Hughes scored seven of her 12 points in the quarter and grabbed four offensive rebounds, including one with 1:02 left to play that she put back to stretch the advantage to eight points.
The win put the Lady Warriors alone in first place after the first of three rounds of Region 2A-AAAAA play. Grovetown improved to 13-4, 3-0 sub-region while the 2013 defending sub-region champion Evans dropped to 10-4, 1-2.
The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 10-0 lead and were up 29-14 at the half. The Lady Knights forced 10 turnovers in the third quarter and closed to within 32-28, but Grovetown as too strong in the end.
“We had to battle tonight and came out and played really well,” Lady Warriors head coach Jaime Echols said. “We had to withstand it in the third quarter. We knew they were too good, we knew they were going to come back.”
Leah Ferguson paced the Lady Warriors early on, scoring eight of her team-high 16 points in the first quarter.
Evans’ Jasmine Stone scored half of her 16 points in the third quarter as the Lady Knights outscored the Lady Warriors 14-3.
After getting off to a slow start, the Evans boys took it to Grovetown in a decisive second quarter.
Evans opened the quarter with an 11-0 run, outscoring the Warriors 22-5 and cruised to a 69-48 win.
While the Knights sank seven 3-pointers, they were also aggressive throughout the game attacking the ball to the hoop. K’lon Lovett led Evans (12-4, 3-0) with 16 points, Kameron Mason added 13, Patrick Lawrence chipped in with 12 points and Matlin Marshall had 11.
Logan Morris led Grovetown (7-9, 0-3) with 10.