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Cavaliers pull away against Lions

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For three quarters Tuesday night, John Paul Lynn and his Augusta Prep teammates couldn't get anything to fall.

As it turned out, it was only a matter of time.

A big fourth-quarter push by the Cavaliers turned a tight game into a runaway, as Augusta Prep earned a 57-35 road victory against local rival Augusta Christian.

"We finally started making our layups," said Lynn, a GISA All-State selection last season. "At the beginning of the game, we were getting good shots the whole time. We just weren't making them."

The Cavaliers came in as the more experienced squad, as the Lions have boast only two seniors and no juniors.

Lynn, a senior, and junior Frank Hull provided the late boost during a 12-0 Augusta Prep run in the fourth quarter. Lynn finished with 12 points, while Hull scored a game-high 20.

Augusta Prep coach Mike Guthrie noted that his program has struggled playing at Augusta Christian, making the 22-point victory a little sweeter.

"We've had a tough time playing here over the years, no question," Guthrie said. "It's nice to get a win this year. (Augusta Christian coach) Marty (Griffin) has had some good teams."

Gaige Gilbert was the Lions' lone double-digit scorer with 14 points.

- In girls' action, Augusta Christian dominated the boards early and finished strong in a 57-34 home victory over Augusta Prep.

Annie Cave led the way, scoring 14 points and grabbing numerous offensive rebounds.

The Lions got out to a 20-4 first-quarter lead, but then struggled to maintain the early momentum.

"They see ... 20-4 on the board, and they think they can let up," Augusta Christian coach Nick Isaac said. "Sixteen points is a good early lead, but it's not insurmountable."

Augusta Prep kept the deficit at 12 points entering the fourth quarter, but Amaura Brandt heated up and helped the Lions go up by 21 with 4 minutes to go en route to the victory.

Jamie Alexander had 11 points for Augusta Prep.

Reach Justin Williams at (706) 868-1222, ext. 116
or justin.williams@augustachronicle.com.


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