MACON, Ga. — First-timers in the GISA final four, Loganville Christian didn’t show any rookie jitters on Friday night at Mercer’s Hawkins Arena.
The Lions pulled away in the second half against Westminster, winning 55-45. They’ll face Deerfield-Windsor in the GISA Class AAA championship tonight.
Loganville (21-3) emphatically took control in the third quarter. Leading 24-22, a 12-0 run during the next five minutes turned things in the Lions favor. An offensive putback by Seth Dossett followed by a pair of free throws pushed Loganville ahead 32-24.
Dossett led Loganville with 23 points.
Westminster fought back early in the fourth quarter. Austen Stokes, who had only two points through three quarters, torched Loganville for eight points within two minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Its lead cut to 36-34, Loganville reverted back to its third-quarter form. The Lions snatched control back with another decisive run, this one of the 8-2 variety which put Loganville ahead 41-34 with 4:12 to play.
That was enough for the Lions to close the night, as their lead didn’t go below five.
A.J. Lewis and Stokes each scored 12 points to lead Westminster.
The teams mirrored one another in the first half, overcoming scoring droughts to remain in contention as the first half ended with Loganville ahead 20-19.
The Lions went seven minutes without converting a field goal, but a 6-0 run to end the half started by a Dossett shot followed quickly by an offensive putback by Caleb Boykin tied the score at 19, and a Boykin free throw returned Loganville to the lead.
The Lions started strong, leading 10-2 as Westminster didn’t convert a field goal until 2:40 remained in the first quarter.
The Wildcats, who trailed 12-6 after a quarter, led 17-13 in the second quarter thanks to a 9-0 run.