Leah Ferguson had two points entering the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game against Evans.
During the final eight minutes, however, the Grovetown junior came alive.
Looking for her shot, Ferguson connected on four fourth-quarter 3 pointers, propelling the Lady Warriors to a 45-41 victory.
“To be honest, we were about to sub someone in for Leah,” Grovetown head coach Jamie Echols said. “But thank goodness we didn’t. Those four 3s were without question the difference in the game. We needed someone to step up tonight and she delivered big time.”
Prior to Ferguson catching fire, Grovetown trailed 25-16 at halftime and by as many as 11 points early in the third quarter.
“This win showed who we are as a team,” Ferguson said. “We didn’t play our best tonight but we kept fighting. We never gave up.”
With the win, the Lady Warriors improved to 3-0 against Evans this season, with all three victories coming by a combined 17 points.
“Every night is a battle,” Echols said. “We’ve been fortunate to come out on the winning end of most games, but it hasn’t been easy. We have some very good basketball teams on our side of the region.”
For Evans, Jasmine Stone led all scorers with a game-high 26.
Half of Stone’s points came in the first quarter.
“Jasmine’s unbelievable,” Echols said. “It seemed like she was hitting shots from the bleachers.”
In the boys contest, Patrick Lawrence paced Evans with 17 points, leading the Knights to a 58-52 victory over Grovetown.
“It took us a while to find our shot tonight, but what’s great about our team is we never panicked,” Evans coach Kevin Kenny said. “Even when we got behind our guys did a great job of continuing to play our game.”
Grovetown led 33-32 after three periods before Evans seized control with a 7-0 spurt to open the fourth quarter.
“There’s no question our defense carried us for three quarters,” Kenny said. “It kept us in the game until we finally hit some shots in the fourth.”
For Grovetown, Solomon Gause led all scorers with 33.