If Friday night’s games at Greenbrier are any indication, Columbia County will be in for a wild ride in Region 2-AAAAA play the rest of the way.
In Friday’s opener, Allysha McFarland hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to propel the Evans Lady Knights past Greenbrier 47-46.
The boys game was no less exciting as momentum and the lead changed hands several times before Evans (12-3) was able to get by Greenbrier (2-12), 66-63.
Evans’ K’Lon Lovett scored with 20 seconds left to give the boys a 65-63 lead, Jacob Buchnan blocked a shot on the other end, then Damian Foreman iced the game with a free throw with one second remaining.
“This was a huge rivalry game and a big region game,” Evans coach Kevin Kenny said. “All nine region games are going to be like that – close and competitive.”
Everything was going right for the Wolfpack to the 4:19 mark of the second period as they built a 31-19 lead, but the Knights chipped away and closed to within five at halftime.
The Knights came out hot and quickly built a seven- point lead that the Wolfpack had to cut into until they tied the score at 56 with just under five minutes to play. From then on, the lead seesawed with neither team taking more than a two-point advantage until the end.
Foreman led all scorers with 27 points.
Kayshawn Marshall led the Wolfpack with 11 points.
The Lady Knights trailed most of the game and were down by as much as 14 in the third period. The deficit was 43-32 with 3:04 to go when the Lady Knights couldn’t miss on the offensive end while forcing the Lady Wolfpack into bad shots or to turn the ball over.
The Lady Wolfpack were hurt at the free-throw line, converting just 17 of 34.
For the Lady Knights (9-5), McFarland led all scorers with 18 points.
Morgan Taylor led the Lady Wolfpack (11-4) with 15.