Waddling down the sideline screaming out instructions, Jodie Price had a little more than basketball on her mind.
Eight months and three weeks pregnant, the Augusta Christian girls' basketball coach just wanted to make it through the game. Her motivation was last season's two-point loss to Augusta Prep, the school's biggest rival.
Tuesday night, though, there were no labor pains as the Lady Lions rode a big first-half lead and held on for a 47-35 win at Augusta Prep. In the boys' game, Augusta Christian defeated Augusta Prep 82-38.
"I definitely wanted to get through this game," said Price, who is awaiting the birth of her first child, a girl. "Part of me wants to make it through this weekend and part of me wants to get it over with."
Augusta Christian (4-7, 2-1) plays hosts to Brentwood on Friday before traveling to Pinewood on Saturday. Price admitted Saturday's trip probably won't include her.
The Lady Lions went on a 15-2 run in the first quarter, keyed by eight Tessa Airaghi points, to build a 19-7 lead. Airaghi continued her good play inside and made a layup with 1.2 seconds left in the first half as Augusta Christian built a 32-15 advantage.
In the second half, the Lady Lions held a big lead until Melissa Soucy of Augusta Prep (5-11, 1-4) knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to cut the lead to 44-35. However, Augusta Christian held on for the win.
"When you see her out there it just makes you want to do it for her," Augusta Christian's Katie Resseguie said of her coach's pregnancy.
In boys' action, Augusta Christian (8-3, 3-0) made five 3-pointers in the first half and outscored Augusta Prep 21-9 in the second quarter to take a 46-24 halftime lead.
The Cavaliers (4-13) played most of the first half without leading scorer Varun Bhalla, who went down with a knee injury and sat out the majority of the second half as well.
Lee Jones led the Lions (8-3, 3-0) with 18 points, while Walton Satcher added 15. Ben Proefrock led the Cavaliers with 10 points.