Originally created 01/03/01

Evans shakes off rust in second half



EVANS - With its last game coming on Dec. 19, Evans took a while to warm up Tuesday night. In the second half, though, the Knights caught fire.

Evans went on a 22-7 run midway through the second half and defeated Cross Creek 70-42.

"We came out a little rusty. We just had to get back in the flow of things," Evans coach Kevin Kenny said.

The Knights (8-2) held a 27-24 halftime lead but came out firing in the third period. Clint McCalla, Will Floyd and Derek Schwamb each made a 3-pointer in the first three minutes of the half as Evans took a 38-30 lead.

Miguel Grosvenor responded with a layup which cut the lead to six. But the Knights started its run and pulled away. James Hawes knocked down his third 3-pointer with 6:54 remaining to give Evans a 52-36 lead.

Hawes led the Knights with 17 points, while Rodney Johnson had 15 for the Razorbacks.

"Every night it has been someone else to pick up the slack," Kenny said. "We've probably had a different leading scorer every night."

Meanwhile, Kenny awaits the possible return of last year's leading scorer Jason Crouse. The senior center suffered a knee injury in the fall and goes to the doctor for an update on Monday.

"We'll know one way or not whether we get him back," Kenny said. "He seems pretty optimistic about it."

In the girls game, Shannen Crawford poured in a season-high 32 points as Cross Creek defeated Evans 62-51.

"Any win for us is good," Lady Razorback coach Lisa White said. "We may not have the athleticism, but we have more heart than any team in the area."

After winning just one game last season, Cross Creek (3-7) has won two in a row.

"We didn't have the spirit like we have now," Crawford said. "I knew we were going to win this game."