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Knights drop rival, extend streak to 3

Posted: January 18, 2012 - 12:04am  |  Updated: January 18, 2012 - 4:04am
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Lakeside's Chris Hall squeezes between Evans' Myles McDavid (left) and Matt Epps. The Knights beat the Panthers 80-60 to extend their winning streak.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Lakeside's Chris Hall squeezes between Evans' Myles McDavid (left) and Matt Epps. The Knights beat the Panthers 80-60 to extend their winning streak.

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Evans High extended its Region 2-AAAA winning streak to three games 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 coming off turnovers by Lakeside (8-9, 0-3).

Evans maintained the 17-point lead at the end of the third and it proved too much for the Panthers to overcome.

McDavid finished with 23 points to lead Evans, followed by 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 give Evans the lead again. Then Pitock and Rosalyan Talley sank 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 of two free throws for the win.

“They scraped, they fought, the competed,” Hilley said. “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.”

 

IN OTHER GAMES

• As in the Lakeside game, the Grovetown girls barely edged Josey on Friday for a 40-38 win.

Though the Lady Warriors (14-4)led the scoring in the first period, they fell behind 22-18 at the half. They caught up a point in the third, and regained the lead in the fourth.

Malia Kency led the scoring in that game with 15, but Dimara Thomas ruled the court in a 47-38 win over Silver Bluff.

Thomas put up 24 points in that contest.

The Warriors posted a huge 25-7 lead in the first period, which cushioned a disastrous 3-15 second quarter. They also fell behind in the third, but rallied with 10 points in the fourth to Silver Bluff’s six.

The Grovetown boys (5-13) were routed in both Friday and Saturday games, losing 66-44 to Josey and 68-45 to Silver Bluff.

• The Harlem boys also put up just 44 points in a loss Friday to Richmond Academy.

Harlem (8-9, 1-2) exited the first period tied at 14, but fell behind by eight points entering the second half. The Bulldogs outscored ARC in the third, but then put up just five points in the final period.

The Harlem girls followed with a 52-12 loss to Richmond Academy.

• The Augusta Prep girls and boys split wins Friday against Pinewood Christian.

In the boys game, the Cavaliers (6-12) lost 45-42.

Prep led by a point entering the fourth period, but then put up just six to Pinewood’s 10 points.

In the girls game, Prep (13-5) took an immediate lead and never let it go.

Katie and Amanda Murphy hit 13 and 11 points, respectively, in the matchup.

• Cardinal Newman trounced the Augusta Christian boys 70-48 on Friday.

Though Christian (8-10) nearly kept pace with Cardinal Newman in the second and third periods, the Lions were done in with poor showings at the start and end of the game.

• Coming off an emotional region win against Lakeside, the Greenbrier boys beat South Effingham 73-45 Friday to even their record at 8-8.

The Wolfpack, though holding the lead through the first half, blew it open in the second. They scored 24 points in the third and followed it with 20 more in the fourth period.

Greenbrier big man Thomas Brown had 19 points to lead the scoring.

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