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Region basketball action continues

Posted: February 8, 2012 - 12:09am
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Jim Blaylock/staff Evans' Isha Godbold charges for thge basket as Effingham County's Mattie Evans tries to intercept. Effingham County won 36-32.  JIM BLAYLOCK
Jim Blaylock/staff Evans' Isha Godbold charges for thge basket as Effingham County's Mattie Evans tries to intercept. Effingham County won 36-32.

With the end of the regular season approaching, both the Evans boys and girls teams hoped to solidify their standings in Region 2-AAAA. On Senior Night at home, both squads put up a good fight but fell short in the end.

The Evans boys faced a tall task going against an Effingham County squad that entered with a 20-1 overall record, 8-0 in the region, having defeated the Knights by 43 points in their previous meeting.

The Knights (14-10,6-3) missed some opportunities late and scored just five fourth-period points, losing 53-41.

“We had some turnovers at the wrong time and missed some layups that could have kept us in the game,” said Knights head coach Kevin Kenny of the final period.

Damion Foreman led the Knights with a game-high 17 points while Tyler Moore chipped in with 12.

The teams traded body shots throughout the contest. The Knights used a 15-2 run early to take a 19-9 lead, but the Rebels battled back to close within 24-23 at the half.

At the end of the third period, 6-foot-7 center Jakeenan Gant dunked twice to give the Rebels a 39-36 lead. They carried the momentum into the fourth period and the Knights could get no closer than 41-39.

The Evans girls led up to the end of the third quarter when the Lady Rebels tied the score at 26. The Lady Rebels scored the first four points of the fourth quarter and never looked back, winning 36-32.

The Lady Knights (12-12, 3-6) limited the Lady Rebels to just one shot each trip in the early stages, but the Lady Rebels (12-9, 5-4) upped the pressure in the second half, with turnovers taking a toll on the Lady Knights.

Jakayvea Akins led the Lady Rebels, scoring all of her 10 points in the second half.

Jasmine Stone paced the Lady Knights with a game-high 11 points.

“I’m proud of the kids and their hard work. It would have been nice to get a win on senior night,” said Lady Knights head coach Ryan Morningstar.

Boys Basketball

Effingham County 53,

Evans 41

Effingham County (53) - Jordan Brown 9, Jay Wright 12, Jakeel Bartley 2, TJ Rines 4, Jakeenan Gant 16, Demontrez Austin 7, TJ Johnson 2, Ryan Wilkins, 1.

Totals; 20 12-17 53

Evans (41) - Damion Foreman 17, Tyler Moore 12, Myles McDavid 4, Jerius Hill 4, Jacob Buchanan 2, Matt Epps 2.

Totals:17 4-6 41

Effingham County 9 14 16 14 - 53

Evans 15 9 12 5 - 41

3-point goals: Effingham County 1 (Brown) Evans 3 (Moore 2, Foreman)

Record Evans: 14-10, 6-3 in Region 2-AAAA

Next: Evans at South Effingham, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Girls Basketball

Effingham County 36,

Evans 32

Effingham County (36) - Kyesha Lewis 7, Suzannah Stone 4, Aby Youmans 2, Evelina Hickman 4, Jakayvea Akins 10, Machala Raymonville 7, Makayla Brooks 2.

Totals; 14 7-16 36

Evans (32) - Jasmine Stone 11, Taylor McChesney 6, Allysha McFarland 6, Ellyssa Melton 6, Kiki Battle 2, Shelli Williams 1.

Totals:15 1-5 32

Effingham County 3 9 14 10 - 36

Evans 10 6 10 6 - 32

3-point goals: Effingham County 1 (Raymonville) Evans 1 (Stone)

Record Evans: 12-12, 3-6 in Region 2-AAAA

Next: Evans at South Effingham, 6 p.m. Friday


In boys Region 3-AAA action, first-place Westside defeated Harlem 76-56. The Bulldogs (9-14, 2-8) received another strong outing from the duo of Alonzo Hill and Reggie Reid, who accounted for 80 percent of the team’s points, scoring 24 and 21, respectively. Westside (15-6, 7-2) hurt the Bulldogs from long range, sinking nine 3-pointers. Frank Booker connected on six treys and had a game-high 20 points, followed by Ronald Campbell’s 19. Harlem finishes its regular season Friday night at Lincoln County.

Grovetown remained winless in the region as the Warriors were toppled at home 54-30 by Richmond Academy. ARC (11-10) was consistent throughout the game, scoring 15 points in three of the four periods. The Musketeers had no players in double figures. Will Jones led with eight points and three others had seven points. The Warriors (5-17, 0-9) could muster just 10 first-half points and were led by CJ Cooper’s 12.

In South Carolina Independent School Association play, Augusta Christian held on for a 59-55 win over Hammond. Leading 42-40 after three periods, Augusta Christian (11-4, 2-5) outscored Hammond 17-14 to seal the victory. They connected from behind the arc six times. Nick Fortenberry had two from the outside and led the team with 16 points, while Chris Smoak-Brown had three treys and chipped in with 11 points. Seventh Woods had a game-high 20 points for Hammond.

In girls Region 2-AAAA play, South Effingham defeated Greenbrier 75-35. South Effingham had four players in double figures, led by Tianna Germain’s 25 points. Dionna Hartfield had 17 points, Hannah Anderson added 15 points and Amy Jamison had 12. For Greenbrier, Jennifer McMahan had a team-high nine points. In girls Region 3-AAA play, Grovetown topped Richmond Academy 69-40. Malia Kency almost outscored ARC as she had four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 32 points for the Lady Warriors, who improved to 16-8, 4-5. The game was close (17-13) after one period, but the Lady Warriors outscored ARC 22-11 in the second period to break it open. Heaven Gary contributed 12 points to the Lady Warriors’ effort, while ARC (6-15, 3-6) was led by Aleisha Merriweather’s 10 points.

In South Carolina Independent School Association play, Augusta Christian raced to a 46-19 halftime lead and went on to defeat Hammond 77-48. The Lady Lions (18-6) knocked down eight 3-pointers in the win. Amaura Brandt led all scorers with 18 points, Tori Lewis pitched in with 15 while Anna Motes and Shatoria Dent each had 13 points. Amelia Green led Hammond with 11 points and Caroline Penland had 10.


• At the Georgia Independent School Association swimming championships in Atlanta, Augusta Prep won its fourth consecutive boys title. Austin Chung and Edward Dennis won individual titles in the 200-meter individual medley relay and 100-meter butterfly, respectively. Chung was also part of the winning 200-meter medley relay team along with Jacob Burr, John Earwood and Nick Parker.

• Augusta Christian wrestlers Alex Strother and Jabari Odom claimed crowns at the South Carolina Independent School Association Wrestling Championships. Strother took the 170-pound title while Odom was victorious in the 182-pound class. Caleb Westergreen (132), William Wolf (195), and Chad Sweeting were all second-place finishers.

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