Evans extended its three-game winning streak in Region 2-AAAA with an 80-60 win Friday over Columbia County rival Lakeside.
The first quarter was the Myles McDavid show with the Evans guard putting up 11 points to give the Knights (11-5, 3-0) a 12-point edge over the Panthers.
That lead was extended to 17 by the end of the half with six Evans players hitting baskets, most of them coming off Lakeside (8-9, 0-3) turnovers.
Evans maintained the 17-point advantage at the end of the third period and it proved too much for the Panthers to overcome.
McDavid finished with 23 points to lead all Evans scorers. Post player Jacob Buchanan added 17.
The girls offered much more thrills with the Lady Panthers pulling off a fourth period comeback to beat the Lady Knights 41-40.
For 29 minutes, Evans (9-8, 1-2) held the lead, then Lakeside (8-6, 3-0) guard Kirsten Pitock hit back-to-back 3-pointers to gain the advantage at 37-36 with just three minutes remaining in the game.
“After she hit those 3-pointers, the entire momentum of the game changed,” said Lakeside girls coach Jody Hilley. “You could just feel that they were not going to let this one slip away.”
However, with 2:09 left, the Knights’ Taylor McChesney hit a layup to regain the lead.
Then Pitock and Rosalyan Talley made three shots from the free-throw line to push the score to 40-38.
But Evans’ Allysha McFarland tied the game with a pair of free-throws with just 12.6 seconds remaining on the clock.
Just seconds later though, McFarland fouled Lakeside guard Bria Baker, who hit one for two to finish the game for the win.
“They scraped, they fought, they competed,” Hilley said of the win.
“We’ve had trouble lately with getting turnovers only to turn it right back over,” Hilley said. “But tonight they held onto the ball and converted those turnovers into points.”