Greenbrier and Evans high school girls basketball teams have surged to the top of the region standing with 3-1 marks in region play. The two squads have split their two meetings this season, which makes their contest Friday, Feb. 1, huge in terms of a possible region title.
The Lady Knights had won 7 of 8 games before dropping their last two games, including a 58-54 setback to Greenbrier. They might have the best one-two punch in the county. Guards Jasmine Stone (18.1 points per game) and Allysha McFarland (16.4 points per game) are combining to average nearly 35 points per contest.
Stone’s progression over the past three seasons has been remarkable. She has gone from role player to legitimate county Player of the Year contender.
Augusta Prep is also having a solid season. The Lady Cavs are 12-3 with a pair of wins over Augusta Christian.
Evans leads the way in boy’s hoops. Kevin Kenny’s crew is now 16-4 overall and 4-0 in region play. Augusta Christian has an impressive 15-4 mark overall, but they have struggled in South Carolina Independent Schools Association action, with a 1-3 region mark.
They are facing some tough competition. Last week they lost a 68-66 heartbreaker to Hammond (15-3, 4-0). Hammond got 24 points from freshman guard Seventh Woods. Woods spent the summer playing for the U.S. Junior National Team. He was the youngest player invited to play for Team USA. He is averaging 19.8 points per game and is regarded one of the top three freshman guards in the nation. Hammond’s Xavier McDaniel chipped in with 22 points. If that name sounds familiar, it should. His father is the “X-Man,” Xavier McDaniel, who was the first player to ever lead the nation in scoring and rebounding when he starred at Wichita State. He went on to play more than a decade in the NBA.