Two teams entered Saturday’s matchup between Augusta Christian and Augusta Prep undefeated and they both left the same way.
The Augusta Prep girls used a strong fourth period to pull away from the host Lady Lions, winning 40-30, improving to 9-0.
The host Lions started out hot from behind the arc, built a 44-20 halftime lead and cruised to a 76-44 win over the Cavaliers, running its record to 9-0.
Ashton Roper led the Lions with 19 points, and when he scored on a layup to start the third period, it was his first points from inside the 3-point line. In the first half, Roper connected on his first three 3-pointers as the Lions took a 9-6 lead, sparking an 18-0 run. He was five-of-seven from behind the arc for the half and did not attempt a 3-pointer in the second half.
“Roper hit some big shots for us at the beginning and he got us going,” said Lions head coach Marty Griffin.
Lions leading scorer entering the game Nick Fortenberry scored seven points, nine under his season average but finished with six assists. Ashton Grant and K.J. Armour chipped in with 12 points apiece.
Michael Downing tried to keep the Cavaliers (4-4) in the game, scoring a game-high 24 points.
Playing with a broken nose and with her right shoulder heavily wrapped, Lady Cavaliers point guard Amanda Murphy gutted it out and led the way with a game-high 19 points.
Leading 27-26 at the end of the third period, Murphy set the tone for the rest of the game early in the fourth with a steal and coast-to-coast layup. She then grabbed a defensive rebound and went the distance for a layup as the Lady Cavaliers increased its lead to 31-26.
When the Lady Lions (4-5) closed to 31-28, Katie Murphy buried a 3-pointer and four points was as close as the Lady Lions would get after that.
“We’re fortunate to have a great ball-handler,” said Lady Cavaliers head coach Myran Hunt after watching Amanda Murphy stretch the court and find Leila Woodhurst (10 points) for easy baskets down the stretch. “We hit some big shots when needed.
Kymmya Thomas led the Lady Lions with 12 points while Caroline Roberson had 11.