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.”