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Evans High opens region play with pair of wins

Posted: January 11, 2012 - 12:07am  |  Updated: January 11, 2012 - 4:23am
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Roberto Gonzalez makes a three-point shot from the corner against the Rebels of Effingham County. The Rebels won 55-32.   Special Photo by Gilbert Miller
Special Photo by Gilbert Miller
Roberto Gonzalez makes a three-point shot from the corner against the Rebels of Effingham County. The Rebels won 55-32.

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Evans High opened region play in basketball Friday with a pair of wins against Greenbrier.

Evans (9-5, 1-0) quickly took the lead to start the game and never relinquished it, finishing with a 53-42 victory.

The Knights finished the first period with a six-point lead but Greenbrier (5-8, 0-1) closed the gap to four to end the half.

But it was in the second half that it all started to go wrong for the Wolfpack.

Evans put up nine unanswered points before Greenbrier finally countered with a 3-pointer from Delano Hulse with just three minutes left in the third period.

In all, the Knights outscored the Wolfpack 15-7 in the third quarter.

Much of that was due to Evans’ switch from a zone to a man-to-man defense that generated numerous steals, mostly from guard Myles McDavid, who put up 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. But it was Damon Foreman who led Evans with 15 points.

The Lady Knights’ 46-41 win against Greenbrier was due to their dominance on the boards.

Evans generated 14 points off offensive rebounds. Four of those points came in the first half when Evans twice missed at least four consecutive shots only to keep getting the rebound and eventually the basket.

“In the past three games we’ve been getting killed beneath the boards,” Evans girls coach Ryan Morningstar said following the game. “That’s something we really worked on hard this week – getting under there and getting those rebounds.”

The Knights also took most of the defensive rebounds, as Greenbrier (3-10, 0-1) seemed unable to penetrate Evan’s 3-2 zone for much of the game. More than half of the Lady Wolfpack’s 17 points in the first half came on free throws and jump shots.

Morningstar said the win gave his team a big confidence boost at just the right time.

“We’ve had some tough, close losses lately, but against some really good teams,” he said. “I think those losses helped us. It got us ready for the win when it really counted.”

 

IN OTHER GAMES:

• Lakeside split games Friday against Effingham County.

The boys fell 55-32. The girls game went down to the wire, with Lakeside winning 43-42.

The Lady Panthers finished the first period tied at 8, but then fell behind by two points in the second. They recovered those points and one more in the third before tying again in the fourth.

Cassie Bryant and Bria Baker each put up 14 points in the matchup.

The Lakeside boys couldn’t seem to generate much of an offense throughout the game, never reaching double-digit scoring in any period.

Mark Weidenaar and Sam Powell led the scoring for the Panthers with just eight points each.

• Harlem High boys routed region and county rival Grovetown on Friday 62-33.

The Bulldogs’ sophomore sensation, Reggie Reid, led the scoring with 23 points.

The Warriors started off badly as Harlem hung 23 points on them in the first period while Grovetown managed just four.

Grovetown led the scoring in the third period 12-5, but any hopes of a rally were dashed in the fourth when Harlem retaliated with 18 points to the Warriors’ seven.

Highlights from the Grovetown-Harlem girls game weren’t immediately available.

• Augusta Christian split wins Friday, with the girls beating Curtis Baptist 65-39 but the boys falling 80-73.

The girls game started off tough for Curtis Baptist, which managed just one point in the first period. By the fourth, though, Curtis Baptist outscored Augusta Christian 21-13, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome the Lions’ tandem of Shatoria Dent and Anna Motes, who put up 19 and 12 points, respectively.

For the Augusta Christian boys, they equaled the 18 and 21 points Curtis Baptist scored in the second and fourth periods, respectively, and the Lions were just a single point off the 22 points Curtis put up in the third. But Augusta Christian let Curtis jump to a six-point lead in the first period and they just couldn’t catch them.

• In other private school action last weekend, the Augusta Prep boys had a solid outing against Trinity Christian, winning 48-17.

The Prep defense held Trinity Christian to just single-digit score in the first, third and fourth periods. The Cavaliers held Trinity Christian scoreless in the second period.

Nate Pylant led the scoring for Prep with 16.

The Lady Cavaliers also won 44-38 against Trinity Christian.

After going down 13-4 in the first period, Prep rallied to outscore Christian in every subsequent period, including 21-11 in the fourth.

Amanda Murphy and Jamie Alexander lead the scoring with 14 points each.

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