Each time a team seemed to be on the verge of running away with the game, the other put a halt to it.
Facing Thomson on Monday night, Grovetown made the last push, breaking a 28-all tie with a quick 7-0 run to start the fourth period, winning 42-32 in the nightcap of Evans’ Bruster Ice Cream Thanksgiving Classic.
Grovetown trailed 12-6 after the first quarter, outscored the Lady Bulldogs (2-1) 13-0 in the second to take a seven-point halftime lead before Thomson tied it at 28 heading to the fourth quarter.
“This was the first really quick team we’ve seen this year, I think we were a little shell-shocked in the first period,” said Grovetown head coach Jaime Echols, whose Lady Warriors improved to 3-1.
Grovetown’s 5-foot-10 guard Alayah Canteen used her height advantage throughout the game. In the fourth, she converted two layups during the Lady Warriors’ 7-0 run and finished with a game-high 19 points.
After the Lady Bulldogs sank two 3-pointers in the third period to climb back into the game, they went 0 for 8 from behind the arc in the fourth. Jaylan Howard made two 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 11 points.
“We just have to realize that we played defense in spots but we weren’t consistent,” Thomson head coach Michael Williams said.
In the tournament’s first game, South Aiken won its season opener 42-34 against Lakeside.
Lakeside (2-1) led 21-15 in the third period, but went 7:12 without scoring and trailed 27-22 with 5:28 left in the game.
Despite foul trouble, freshman Jay Parker led South Aiken with 12 points, while Clarissa Hopkins led the Lady Panthers with 12 points.