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Grovetown suffers big loss to ARC

Posted: January 22, 2012 - 1:06am  |  Updated: January 22, 2012 - 6:18am
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Grovetown's Malia Kency (left) steals the ball from a Richmond Academy player late in their game. Richmond Academy still won 47-44.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Grovetown's Malia Kency (left) steals the ball from a Richmond Academy player late in their game. Richmond Academy still won 47-44.

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With a last-second dunk Tuesday, Richmond Academy’s DiQuan Washington punctuated a 68-46 blowout win over Grovetown High.

It was just the kind of end Richmond Academy coach Steve Nobles said his team needed.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Grovetown, they’re a young team, but we’ve been having trouble finishing games and we needed this kind of finish,” Nobles said. “We needed to show what we can do when we play with some consistency on offense and defense.”

For Grovetown (5-15, 0-4), the loss extended a losing streak to four games and kept the team winless in Region 3-AAA as of Tuesday.

The Warriors initially managed to keep it close, down by just five points at halftime.

Richmond Academy (8-7, 3-1) guard Jonathan Bradley nearly broke the game open early. In the first four minutes, he put up eight points, including a four-point play when he was fouled while sinking a 3-pointer.

Bradley added four more, including a fast-break layup off a steal, before the period ended with Richmond Academy ahead 19-16.

Grovetown’s C.J. Cooper helped keep the score close in the first with eight points, including a basket off a steal, with Khallid Wright adding seven more.

Cooper opened the second period with another steal he turned into a basket. It soon was followed with a layup he drove in through traffic to close the scoring gap to just a point.

After the second layup, Grovetown coach Bill Madigan sat Cooper to give him a rest. During the breather, Richmond Academy extended its lead to nine points.

With 1:32 left to play in the half, Cooper returned to the court and immediately stole the ball and turned it into two. He followed that with a 3-pointer.

But Cooper’s return couldn’t halt the damage inflicted upon the Warriors by Marcus Walden. He hit two turn-around jumpers, two layups and added two points from the free-throw line in the second quarter.

Walden added six more in a low-scoring third period to extend Richmond Academy’s lead to 10.

Grovetown seemed to have no answer for Walden, as when he drove for one of those third-period layups uncontested past three defenders.

Walden added five more points in the fourth for 19 points in all. Bradley led the ARC scoring with 20. Grovetown’s Cooper finished with 21 points.

In the fourth quarter, Grovetown seemingly resigned themselves to defeat, adding just 11 points as Richmond Academy harassed the Warriors in a man-to-man defense.

That aggressive defense led to 23 points, including two dunks, in the final period.

 

IN OTHER GAMES

• The Grovetown girls lost 47-44 on Tuesday to Richmond Academy.

Though the Lady Warriors (14-5, 2-2) outscored ARC by seven in the fourth period, it wasn’t enough to come back from a tough first half.

Grovetown point guard Malia Kency led the scoring with 15 points.

• The Augusta Christian girls (14-4, 1-2) fared better Tuesday with a 69-44 win over Hammond.

The Lady Lions put up double-digit totals in every period, and outscored Hammond in all but the fourth.

Christian’s Amaura Brandt led the scoring with 17, including three 3-pointers.

Augusta Christian’s boys (8-11, 0-3) didn’t do as well, losing 52-42 to Hammond.

The Lions led 17-15 at the half, but Hammond managed to tie the game by the end of the third period. In the fourth, it fell apart for the Lions as they were outscored by 10 points.

• The Augusta Prep boys also lost Tuesday, 46-35 to Bulloch Academy.

Like Augusta Christian, Prep (6-12) led at the half with a 21-12 score. But the Cavaliers put up zero in the third while Bulloch downed 14. Bulloch again outpaced Prep in the fourth to put the game out of reach.

However, the Augusta Prep girls (14-5) beat Bulloch 61-54.

Prep’s Amanda Murphy had 26 points in the contest.

• Both Harlem High teams lost Tuesday.

The Lady Bulldogs lost
56-15 to Westside. Harlem (3-15, 0-4) never put up more than five points in the four quarters.

The Harlem boys (8-10, 1-3) lost 76-58. Still, Harlem’s Reggie Reid put up 24 points in the game to lead the scoring.

• The Greenbrier girls also suffered through a tough night Tuesday, losing 60-42 to Statesboro.

The loss leaves Greenbrier (3-14) winless in Region 2-AAAA after four games.

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