With the high school basketball season in full swing, several girls and boys teams are off to hot starts.
Augusta Prep: The Lady Cavaliers maintained their perfect record by beating Augusta Christian 40-30 over the weekend. Amanda Murphy led the way with 19 points. Prep has not allowed more than 45 points in a game this season and has held seven of their nine opponents to less than 40.
Grovetown: The Lady Warriors are now 7-2 after an impressive 50-45 overtime win over North Augusta this past weekend. Grovetown is off to a fast start despite losing Malia Kency, last year’s Columbia County Player of the Year. Kency won the honor as a sophomore, averaging 15.3 points and 5.6 assists per game and leading Grovetown to a 42-13 mark in two years as the school’s point guard. Kency transferred to Briarwood Academy, but coach Jamie Echols has his team playing solid basketball without her.
Greenbrier: The Lady Wolfpack got a nice win against Burke County over the weekend. The 56-53 final was the third consecutive victory for the ’Pack, which also has a win over Hephzibah this season. Greenbrier is currently 7-1 on the season.
5. Augusta Prep
6. Augusta Christian
Augusta Christian: As expected, the Lions squad is off to a fast start at 9-0. They crushed Augusta Prep Saturday night 76-44. Seven different Lions players scored at least seven points. That depth is what makes Augusta Christian so dangerous. It can easily go 10 or 11 deep, which should keep players well-rested for a nice playoff run in a couple of months.
Evans: The Knights picked up a pair of wins over the weekend. On Friday the team got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Jacob Buchanan as it topped Jefferson County 66-54. Patrick Lawrence and Matlin Marshall chipped in with 16 and 14 points respectively. The Knights followed that up with a 78-64 win over Harlem on Saturday. Damian Foreman was the big gun versus the Bulldogs with 22 points. K-Lon Lovett nailed five3-pointers en route to 17 points of his own.
In each game the Knights continued to make great halftime adjustments. In the win against Jefferson County, Evans was up 11 at halftime, but used a 18-6 third quarter to put the game away. On Saturday, Evans trailed Harlem 41-38 at the break before out-scoring the Bulldogs 23-10 in the third quarter to take control of the contest. That third quarter success is a good indication of Kevin Kenny’s coaching ability. With the two wins the Knights improve to 8-3 on the season. The team also has impressive wins over Aquinas and North Augusta.
Harlem: The Bulldogs had their five game winning streak snapped in the 78-64 loss to Evans on Saturday, but Harlem still has an impressive 7-3 record. While the team lost to the Knights, sophomore Reggie Reid had quite a game. The 5-11 point guard poured in a career-high 43 points for the Bulldogs. The last time a sophomore had that big a game was when former Lakeside star Matt Scott poured in 43 in a game against Butler a decade ago. Scott would go on to become the county’s all-time leading scorer.
Who knows what the future holds for Reid, but he is on pace to dethrone Scott at the top of the county’s scoring list. Through the Bulldogs’ first 10 games, Reid is averaging 27.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.
Reid is getting some help from Dylan Farmer. The senior guard is putting up more than 15 points per game. Also, despite being the focal point for opposing defenses, the duo is shooting the ball at a great rate. Both are shooting over 50 percent from the field and Farmer is among the area’s top 3-point shooters at 45 percent.
Reid is known more for his athleticism and ability to get to the basket but is shooting the ball extremely well. He is shooting 62 percent on two-point attempts and leads the team in free-throw shooting at 76 percent.
2. Augusta Christian
3. Grovetown (Not a great record, but beat Harlem heads up)
7. Augusta Prep