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Prep girls, Christians boys win tournament

Posted: December 5, 2012 - 1:08am
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Augusta Christian's Ashton Grant scores on a layup and draws a foul from Curtis Baptist's Trent Swanson during the Garden City Classic.
Augusta Christian's Ashton Grant scores on a layup and draws a foul from Curtis Baptist's Trent Swanson during the Garden City Classic.

The Augusta Christian boys and Augusta Prep girls were the big winners at Augusta Prep’s 2012 Garden City Classic basketball tournament.

The Lions (5-0) beat Curtis Baptist 94-86 Thursday, took care of Fox Creek 73-42 on Friday and took the tournament title with a 77-70 overtime win against Dominion Christian on Saturday.

In the final, Nick Fortenberry led the Lions with 16 points, but his best performance came in the tournament’s opening round.

Fortenberry accounted for nine of the team’s 13 3-pointers, scoring a game-high 33 points.

The Lions trailed Curtis Baptist 20-11 with 1:39 left in the first period when Fortenberry started to go to work. He sank the first of three 3-pointers, sparking a 17-4 run and giving the Lions a 28-24 lead with 6:05 left in the half.

“The first three minutes we weren’t scoring,” Fortenberry said. “I came off the bench and I wanted to get the team going.”

Nine different players scored for the Lions. Ashton Grant was the only other Lion in double figures with 23 points.

The Lady Cavaliers (7-0) throttled Thomas Sumter 53-26 on Thursday, beat Westminster 36-19 on Friday and finished off Augusta Christian 37-29 on Saturday.

In the championship game Katie Murphy led the Lady Cavaliers with 12 points while Anna Moates led the Lady Lions with 10 points.

In the Lady Cavaliers’ tournament opener, the team jumped out to a 16-2 first-period lead over the Thomas Sumter Lady Generals and never looked back.

“We played really good defense and were able to get a lot of younger girls in the game,” said Lady Cavaliers head coach Myran Hunt. “Overall, I’m happy with the performance.”

The Lady Cavaliers were led by point guard Amanda Murphy, who finished with a game-high 17 points with nine other players ending up in the scoring column.

In the tournament opener for the Augusta Prep boys, the Cavaliers (3-3) outscored Wardlaw Academy 22-8 in the final period to win 59-42.

Ben Guthrie sank a three-pointer as time expired at the end of the third period to give the Cavaliers a 37-34 lead. Michael Downing scored the first five points of the final period in less than a minute.

Downing led the Patriots with 16 points while Caleb Lifsey and Rafay Chaudray each chipped in with 13 points.

The Cavaliers lost to Dominion Christian 52-49 and fell to Fox Creek 55-46 to take fourth place.

The Lady Lions first beat Fox Creek 60-17 and advanced to the championship game with a 49-35 win over Curtis Baptist.

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