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ACS, Harlem boys, Greenbrier girls off to stellar region start

Augusta Christian boys

Posted: January 9, 2013 - 1:15am

With region play getting cranked up this week, several teams put the finishing touches on their non-region schedule over the weekend. Here is a look at a few teams and players who made some noise.

Augusta Christian boys

The Lions improved to 11-1 with a 81-73 overtime thriller over Curtis Baptist. Augusta Christian blew a lead in regulation, but dominated play in the extra stanza to get the win. Nick Fortenberry led the way with 19 points, and Ashton Roper chipped in 17. ACS continues to use their extremely deep bench. On any given night any one of more than a half-dozen players could lead the team in scoring. Those qualities should give them a chance to make a run in the South Carolina Independent Schools Association this year.

Harlem High School boys

The Bulldogs picked up a nice win over Warren County 63-57, with sophomore standout Reggie Reid dropping in 26 points. Reid got some help from an unlikely source, as Austin Hubert netted 21 points. Hubert came into the game averaging only three points per game. The win snapped a three-game skid for the Bulldogs and put them at 10-6 as they gear up for play in Region 3B-AA (they were set to play Laney on Tuesday).

Hopefully the Warren County victory will give Harlem a confidence boost prior to their difficult tests ahead in region play. They will face two of the state’s top teams, Westside and Laney, twice each over the next few weeks.

Reid continues to light it up for the Bulldogs. The 6-foot 10th grader is stuffing the stat sheet. The 26 points vs. Warren County were actually below his season average. For the season, Reid is averaging 28.1 points, 5.6 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game. At the pace he is on, he has a chance to rewrite the county’s record books.

If he stays healthy, Reid likely will crush the county’s career scoring record held by former Lakeside star Matt Scott. Scott scored more than 2,300 points in his career for the Panthers. However, Reid’s scoring average of 19.9 per game as a freshman and 28.1 points per game so far as a sophomore put him well ahead of the pace Scott set with averages of 11 and 18.6 points per game, respectively, in his first two seasons at Lakeside. Scott turned it on as a junior and senior, pouring in 26.3 and 25.6 those years.

Setting a new record is a long way down the road, and certainly Reid should be more concerned with winning games and let the records and awards take care of themselves. However, it is hard not to look at Reid’s incredible start to his prep career and speculate a little.

Greenbrier girls

The Greenbrier girls have established themselves as top dog in Columbia County thanks to an 11-3 start, which included a 70-43 drubbing of North Augusta for the ’Pack’s fourth consecutive win. As a matter of fact, they have not lost a game since they fell 52-41 to that same bunch from North Augusta. Included in the streak is a perfect run through the Carolina Invitational Holiday Tournament. The ’Pack beat North Myrtle Beach, Clover and Wando to claim the tournament title.

In the victory over North Augusta, Morgan Taylor was tremendous. The sophomore forward torched the Jackets for 28 points and also grabbed 14 rebounds. For the season, Taylor is among the area’s leaders in scoring and rebounding. She is currently averaging 15.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game.

Another key for Greenbrier in the win over North Augusta was the stellar play of Deztinie Cotton. The senior had 15 points in just her second game this year. Her emergence in the second half of the season makes Greenbrier a serious contender for a region title.

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