GROVETOWN -- A 3-2 zone defense provided the edge Grovetown needed to beat Lincoln County, 41-34 on Tuesday.
“After that first game, I knew we needed to change it up on defense and the 3-2 zone worked for us,” said Grovetown basketball coach Bill Madigan, referring to a Dec. 10 game the Warriors lost to the Red Devils, 61-49.
In the first quarter, Grovetown (4-5) held Lincoln County (2-2) to only four points while they scored 14, including a pair of 3-pointers from Courtney Kency and C.J. Cooper.
The Warriors failed to score in the second quarter but their defense held the Red Devils to seven points, giving Grovetown a 14-11 lead heading into the half.
“I told them to take their opportunities,” Madigan said of his halftime speech. “I told them to find ways to push through (Lincoln County’s zone).”
Lincoln County outscored Grovetown 9-8 in the third, but that’s the closest Lincoln County got.
Cooper and Troy Tate each contributed eight points to Grovetown's 14-point fourth-quarter rally.
The Grovetown girls (7-2) dominated on both sides of the court, winning 65-28.
Early in the contest, Lincoln County (0-2) watched as a quick lead dissipated halfway through the first quarter.
In the last half of quarter, the Warriors used some steals and offensive rebounds to generate 14 points to take a 20-7 lead.
In the second period, Grovetown’s man-to-man defense continued to create turnovers while Lincoln County’s zone proved ineffective. Grovetown point guard Malia Kency even managed a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-like sky hook while on the trot.
Lincoln County’s desperation started to show in the second half as they sent the Warriors to the free-throw line nine times. In all, nine Grovetown girls contributed with Kency leading the way with 21 points and guard DiMara Thomas adding 17 more.