The Valdosta Daily Times
Georgia Christian’s boys basketball team scored the first 19 points of the game, and defeated Highland Christian 72-37 on Tuesday at the Pinevale Learning Center.
Everything seemed to go right for the Generals in the first nine minutes of the game.
Georgia Christian’s Jeremiah Beverly made a layup 28 seconds into the game. The score remained 2-0 for the next three minutes, but then Generals center C.J. Lynch made a free throw and a layup on back-to-back possessions. Seven seconds later, after a turnover, Christian Moore’s putback gave Georgia Christian a 7-0 lead.
Almost a minute later, Christian Wisenbaker made two free throws for Georgia Christian. Then Colson Guthrie made a layup, Wisenbaker got a basket and Josiah Vaughn closed out the first quarter with a layup. When the horn sounded at the end of the first period, the Generals led 15-0.
Moore started the second quarter with a jumper. Then Georgia Christian’s Zac Bunion stole the ball and raced in for a layup. That made the score 19-0.
Tucker Bruce scored Highland Christian’s first points on a layup with 6:55 left in the second quarter. But at the other end of the court, Beverly made a three-pointer and a layup on the Generals’ next two possessions. Lynch’s jumper extended Georgia Christian’s lead to 26-2.
After that, Highland Christian and GCS traded baskets the rest of the half. Georgia Christian headed to the locker room with a 38-13 halftime lead.
Georgia Christian started the second half with a 15-5 run, and extended its lead to 53-18. The Generals held a 31-point lead at the end of three quarters, 59-28, and went on to earn a 35-point win.
Lynch led the Generals with 19 points, while Beverly scored 18. Bunion added nine points.
Bruce scored 20 points for Highland Christian. Dusty Thomas and Jaylen Hiller added seven points apiece.
Georgia Christian girls 39, Highland Christian 24
Georgia Christian’s girls trailed 15-14 at halftime. But the Lady Generals outscored their opponents 25-9 in the second half, and earned a 15-point victory on Tuesday.
The game was scoreless for the first five minutes. Georgia Christian led 6-4 at the end of one quarter. Highland outscored GCS 11-8 in the second quarter, and headed to the locker room with a 15-14 halftime lead.
Georgia Christian point guard Haley Garrett and center Lindsey Levings had missed part of the second quarter after picking up their third fouls. But they returned to the floor in the third quarter, and helped the Lady Generals take control of the game.
In the opening minute of the third quarter, Garrett was fouled and made both free throws, giving Georgia Christian the lead, 16-15. Seventy-four seconds later, Levings got the ball inside and scored. The next time down the court, Morgan Sykes grabbed a rebound and scored on a putback. Two minutes later, Levings scored inside again, got fouled and made her free throw to complete a three-point play. The next time down the court, Garrett passed inside to Levings, who scored again. Devon Bordelon’s layup increased the Lady Generals’ lead to 27-15.
Georgia Christian’s defense held Highland without a point in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Garrett made a jumper and two free throws on back-to-back possessions. Then after a free throw by Highland’s Rachel Whilden, Sykes buried a three-pointer and a jumper. That 9-1 run gave Georgia Christian its biggest lead of the game, 36-18.
Sykes led Georgia Christian with 11 points, while Garrett had nine points. Sykes, Garrett and Levings combined for 27 points, 23 of which were scored in the second half.
Ashley Yelm and Megan Maruyama led Highland Christian with seven points apiece.