Round 1 goes to the Grovetown High School Lady Warriors.
After the first of three rounds of Region 2A-AAAAA play, the Lady Warriors emerged atop the standings with a 3-0 mark.
After beating Lakeside and Greenbrier, the Lady Warriors jumped out to a huge lead against Evans Tuesday night and made it hold up, winning 47-37.
“You can’t really say you’re in the driver’s seat because you’ve only played a third, but I like the way our kids are fighting,” said Lady Warriors’ head coach Jaime Echols...”There’s going to be a lot of high points and a lot of low points during the next month, whichever team can withstand it is going to get quite rewarded.”
Against Evans, the defending sub-region champs, the Lady Warriors (13-4) tried to deliver a knockout blow early as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead and were up 29-14 at halftime.
The Lady Knights (10-4, 1-2 region) stormed back in the third quarter and cut the lead to 32-28.
The Lady Warriors’ Naomi Hughes was a difference-maker in the fourth quarter, grabbing four offensive rebounds while scoring seven of her 12 points.
With 1:02 left in the game, the Lady Warriors’ lead was 41-35 after a Leah Ferguson free throw. When Ferguson missed her second attempt, Hughes was there for the put back and the 43-35 lead, putting the game away.
Ferguson didn’t miss much in the early going, scoring eight of her team-high 16 points in the first quarter.
It was a team effort the entire night for the Warriors, especially as they built their initial 10-0 lead. Chealsy Reaves buried a 3-pointer to start the game, Ferguson scored on an offensive rebound and then converted a layup into a traditional three-point play and Alayah Canteen shook loose inside for a layup.
The Lady Knights’ Jasmine Stone, who led the team with 16 points, got the Lady Knights first basket of the night at the 3:58 mark with a 3-pointer.
The Lady Knights defense forced 10 third quarter turnovers, limiting the lady Warriors to just three points. Stone scored eight points as the Lady Knights cut the Lady Warriors’ advantage to just four points heading to the fourth quarter.
“We had to battle tonight and came out and played really well,” said Echols. “We had to withstand it in the third quarter. We knew they were too good, we knew they were going to come back.”