Columbia County’s high school basketball season came to an end Friday night.
The Evans girls lost to Hardaway, 62-53, in the second round of the 2012-2013 Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA Girls State Basketball Tournament, while Augusta Christian’s boys fell to Hammond, 63-55, in the semifinals of the 2013 South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA Boys Tournament.
A slow start doomed the Lions (20-6) who were outscored 14-5 in the first period.
“We played hard and I’m proud of the guys and their effort,” said Lions head coach Marty Griffin. “At the end we cut it to four, but we just couldn’t get some buckets to fall and then we had to foul.”
Nick Fortenberry hit five 3-pointers and led the Lions with 22 points, while Ashton Roper chipped in with 12.
Griffin was happy with his team’s tough play all season.
“I loved how we competed that way all year and that translated into 20 wins,” said Griffin. “It’s been a while since we’ve done that.”
Evans trailed by one at halftime but were outscored 25-9 in the third period. They outscored Hardaway 16-8 in the final stanza, but it wasn’t enough.
Jasmine Stone led the Lady Knights (19-9) with 17 points, Autumn Johnson had 11 and Isha Goldbold finished with 10.
“Reflecting on it, we had a great season,” said Evans head coach Ryan Morningstar. “The girls did a great job.”