With perfect records and crosstown bragging rights on the line, the Augusta Prep Lady Cavaliers and Augusta Christian Lions came away with wins Saturday.
The Lady Cavaliers outscored the Lady Lions 13-4 in the final period for the 40-30 win, improving to 9-0. It was a repeat of their performance at Augusta Prep’s Garden City Classic tournament final Dec. 1, when the Lady Cavaliers used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from the Lady Lions and take the tournament title.
“We hit some big shots when needed,” said Lady Cavaliers head coach Myran Hunt.
Playing with a broken nose and her right shoulder heavily wrapped, Lady Cavaliers point guard Amanda Murphy gutted it out and led the way with a game-high 19 points.
Down 12-7 after one, the Lady Lions switched to a zone defense and tied the game at 19 at the half. Center Caroline Roberson scored six of her 11 points in the quarter.
Leading 27-26 at the end of the third period, Murphy set the tone for the rest of the game early in the fourth with a steal and coast-to-coast layup. She then grabbed a defensive rebound and went the distance for another layup as the lead increased to 31-26.
When the Lady Lions (4-5) closed to 31-28, Katie Murphy buried a 3-pointer to bring the lead to 34-28. Amanda Murphy stretched the court in the four corners offense and found Leila Woodhurst (10 points) for easy baskets down the stretch.
Kymmya Thomas hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 12 points for the Lady Cavaliers.
On the boys side, the Lions started out hot from behind the arc, built a 44-20 halftime lead and cruised to a 76-44 win over the Cavaliers, running its record to 9-0.
Ashton Roper led the Lions with 19 points, and a layup to start the third period marked his first points from inside the 3-point line.
In the first half, Roper connected on his first three 3-pointers as the Lions took a 9-6 lead, sparking an 18-0 run. He was five-of-seven from behind the arc for the half and did not attempt a 3-pointer in the second half.
“Roper hit some big shots for us at the beginning and he got us going,” Lions head coach Marty Griffin said.
By the end of the contest, both teams were working on things for the future.
“This wasn’t our best day,” said Cavaliers head coach Mike Guthrie. “We were practicing our trap out there at the end.”
The Lions’ leading scorer entering the game, Nick Fortenberry scored seven points, nine under his season average, but was busy getting his teammates involved and finished with six assists. Ashton Grant and K.J. Armour chipped in with 12 points apiece.
Michael Downing tried to keep the Cavaliers (4-4) in the game, scoring a game-high 24 points.