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Back-to-back losses might benefit Evans in long run

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As the Evans boys basketball team looks at what’s ahead, the immediate past could be most beneficial to its long-term hopes.

The Knights lost to Jonesboro and subregion foe Effingham County last week. Those two teams are a combined 33-4.

“Those are the type of teams you’re seeing in the state tournament if you’re fortunate to get there,” Knights coach Kevin Kenny said.

Despite the setbacks, Kenny believes the caliber of the two teams and the proximity of the games will help in the future.

For Kenny, the region tournament matters most. It’s a time when the intensity is greater, as is the likelihood of playing good teams in back-to-back games.

The quality of opponents isn’t as strong this week, but the Knights have a busy slate.

Evans faces Greenbrier and States­boro, two important games if the Knights are to earn one of the top two seeds in the subregion. Evans then plays Hephzibah on Saturday.

STILL PERFECT: The Washington Coun­ty girls basketball team was threatened more than usual against Cross Creek, but its streak still continued.

After trailing by three points at halftime, the Lady Hawks rebounded to
win 63-52 behind Allisha Gray’s 26 points.

Washington County coach Sug Par­ker said his team relaxed as the
game went on. He said Cross Creek’s quickness gave his team some issues early.

Washington County scored 19 points in the third quarter on its way to its 48th consecutive win.

“I thought it was a good challenge,” Parker said. “It was an up-and-down match. They play hard and we play hard. I think they came out and gave us a pretty good run, actually. It made us better.”

LANEY’S RUN: Recent weeks have been kind to Laney’s basketball teams.

The two squads have combined to lose only one game since Dec. 4: a one-point setback for the boys against Glenn Hills on Jan. 3.

Since the Wildcats lost to Butler in overtime Dec. 3, they have gone 12-1. Their latest victory marked the first win against Butler in their third meeting of the season.

The Lady Wildcats have done even better, as they haven’t lost since Nov. 26, when they were beaten by still-undefeated Washington
County. The Laney girls are 15-0 since then.

PREP STATISTICS ARE DUE BY WEDNESDAY

Individual player statistics for girls and boys basketball are due by 4 p.m. Wednes­day, with no exceptions.

The Augusta Chronicle will run area leaders in the following statistical categories: points per game, rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots, 3-point percentage and free-throw percentage.

Nominations for players of the week are also due at this time. The weekly stats and player of the week run each Friday.

Statistics can be faxed to (706) 823-3408 or e-mailed to Wayne Staats at wayne.staats@augustachronicle.com. Call (706) 823-3425 with any questions.


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