With teammate Aubrey McRae having just excited the crowd with a slam moments earlier, Aaron Williamson got the ball after a turnover.
The Glenn Hills boys basketball player hurried down the floor, and with the fans hoping to see a similar finish to McRae’s, Williamson instead got the easy points with a layup. The Spartans’ supporters let out a disappointed sigh despite the impressive — yet dunkless — transition field goal.
It summed it up best: Expectations are ever-increasing for undefeated Glenn Hills, but the Spartans are staying level-headed.
That turnover-to-dunk, turnover-to-layup stretch completed a 7-0 run to begin the second half as Glenn Hills used big early-half starts to sprint past Hephzibah, 63-47, Tuesday night at Hephzibah.
“We’re taking each game separately,” Spartans coach Travis McRae said. “We want to play like we’re 0-13.”
The Spartans began the game by going up 11-0 and also had seven different players score in the opening quarter. That kind of depth — 10 players ended the game with at least two points — carried the night where Glenn Hills led by at least 12 points for every second of the second half.
Aubrey McRae paced the attack with 15 points, knocking down an early 3-pointer and also showing great body control on a drive to the hoop.
Hephzibah’s Tamyrik Fields led all players with 21 tough points by scoring inside, but the Rebels climbed back to single digits for only a few moments after the first quarter.
“If we get off to a good start, we can dictate the tempo,” coach McRae said.
In the girls game, Hephzibah’s Shashana Miller took over late as the Lady Rebels rallied, 48-42.
With Hephzibah down seven early in the fourth, the guard darted and drove as she saved the game for the Lady Rebels (8-4). Miller scored 11 of her 18 points in the last eight minutes and also iced the game at the foul line, where she made three of her four free throws in the final minute.
“She refused to lose,” Lady Rebels coach Wendell Lofton said.