NORTH AUGUSTA -- North Augusta came into Tuesday's game riding a 11-game winning streak and a No. 4 state ranking in Class AAAA. From the opening tip it was obvious the Airport Eagles were there to make it 12 in a row. The Yellow Jackets obliged, winning 87-29 in Region 3-AAAA action.
Matt Collins nailed three treys in the first quarter and Sean Mims added a quick six as the Yellow Jackets blanked the Eagles a remarkable 20-0 after one quarter.
Lamont Fairy led the Jackets onslaught with 17 points and Issac English muscled in 15.
The Eagles were able to manage only two points in the second quarter as the Jackets eliminated any clean shot attempts with a stifling zone defense. Walker's alley-oop dunk from Fairy put the Eagles down 39-2 and sent the Airport cheerleaders packing.
"We wanted to control the tempo coming in and we ended up jumping up on them," Jackets coach Ron McKie said. "It's hard to gauge a win like this, but it's good to have going into a tough road trip."
The Jackets play at Dutch Fork on Friday and go to No. 5 Irmo next Tuesday.
McKie rested his starters for much of the second half, using it as time to experiment.
"I knew they were a little short-handed coming in," he said. "So I just used the second half to work on some man-to-man, among other things."
In the meantime, the Jackets continued to fire away, connecting on 12 3-pointers for the game. Fairy's three at the buzzer merely drove the nail in the coffin.
In a more competitive matchup, the Lady Jackets used a late fourth quarter flurry to squeak past the Lady Eagles 49-43.
Tied at 36-36 with two minutes to play, Jackets Tisha Mays had seen enough. She scored 12 of her game-high 17 in the final two minutes to put a close game out of reach.
Mays also had two steals in the closing minutes to smother Airport's scoring threats. Lindsey Cawley did most of her damage early , scoring 12 of her 15 points in the first half, helping the Jackets to a 23-20 halftime lead.
Vania Redd and Jessica Kerbs paced the Lady Eagles, scoring 16 and 13 points, respectively. The Lady Jackets improve to (9-5 overall, 2-1 in 3-AAAA).The Jackets have won their last two regional games.
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