Originally created 12/30/00

Sumter edges Keenan for title



AIKEN -- Sumter remained unbeaten after upending Keenan in the championship game of the Godfathers Pizza Invitational on Friday.

Lauren Sanyi made two free throws with 1.4 seconds left to give Sumter a 42-40 victory.

Sumter's Alicia Golden, who scored a team-high 10 points, earned the tourney's most valuable player honor.

In the girls consolation game, Aiken and Columbia met like old times when both were members of Region 4-AAA. Bobby Young's Lady Capitals got the better of Aubrey Pompey's group 45-37 behind Angela Hunter's 25 points.

Both squads were intense competitors before Columbia dropped to Class AA and Aiken moved up to Class AAAA. The Lady Capitals captured the state title a year ago and are one of the top teams again this season.

"It kind of brought back some old feelings," Pompey said. "That was a team we really used to work hard to beat. I could tell that playing me brought back some memories for him too. They got the better of us. I didn't like the results, but I saw some things I liked."

Pompey was especially proud of his senior forward Nola Grant, who despite nursing a sore ankle, scored 16 points, eight coming down the stretch. Ebony Jones added 12 points for Aiken, which dropped to 6-4 on the year. Columbia improved to 10-2 with the victory.

In other consolation games, Ridge Spring-Monetta's Antwon Leaphart capped a stellar tournament by scoring 18 points in a 60-43 loss to Spring Valley. Leaphart averaged 24 points per contests in three games.

The Lady Trojans took a 40-32 loss to a Thomson team that got 31 points from Monique Martin. Lakeisha Corley, who missed Ridge Spring-Monetta's first two tournament games with a knee injury, saw time and scored two points in the defeat. Corley was averaged double figures in points and assists in leading the Lady Trojans to a 4-0 start. With two losses and a victory in the tournament, Gail Johnson's squad falls to 5-2 on the season.