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Lady Warriors advance in winner's bracket as boys team falls

Grovetown boys plagued by fouls in losing to Irish

Posted: December 31, 2014 - 12:12am
Leah Ferguson of Grovetown goes up for a layup as Baileigh Williamson of Aquinas defends during the Monterrey Christmas Tournament. Ferguson scored 14 points.  MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL
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Leah Ferguson of Grovetown goes up for a layup as Baileigh Williamson of Aquinas defends during the Monterrey Christmas Tournament. Ferguson scored 14 points.

Grovetown High School split with Aquinas Saturday in the Monterrey Christmas Classic at Evans High School.

The Lady Warriors won 58-26 while the Warriors fell 67-62. The Lady Warriors were slated to play Lakeside Monday in the tournament’s semifinals while the Warriors were facing Lakeside.

Lady Warriors (7-2) coach Jaime Echols thought they started sluggish but was glad to be back at the tournament, getting in three games after the break.

“That’s the really good thing, about playing the tournament, because now we go play Cross Creek it won’t be such a long layoff,” Echols said.

The Lady Warriors weren’t sharp at the onset but still led 11-3 at the end of one quarter. They started finding their rhythm a bit more after that and cruised to the win.

Leah Ferguson scored nine of her game-high 14 points in the second quarter before Kwajelin Farrar took her turn, scoring 10 of her 12 points in the third.

“We didn’t all get together before this so we had to figure out how to mesh again,” Farrar said. “It took a minute.”

Cydney Franklin chipped in with 12 points for the Lady Warriors.

With each team taking the other’s best shot, it was the Fighting Irish (6-3) who finally outlasted the Warriors, overcoming a five-point fourth-quarter deficit.

The Warriors (5-3) led 52-47 heading into the fourth quarter but trailed 64-62 with just over a minute to play after Solomon Gause stole the ball and took it in for a layup.

Aquinas hit a free throw to stretch the lead to three and the Warriors’ Kenny Joseph had a 3-pointer rim out. Aquinas had two free throws to seal it.

Joseph led the Warriors with 19 points.

The Warriors were without Logan Morris and Shamar Barrett and then Gause, who finished with 16 points, picked up his fourth foul at the 5:28 mark of the third quarter and starting point guard Chance Fugghett fouled out with 3:14 left in the game. That hurt as the Fighting Irish turned up the defensive pressure in the end, limiting the Warriors to 10 fourth-quarter points.

“Two of our best ball handlers had four fouls – well one fouled out – so we had our best ballhandlers out of the game a lot at the end,” said Warriors’ coach Daniel Jordan.

The Warriors led 60-59 when Fugghett fouled out. After Aquinas sank two free throws to take the lead for good, the Warriors turned the ball over on their next three possessions.

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