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Greenbrier boys and girls lose to North Augusta

Posted: December 21, 2011 - 12:11am
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Greenbrier's Danny Waugh tries to score as North Augusta's T.J. Sheppard tries to block the shot. The Yellow Jackets won 61-42.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Greenbrier's Danny Waugh tries to score as North Augusta's T.J. Sheppard tries to block the shot. The Yellow Jackets won 61-42.

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A pregame dunk by North Augusta’s Kenny Finley drew a technical foul, giving Greenbrier a 1-0 lead Friday before the game clock started.

It nearly was the last time the Wolfpack had the lead.

For the second time in a week, North Augusta (7-2) delivered a blowout loss to Greenbrier (2-6).

The 61-42 win Friday nearly matched the 68-42 victory the Yellow Jackets scored Dec. 10 against the Wolfpack.

The game started slow, with neither team reaching double digit scores at the end of the first.

Then, North Augusta’s aggressive man-to-man defense overwhelmed Greenbrier, producing multiple blocked shots and steals the Jackets converted into 25 points in the second quarter to end the half with a 32-14 lead.

Greenbrier followed the lead of North Augusta’s defense in the second half, playing a full-court press for much of the remainder of the game.

But the Wolfpack’s tenacity on defense seemed to dissipate once they had the ball.

Down by nearly 20 points with little time left on the clock, Greenbrier often failed to penetrate the zone defense North Augusta hunkered into to protect its lead.

Greenbrier didn’t manage to sink a single basket in the final two minutes.

With just 1:30 left, the Jackets went on a six-point tear that included a T.J. Sheppard dunk following a full-court pass.

The Greenbrier girls, though, nearly avenged the loss they suffered at the hands of North Augusta the week before.

Behind on points since the middle of the first period, the Wolfpack (2-6) managed to close the deficit to just a point halfway through the fourth.

But North Augusta fended off the rally for a 59-55 win.

At no point during the matchup was Greenbrier more than seven points behind the Yellow Jackets. Also at no point did they ever take the lead after taking the first five points to start the game.

At the 4:24 mark in the fourth, Greenbrier’s KaRa Thompson sunk a 3-pointer to close the score to 43-42.

North Augusta’s Jasmine Coach immediately answered with a 3-pointer of her own and the Wolfpack never got that close again.

OTHER GAMES

Greenbrier

The Wolfpack boys took revenge for their Friday loss with an overtime victory on Saturday against a different Aiken County school.

The Wolfpack beat Aiken High 53-49 after heading into overtime tied at 45. Senior forward Thomas Brown shot a game high 18 points in that contest.

The Greenbrier girls also took Aiken to overtime on Saturday in a high-scoring matchup, but didn’t fare as well as the boys.

They lost 67-65.

Augusta Christian

The boys and girls both notched blowout victories on Friday against Fox Creek.

The boys won 82-56 to go to 8-2 on the season.

Sophomore Nick Fortenberry accounted for 21 of the Lions’ points, but the game-high scorer was Fox Creek’s Devante Curry with 25.

Curry and Quadie Casselberry accounted for all but eight of Fox Creek’s points.

Augusta Christian had five players hit double digits in points.

The Lady Lions won 48-23 to boost their undefeated streak to 9-0.

Christian’s Sha’Toria Dent knocked down 12 points with Anna Motes close behind with 11. Six of Motes points came on two 3-pointers. Amaura Brandt racked up nine points in that game, all from behind the 3-point line.

Lakeside

In the Lincoln County Christmas Tournament, the Lakeside girls lost 58-43 to Washington-Wilkes.

A disastrous first half kept Lakeside from competing against Washington-Wilkes. They scored just 11 to their opponent’s 29.

However, the Panthers were competitive in the second half, outscoring Washington-Wilkes 32-28.

Harlem

Freshman guard Reggie Reid led the way with 25 points for the Bulldogs in their 64-42 win Saturday over Glascock County.

Harlem lead Glascock in every period, including a 23-point tear in the second period.

The Dogs dropped 11 3-pointers in that game, including three from Reid and three from Alonzo Hill.

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