Michael Downing converted both ends of a one-and-one with 33 seconds to play, giving the Cavaliers a 33-32 lead, their first of the game. Needing a stop, Rafay Chaudray stripped the ball down low. Caleb Lifsey sank two free throws, the Wildcats missed a desperation 3-pointer and Downing sank two more free throws for the final margin.
“Chaudray’s strip was huge,” said Cavaliers head coach Mike Guthrie, whose team improved to 13-8, 5-4 in Region 4-AAA. “We did all the things you’re supposed to do in the second half.”
The Cavaliers trailed the entire game until Lifsey hit his second 3-pointer to tie it at 29 with 3:12 to play. Austen Stokes answered with a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats (16-10, 7-2) a 32-29 lead. Chaudray made a layup to get the Cavaliers within a point, and they would hit free throws the rest of the way.
Downing led the Cavaliers with 15 points while Lifsey chipped in with 13.
Drew Sladky’s 10 points led the Wildcats.
In the early going it looked like the Augusta Prep Lady Cavaliers would run away with their contest against the Lady Wildcats.
The Lady Cavaliers jumped out to a 8-3 lead after the first quarter, but the Lady Wildcats were able to slow the game down and came out on top 31-18 in the teams’ fourth meeting of the year.
“We needed to be more deliberate and not play their up-tempo game,” said Lady Wildcats head coach Greg Wilson, whose team beat the Lady Cavaliers for the first time while improving to 12-11, 2-6 Region 4-AAA.
The Lady Wildcats started getting the ball down deep and went on an 8-0 run to start the second quarter and took a 13-10 lead into the break.
Amber Davs scored seven of her game-high 13 points in the half.
After scoring just two points in the second quarter, the Lady Cavaliers (15-5, 2-5) did not score in the third quarter and could not mount a serious threat in the final quarter.
Amanda Murphy led the Lady Cavaliers with 10 points.