Tuesday was a banner night for Evans High School.
The Knights beat Grovetown 58-45, clinching first place in Region 2A-AAAAA and giving head coach Kevin Kenny his 300th career win in the process. The Lady Knights’ 55-44 win over the Lady Warriors put them in first place in the sub-region.
Kenny, in his 20th year as a high school coach – the first four were with Hephzibah – said the 300th win was a nice personal accomplishment but that it meant more than that.
“Clinching the region was the biggest thing,” said Kenny, whose team improved to 18-4, 6-0 sub-region. “It was a great team effort and we definitely got a lot of contributions from a lot of kids.”
Nine different Knights got into the scoring column, led by K’Lon Lovett, who scored 11 of his game-high 16 points in the first half. Matt Epps took over for Lovett in the second half, scoring 12 of his 14 points. Jacob Buchanan chipped in 11 points.
The Knights jumped out to a six-point halftime lead and that would be as close as the Warriors (7-15, 2-4) would get the rest of the way.
The Warriors got to the free-throw line often, but hurt themselves by converting just seven of 21 attempts. Brandon Scott led the Warriors with 13 points, while Solomon Gause added 10.
In the end, Kenny took satisfaction with the win for different reasons.
“Three hundred is a special mark especially because I get to share it with (assistant coach) Roy Peake who’s been with me for all of them,” Kenny said. “A lot of kids have come through all the years and helped contribute to it.”
With Greenbrier’s 50-42 loss to Lakeside (9-13, 1-5), the Lady Knights (13-7, 5-1) took sole possession of the sub-region heading into Friday night’s showdown with the Lady Wolfpack (14-6, 4-2).
It took the Lady Knights a while to get warmed up, but head coach Ryan Morningstar wasn’t worried.
“We weren’t hitting shots early, but we stayed confident and didn’t force things,” Morningstar said. “Once we scored, the press helped us.”
The Lady Knights’ full-court press turned a 6-4 deficit into a 16-8 lead heading into the second quarter and they went from there.
Jasmine Stone led the Lady Knights with 19 points, Elyssa Melton had 14 and Allysha McFarland added 10.
“I thought we had some defensive lapses in the first half that hurt us, but we played better on both ends in the second,” said Lady Warriors head coach Jamie Echols.
Leah Ferguson had 17 points for the Lady Warriors (13-8, 2-4) and Tiara Ramey added 11.