The Spartans used a 25-2 run sparked by defense and 3-point shooting to beat Grovetown 67-44 on Monday night at Josey High School in the first round of the Region 3-AAA Tournament.
Glenn Hills next plays Josey at 4 p.m. Wednesday, with the winner advancing to the Georgia High School Association’s Class AAA state playoffs.
“I see it as an advantage, getting a game in,” said Glenn Hills coach Travis McRae, pointing out that the most recent game was last Tuesday.
Glenn Hills trailed by five in the first quarter, but the game quickly became one-sided.
Santo Nina ignited the big run in the first half that put the game out of reach, knocking down two 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Warriors’ miscues mounted.
Along with steals that turned into layups, Glenn Hills used solid ball movement to find the open man.
The Spartans’ run negated the strong 3-point shooting by guard Cameron Barnes, who hit a pair in the first quarter for an 8-4 edge. He finished with six 3-pointers in the game and 20 points.
No other Warrior reached double figures.
Aubrey McRae, Leroy Graham, Aaron Williamson and Mike Stephenson each scored in double figures for the Spartans. McRae had 14 points, Graham and Williamsons had 12 apiece and Stephenson posted 10.
Stephenson and Graham both knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter.
Glenn Hills will try to use this scoring depth against Josey, a team it split two games with earlier in the season by a combined three points.
Describing what’s needed to beat the Eagles, Nina said more of what worked against Grovetown.
“We just played unselfish and shared the ball,” he said.