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Evans girls scores comeback win over Greenbrier

Posted: January 29, 2012 - 1:03am
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Photos by Jim Blaylock   Evans' Isaac Patrick (left) tries to strip the ball from Greenbrier's Thomas Brown in the second quarter. The Knights beat the Wolfpack, 49-45.  Photos by Jim Blaylock  
Evans' Isaac Patrick (left) tries to strip the ball from Greenbrier's Thomas Brown in the second quarter. The Knights beat the Wolfpack, 49-45.
Photos by Jim Blaylock Evans' Isaac Patrick (left) tries to strip the ball from Greenbrier's Thomas Brown in the second quarter. The Knights beat the Wolfpack, 49-45.
Photos by Jim Blaylock Evans' Isaac Patrick (left) tries to strip the ball from Greenbrier's Thomas Brown in the second quarter. The Knights beat the Wolfpack, 49-45.

In 45 seconds Tuesday, Evans High’s Allysha McFarland snapped her team’s five-game losing streak, swept a Columbia County rival for the season, orchestrated a comeback victory and gave her struggling team renewed hope.

Down 25-35 to Green­brier (4-16, 0-6) as the fourth period started, McFarland scored 11 points, with seven coming in the final minute of the game, to lead Evans to a 42-39 win.

With 45 seconds left on the clock, she nailed a jump shot to close the gap to two points. Twenty-five seconds later, she went 2 for 2 at the free-throw line to tie the game at 39-all.

Then, with just nine seconds left, McFarland nailed a jumper from 3-point range to cap the Lady Knights
(10-11, 2-4) Region 2-AAAA win and give them the lead for the first time.

“Allysha really put the team on her back in those final seconds,” said Evans girls head basketball coach Ryan Morningstar.

Greenbrier took the early advantage, and by the end of the half had built up an 11-point lead.

In the third, the teams kept pace with each other, until McFarland started to catch fire in the fourth.

“It would have been easy for them (Evans) to just hang their heads, and they had started to do that, pointing fingers at each other for mistakes,” Morningstar said. “But to win like this, in those last seconds, showed them a lot, I think. It showed them playing hard, not giving up, yields good things.”

The Evans boys won as well in a hard-fought 49-45 victory over the Wolfpack.

The game featured seven lead changes in the first half, but Evans (13-7, 5-1) entered the second half ahead 22-20 and never again lost the lead.

Evans’ Myles McDavid put up 18 points in the game, including three first-half 3-pointers.

Like the girls, the game produced a season sweep of the Wolfpack (8-12, 2-4), who extended their losing streak to four.

IN OTHER GAMES

• Harlem and Grovetown split wins on Tuesday: the Grovetown girls won 44-20 and the Harlem boys won 57-48 in the Region 3-AAA contests.

Heading into the half, the Harlem boys (9-11, 2-4) were ahead 28-17. But Grovetown (5-13, 0-5) outscored the Bulldogs by 10 points in the third period to close the gap to just a point.

But Harlem regained control in the final quarter, putting up 17 points to the Warriors’ 9.

Reggie Reid scored 30 points in the Bulldogs win.

The Harlem girls’ tough season continued, adding a fifth game to their losing streak and remaining winless in the region.

Harlem (3-17, 0-6) did manage to outscore Grovetown (15-6, 3-3) in the second period, but they put up only three points to the Lady Warriors’ two.

In every other period, Grovetown scored in the double digits, while the Lady Bulldogs never scored more than six.

• Lakeside also split wins Tuesday in a non-region matchup against Washington-Wilkes. The boys won 72-52 and the girls lost 54-47.

Lakeside boys (10-10, 1-4) dominated in the first three periods. Though they lost some ground in the fourth, it wasn’t enough for Washington-Wilkes to overcome the 20-point deficit.

The Lakeside girls (9-9, 3-2) trailed by only a point at halftime, but then allowed Washington-Wilkes to hang 16 points on them in the third quarter while they put up just five. Though the Lady Panthers played better in the fourth, it wasn’t enough.

• Augusta Christian’s boys and girls teams defeated Alleluia on Tuesday in blowouts.

The Lady Lions (17-4) won 61-20 in a game in which Amaura Brandt put up 12 points all with 3-pointers.

Nick Fortenberry scored 20 points in the boys game to improve the Lions record to 10-12. Fifteen of Fortenberry’s points came from 3-point range.

• Augusta Prep’s teams suffered losses Tuesday to area rival Westminster.

The boys lost 48-38 while the girls lost 50-33.

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