When Evans’ girls and boys faced Greenbrier in the Region 2A-AAAAA opener Tuesday night, it was almost more a game of chase than basketball.
The Lady Wolfpack set the tone for the night, jumping out to a 10-point first-quarter lead, making the defending sub-region champions try to play catch up before winning 55-44.
The Evans boys followed much the same model en route to a 73-59 triumph. The Knights led 21-7 after one and 41-23 at the half as they began defense of their sub-region title.
Jennifer McMahan led the Lady Wolfpack in the first half, making five 3-pointers. She scored 13 first-quarter points and had 20 of her game-high 24 points in the opening half.
“She’s (McMahan) been shooting well all season, scoring consistently, but we’ve got a lot of scorers on the floor and that certainly helps us,” Lady Wolfpack head coach Stefanie Basinger said. “Jen definitely set the tone for us tonight.”
In the second half, Destiny Marshall stepped up for Greenbrier (11-3), scoring 14 of her 15 points.
Jasmine Stone led the Lady Knights (9-3) with 18 points while McKenna Lawrence added 13.
After leading by as many as 23, the Knights (10-4) saw their advantage shrink to 59-51 with 4:40 to play as the Wolfpack (6-7) used a 9-0 run to climb back into the game.
The Knights quickly erased the comeback.
K’lon Lovett fed Myreon Bennett, who made a layup and free throw before Kameron Mason got a putback and was fouled on the ensuing possession, pushing the lead back to 65-51.
It was the defense that Evans head coach Kevin Kenny liked early on.
“Defensively, I think we did an outstanding job, especially (in) the first half,” he said. “The second half we had some breakdowns, but the first half, you couldn’t ask for a better defensive effort, I think.”