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Grovetown girls win region championship

Posted: February 12, 2017 - 3:12am
Grovetown’s Elizabeth Metress, who had 14 points, drives to the basket in the first half of the Lady Warriors’ victory over Heritage on Friday.

After his team won its second region championship in a row, Grovetown coach Jaime Echols asked his players if they were satisfied.

No one raised their hand.

Destiny Marshall scored 22 points Friday night and the Lady Warriors rolled to a 69-32 victory over Heritage in the Region 3-AAAAAA championship game Friday night at Evans High School.

Grovetown improved to 20-7 and will play host to Coffee in the first round of the state tournament Friday night. The time is yet to be determined.

"We wanted to carry on what we had been doing," said Grovetown senior guard Elizabeth Metress, who finished with 14 points. "We kind of had a bad week last week. It's good to bounce back and win these two (region tournament games) and keep on going.

"We're not playing our best basketball yet, but we're getting there."

The Lady Warriors lost their only region game of the season last week, an 80-74 road defeat to Greenbrier. Then, Grovetown went on the road and won by just six at Heritage (12-14).

Echols said his team's tough early season schedule helped his team bounce back from its lethargic play a week ago.

"Greenbrier played great, but we played probably about as bad a game as we've played in some years," he said. "Playing the tougher schedule helped us realize what we're about. It helped us to overcome that rough patch a lot sooner."

Marshall entered the region championship needing 23 points to reach 2,000 for her prep career. She now has 1,999 entering postseason play next week.

Grovetown jumped out front early only to watch Heritage pull within 18-12 in the second quarter. Then, the Lady Warriors turned up their press and began to pull away. Grovetown closed the half with a 21-5 run. The Lady Warriors led 38-17 at halftime.

"We can score in spurts," Echols said. "That's usually a result of when we put the press on. That's what happened tonight."

Ayana Collins added 15 points for Grovetown, while Savannah Giles chipped in with 10.

Jayla Jeffries led Heritage with 15 points.

 

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