Evans High extended its three-game undefeated streak in Region 2-AAAA with an 80-60 win Friday over county rival Lakeside.
The first period was the Myles McDavid show with the Evans guard putting up 11 points to give the Knights (11-5, 3-0) a 12-point edge.
That lead was extended to 17 by the end of the half with six Evans players hitting baskets, most often off Lakeside (8-9, 0-3) turnovers.
Evans maintained the 17-point lead at the end of the third and it proved too much for the Panthers to overcome.
McDavid ended the game with 23 points followed by Evans post player Jacob Buchanan with 17.
The girls offered much more thrills with the Lady Panthers pulling off a fourth period comeback to beat the Lady Knights 41-40.
For 29 minutes, Evans (9-8, 1-2) held the lead, then Lakeside (8-6, 3-0) guard Kirsten Pitock hit back-to-back 3-pointers to gain the advantage at 37-36 with just three minutes left to play.
“After she hit those 3-pointers, the entire momentum of the game changed,” said Lakeside girls basketball coach Jody Hilley. “You could just feel that they were not going to let this one slip away.”
However, with 2:09 left, the Knights’ Taylor McChesney hit a lay-up to regain Evans the lead. Then Pitock and Rosalyan Talley sunk three from the free-throw line to push the score to 40-38.
But Evans’ Allysha McFarland tied the game with a pair of free-throws with just 12.6 seconds on the clock.
Just seconds later though, McFarland fouled Lakeside guard Bria Baker, who hit one for two to finish the game for the win.
“They scraped, they fought, the competed,” Hilley said of the hair-greying win. “We’ve had trouble lately with getting turnovers only to turn it right back over. But tonight they held onto the ball and converted those turnovers into points.”