The Evans Lady Knights hadn’t lost two games in a row this year and they weren’t about to let that happen Friday night.
After losing their region opener to Greenbrier on Tuesday, the Lady Knights (10-3, 1-1 Region 2-AAAAA) got back into the win column with a 48-32 win over Lakeside.
“We stayed poised tonight,” said Lady Knights’ coach Ryan Morningstar. ‘‘The last couple of games we don’t hit our open shots and we panic a little and get out of rhythm.
‘‘Once one or two started falling, then three or four started falling, everybody put their foot on the gas pedal and we went with it.”
The Lady Knights led from the onset and it was the Jasmine Stone show in the early stages. Her 3-pointer gave the Lady Knights a 3-0 lead at the six-minute mark of the first quarter and she scored 12 of the team’s 14 first-quarter points. She would finish the game with three 3-pointers and a game-high 21 points while sitting out most of the fourth quarter.
While Stone scored the majority of her team’s points, the Lady Knights all played a role.
“Everyone contributed tonight. We’re battling a couple of injuries here and there,” said Morningstar. “The girls are playing through pain so I’m proud of them.”
Elyssa Melton, playing with a cornea abrasion, didn’t seem to be affected by it, scoring six points, hauling in five offensive rebounds, dishing out five assists and blocking three shots.
Defensively, the Lady Knights made things rough for the Lady Panthers (3-11, 0-2) causing nine first-quarter turnovers and 19 for the game.
The young Lady Panthers, who have just three seniors, showed spark late, something coach Drew Shelton would like to see more of.
“We did it for 14 minutes. We’ve got to do those things for 32 minutes,” said Shelton of rebounding, taking care of the ball and being aggressive. “We had some shots we didn’t hit in the first half and we turned the ball over too much in the first half. Some of that was us, some of that was them.”
Amber Tally led the Lady Panthers with 10 points while Jaylan Jones added nine.
Saturday, the Lady Knights ran their record to 11-3 with a 42-39 win over Aquinas. Stone led the way with 33 points while Melton hauled in nine rebounds.
The Grovetown Lady Warriors (12-4, 2-0) took an early lead in the sub-region race with a 77-60 win over Greenbrier (11-4, 1-1) on Friday night. Alayah Canteen led the Lady Warriors with 25 points. Chealsy Reaves and Naomi Hughes added 14 apiece and Leah Ferguson had 11.
The Lady Wolfpack were led by Destiny Marshall’s 25 points. Jennifer McMahan scored 13 and Morgan Taylor added 11.
Saturday, the Lady Wolfpack fell to 11-5 with a 59-58 overtime loss to Burke County. The Lady Wolfpack hurt themselves at the free-throw line where they converted just 24 of 51 chances. Marshall again led the way with 22 points while McMahan had 15 and Taylor 14.
Friday night, Olivia Fitzgerald and Kelsi Barrs each had six points for the Lady Bulldogs (2-11, 0-2) in a 56-17 loss to Westside.
South Carolina Independent School Association
The Augusta Christian Lady Lions improved to 12-5 with a 68-51 win over Wilson Hall. Anna Motes and KymMya Thomas each had 25 points while Caroline Roberson added 12.
Georgia Independent School Association
The Lady Cavaliers (5-7) romped over Grace Christian on Saturday, winning 47-8. Julia Hatcher paced the Lady Cavaliers with 10 points.