trojans shot a 2,301 out of a possible 2,400 with 122 center shots. That score garnered first place for the Invitational. Individually, Frank earned a silver medal, while junior Collin Grubbs and sophomore Thomas Harris each earned bronze medals at the Invitational.