Evans pulls away on free throw
Timeout speech ignites Greenbrier girls in win
By Stephen Fastenau | Columbia County Bureau
Sunday, December 06, 2009

Through three quarters Saturday, Evans appeared in control of its home game with rival Greenbrier.

But during the fourth quarter, the Wolfpack revived the divided crowd.

Evans held off its rival for a 55-54 victory on a Marcus Gavin free throw with 4 seconds remaining.

Evans coach Kevin Kenny, whose team returned only two regular players from a season ago, said the victory was one his young team could build on.

"We're going to grow," Kenny said. "Tonight was a good example of that. We hung tough."

The Wolfpack had trailed by nine with less than three minutes remaining, but tied the game at 54 on two Justin Cofer free throws with 6.4 seconds left. On the ensuing inbound, Gavin was fouled by Greenbrier's Jonathan Hampton, who misheard signals from the Wolfpack bench.

Greenbrier coach Casey Heckathorn said Hampton, the player known as "The Godfather" to teammates for his ownership of the team, was not at fault and that he had probably taught the Wolfpack a lesson for the future.

"In a way, I guarantee that situation is never going to happen again," Heckathorn said.

"We're going to have a better eye on the score, better eye on the time. Nobody's down on him. I guarantee it. That's the kind of group I've got."

Hampton's teammate, Dejon Britton, echoed Heckathorn and said the Wolfpack could have played better the first three quarters.

"We picked it up after the third quarter," said Britton, who led the Wolfpack with 18 points. "But first through third, I felt like we were slacking. A lot."

Evans lost its leading scorer to graduation and a key big man to transfer before the season. Seniors Troy Griffith and Tony Davis were Kenny's lone returning starters with significant game experience. Davis scored 28 points Friday to lead all players.

- In the girls game, Greenbrier pulled away from Evans for a 48-30 victory.

Wolfpack senior Kaila Hunt scored a game-high 21 points and also spurred a strong defensive night. Coach Dana Bull, who delivered a fiery timeout speech early in the game, said she was pleased with the way her team responded.

"They just needed a wakeup call," Bull said. "They did a much better job coming out of that timeout."

McKenzie Bourne scored eight points to lead Evans.

Bull said the Wolfpack girls rebounded nicely after opening their Region 2-AAAA schedule with a loss to defending state champ Redan on Friday.

"They're starting to run the offense and look at the openings," she said.

Reach Stephen Fastenau at (706) 863-6165, ext. 116 or stephen.fastenau@augustachronicle.com.

EVANS 55, GREENBRIER 54

GREENBRIER (54)--Dejon Britton 18, Justin Cofer 11, Chad Waddell 10, Thomas brown 5, Fisher Wright 5, Sean Morris 4, Tray Lawhorn 1. Totals 22-34 54.

EVANS (55)--Tony Davis 28, Marcus Gavin 8, Troy Griffith 7, Trevor Foreman 3, Marvin Marshall 2, Tavarus Ferguson 2, Travelle Hawes 2, Justin Black 2, Austin Sandifer 1. Totals 18-35 55.

Greenbrier 15 13 7 19 -- 54

Evans 16 15 11 13 -- 55

3-point goals: Greenbrier 2 (Cofer, Waddell). Evans 1 (Griffith).

Records: Greenbrier 4-4. Next: Greenbrier vs. Union Grove, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Evans at Grovetown, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

GREENBRIER GIRLS 48, EVANS 30

GREENBRIER (48)--Kaila Hunt 21, Shelby Beans 10, Deztinie Cotton 9, Crystal Pryear 4, Casey Rowland 2, Kara Thompson 1.

EVANS (30)--McKenzie Bourne 8, Val Lawrence 7, KiKi Battle 6, Miah Shepherd 5, Sheli Williams 2, Rachel Leverette 2.

Greenbrier 17 13 14 4 -- 48

Evans 6 6 10 8 -- 30

3-point goals: Greenbrier 1 (Pryear). Evans 2 (Lawrence, Alyssa Mulliki)..

Next: Greenbrier vs. Union Grove, Tuesday, 5 p.m. Evans at Grovetown, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

From the Sunday, December 06, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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