Round one of three went to the Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack Tuesday night.
On the road against Evans, the Lady Wolfpack beat the Lady Knights 55-44, in both teams’ Region 2A-AAAAA opener.
After playing three nail-biters against the Lady Knights a year ago, the Lady Wolfpack ensured that would not be the case.
Behind the hot shooting of Jennifer McMahan, the Lady Wolfpack jumped out to a 16-6 first-quarter lead and led 33-22 at the break, at which point McMahan had scored 20 points. She would finish with a game-high 24 points while sinking five 3-pointers.
“I wanted to come out and set the tone for my team and luckily they went in,” said McMahan of her shots. “The first quarter set the tone for the game and they had to play from behind instead of us playing from behind, which is good.”
Lady Wolfpack (11-3, 1-0) coach Stefanie Basinger liked what she saw from McMahan and the rest of her team.
“She’s (McMahan) been shooting well all season, scoring consistently, but we’ve got a lot of scorers on the floor and that certainly helps us,” Basinger said.
In the second half it was Destiny Marshall’s turn for the Lady Wolfpack as she scored 14 of her 15 points.
The Lady Knights (9-3, 0-1) played the Lady Wolfpack to a draw in the second half and were led by Jasmine Stone’s 18 points while McKenna Lawrence added 13.
“They’ve got a great coach, they’ve got a great team and they battled, but I think we had our chances tonight,” said Lady Knights coach Ryan Morningstar. “We missed several shot opportunities we normally hit. Tonight they just didn’t fall. We’re not a team with a lot of depth – we’ve got eight, nine girls – and when you have four with four fouls, that changes your game plan tremendously.”
The Lady Wolfpack especially took advantage of their opportunities from the charity stripe, sinking 16-of-22 attempts while the Lady Knights converted just 8-of-18 chances.
Even with the win, Basinger knows that it is a long season. “It’s still too early to call anything and I know they’re going to come back with a vengeance,” she said.
In the other Region 2A-AAAAA action, Grovetown’s Lady Warriors improved to 11-4, 1-0 with a 51-30 win over Lakeside. Leah Ferguson led the way with 15 points while Alayah Canteen and Kwajelin Farrar scored 13 points apiece. Amber Tally and Clarissa Hopkins paced the Lady Panthers with nine points apiece.
In Region 3-AA play, Harlem’s Lady Bulldogs (2-10, 0-1) lost to Laney 89-22. The Lady Bulldogs were led by Olivia Fitzgerald’s nine points.
In South Carolina Independent School Association action, the Augusta Christian Lady Lions took care of Silver Bluff, 41-32, running its record to 11-5. Anna Motes had a game-high 21 points while KymMya Thomas added 14 points.
In Georgia Independent School Association action, the Augusta Prep Lady Cavaliers dropped a 56-47 decision to Briarwood. Mati Gibbs led the Lady Cavaliers with 10 points.