Originally created 02/07/98

South Aiken gets its revenge



AIKEN -- What Ron McKie thought about his team's performance on Friday night can't be said in a family newspaper.

"We got our butts kicked," McKie said. "They kicked our butts in every aspect of the game. We've got to look inside ourselves and see if we have anything else left."

Kevin Muns scored 15 points and Tony Kitchings scored 14 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked five shots as No. 7 South Aiken spanked No. 3 North Augusta 60-38 in a Region 3-AAAA contest at South Aiken High School.

South Aiken (16-5, 5-2 in Region 3-AAAA) dominated North Augusta (16-5, 6-1 in Region 3-AAAA) in every facet of the game while handing the Yellow Jackets their first region loss of the year. North Augusta is a half-game ahead of Lexington (17-2, 5-1) and one game in front of South Aiken in the Region 3-AAAA race.

"It was a great atmosphere," South Aiken coach Donnie Holland said. "They had a great crowd at their place (a 61-57 North Augusta win on Jan. 13) and we had a great one tonight. I can't say enough about our fans."

This game was over quickly. South Aiken scored 15 consecutive points to turn a 2-2 tie into a 17-2 lead and it led 20-4 after one period when Michael Tyler hit a 3-pointer at the end of the first-period buzzer.

South Aiken shot 55 percent (6-of-11) in the opening period compared to 25 percent for North Augusta (2-of-8) as the Yellow Jackets committed seven turnovers to the Thoroughbreds' three.

The Thoroughbreds continued their onslaught in the second period and took a 34-14 lead into intermission.

South Aiken continued to pour it on in the third period to take a 52-21 lead going into the final eight minutes. North Augusta never threatened South Aiken in this game.

South Aiken has won all eight of its home games by at least 10 points. Its closest margins of victory at home have been by 10 (44-34 against Irmo on Jan. 23) and 17 in a 69-52 win against Evans on Dec. 12.

The Thoroughbreds' biggest lead was 33 points, 54-21, with 6:24 remaining in the game.

"That's all we were thinking about was payback," Kitchings said. "I thought it was going to be tight. I had the flu, but I just had to suck it up and play."

It was a particularly gratifying win for Muns, who transferred to South Aiken after spending three seasons at North Augusta.

"These two games (North Augusta) have been the two biggest games of the season," Muns said. "They won the first one at their place and we won here tonight. I wanted this one; I had to get this. Tony (Kitchings) wasn't feeling well, but he played a good game."

McKie said he felt bad for the fans who came to the game before 5:30 p.m. just to get a seat at the standing-room only gym.

"I'm disappointed we didn't give them a game," McKie said. "Issac English (12 points) and Kevin Smith were the only two players we had who came to play. Maybe, this will wake us up."

Tiffany Isaac and Pam Butler scored 19 points apiece as North Augusta (11-9, 5-2) geared up for Tuesday's showdown with Orangeburg-Wilkinson with a 57-54 win in the girls game.

The Yellow Jackets led 57-46 with one minute remaining, but the Thoroughbreds would make a late push to cut the final deficit to three points.

North Augusta is two games above .500 for the first time this season.

South Aiken (4-13, 0-7) was led by Holli Dixon with 25 points. Dixon hit five 3-pointers and scored 13 of her 25 points in the third period. Tiffany Bell added 15 points.

NORTH AUGUSTA (38) -- Toyian Williams 5, Roosevelt Walker 2, Walt Dunaway 6, Sean Mims 6, Issac English 12, Kevin Smith 4, Tyrone Walker 2, Mark Vanderlinden 1.Totals 15 7-10 38.

SOUTH AIKEN (60) -- Kevin Muns 15, Michael Tyler 11, Tarence Callahan 8, Connell Brown 2, Mindaugas Jokulis 10, Tony Kitchings 14. Totals 18 21-24 60.

North Augusta -- 4 10 7 17 -- 38

South Aiken -- 20 14 18 8 -- 60

3-point goals: North Augusta 1 (Williams), South Aiken 3 (Muns 2, Tyler). Records: North Augusta 16-5, 6-1 in Region 3-AAAA, South Aiken 16-5, 5-2 in Region 3-AAAA. Next: Orangeburg-Wilkinson at North Augusta, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. South Aiken at Airport, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

NORTH AUGUSTA GIRLS (57) -- Tisha Mays 8, Tiffany Isaac 19, Abbie Millians 7, Lindsey Cawley 4, Pam Butler 19. Totals 25 6-11 57.

SOUTH AIKEN (54) -- Holli Dixon 25, Nicole Armstrong 4, Meghan Clemmens 2, Tiffany Bell 15, Autumn Davis 2, Laura Poston 2, Emily Roseberry 4. Totals 23 3-7 54.

North Augusta -- 14 12 19 12 -- 57

South Aiken -- 10 9 16 19 -- 54

3-point goals: North Augusta 1 (Millians), South Aiken 5 (Dixon 5). Records: North Augusta 11-9, 5-2 in Region 3-AAAA, South Aiken 4-13, 0-7 in Region 3-AAAA. Next: Orangeburg-Wilkinson at North Augusta, Tuesday, 8 p.m. South Aiken at Airport, Tuesday, 8 p.m.