Unfortunately, the Lions produced the exact opposite as the Skyhawks ran away with a 64-47 win.
In the night’s first contest, the Augusta Christian girls used suffocating defense and a team attack offensively in a 40-30 victory.
The Hammond boys entered in first place in South Carolina Independent School Association Region 1-AAA and improved to 20-4, 7-1, while Augusta Christian dropped to 18-5, 3-4.
The Lions couldn’t contain heralded freshman Seventh Woods, who scored 20 points, including three one-handed monster jams in the first half. Xavier McDaniel scored 16 points. Spencer Carlson added 16 points and four blocked shots.
“You can’t play a team like that and have your poorest game of the year,” Griffin said.
While hitting five 3-pointers, the Lions struggled mightily from the perimeter.
Nick Fortenberry led the Lions with 13 points while Jacob Greenway and Ashton Roper added 10 points apiece.
Caroline Roberson was the star of the game for the Augusta Christian girls with 14 points, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Roberson downplayed her contributions.
“It was a team effort,” she said. “It wasn’t me in particular.”
Roberson had four points, Kendall Brown hit a 3-pointer and Hannah Howard made a jumper as the Lions (12-12, 3-4) raced out to a 9-1 lead they never relinquished. Anna Motes chipped in 12 points.
Unable to generate transition opportunites, Hammond (16-6, 5-3) was relegated to shooting 3-pointers and connected on just one attempt early in the first period.