Heading into the final three games of high school basketball’s regular season, there is still much to be decided.
While the Evans boys clinched first place in Region 2A-AAAAA with its win against Grovetown Tuesday night, first place on the girls side is still up in the air.
Friday, Feb. 1 will go a long way in resolving that when Greenbrier and Evans square off at Greenbrier beginning at 7 p.m. in the rubber match of the three-game series.
Evans is currently atop the standings with a 13-7 record, 5-1 in the sub-region, while the Lady Wolfpack enter at 15-6, 4-2 following its 50-42 loss to Lakeside Tuesday night.
The Lady Knights would clinch the sub-region with a win Friday, holding a two-game lead with two to play and the tiebreaker over the Lady Wolfpack, and can finish no worse than second.
The Lady Wolfpack can take over first place with a win Friday night, holding the tiebreaker over the Lady Knights, but would potentially have to win its remaining two games against Grovetown and Lakeside to clinch the top spot heading into the region tournament.
The previous two games were tight affairs with each team winning on the others court.
January 11, the Lady Wolfpack saw a 13-point lead evaporate in the game’s final 2:40 with Evans’ Allysha McFarland hitting a game-winning 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to give the Lady Knights a 47-46 win.
McFarland and Jasmine Stone highlight the biggest difference between the two squads. The Lady Wolfpack have made 12 3-pointers as a team while the Evans duo has each sank 36 from behind the arc. Stone leads the Lady Knights at 18.8 points and 2.7 steals-per-game while McFarland averages 15.9 points-per-game and leads the team handing out 4.4 assists-per-game. Elyssa Melton is tops on the team with 7.5 rebounds and 3.4 steals-per-game.
The Lady Wolfpack returned the favor 11 days later, coming back from a four-point deficit starting the fourth quarter, winning 58-54.
Sophomore Morgan Taylor leads the Lady Wolfpack with 11.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 6.4 steals-per-game. Mallory Myers leads the team averaging 4 assists-per-game.