Evans opened Region 2-AAAA play Friday with a pair of wins against Greenbrier.
Evans (9-5, 1-0) immediately took the lead to start the game and never relinquished it, finishing with a 53-42 win.
The Knights finished the first quarter with a six-point lead, but Greenbrier (5-8, 0-1) closed that gap to four to end the half.
But it was in the second half that it all started to go wrong for the Wolfpack.
Evans scored nine unanswered points before Greenbrier finally countered with a 3-pointer from Delano Hulse with just three minutes left in the third.
The Knights outscored the Wolfpack 15-7 in the quarter
Much of that was because of Evans’ switch from a zone defense to man-to-man, generating numerous steals. Most of the takeawys came from guard Myles McDavid, who had 14 points in the game. Damon Foreman led Evans with 15.
The Lady Knights’ dominance on the boards keyed their 46-41 victory.
Evans generated 14 second-chance points and four of those points came in the first when Evans players twice missed at least four consecutive shots only to keep getting the rebound and eventually the basket.
“In the past three games we’ve been getting killed beneath the boards,” Evans girls coach Ryan Morningstar said. “That’s something we really worked on hard this week: getting under there and getting those rebounds.”
The Knights also dominated the defensive glass as Greenbrier (3-10, 0-1) seemed unable to penetrate Evans’ 3-2 zone for much of the game. More than half of the Lady Wolfpack’s 17 points in the first half came on free throws and jump shots.
Morningstar said the win gave his team a confidence boost at just the right time.
“We’ve had some tough, close losses lately, but against some really good teams,” he said.
“I think those losses helped us. It got us ready for the win when it really counted.”