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Varsity Girls Beat CCES; JV Girls Win Tournament; MS Boys Roll On

Varsity Girls Beat CCES; JV Girls Win Tournament; MS Boys Roll On

Fueled by a strong start and an equally strong finish, the SJCS Varsity girls defeated Christ Church 53-43 Friday night at the Cavaliers' McCall Fieldhouse.

Lola Kelly scored 18 points for the Knights (15-8, 5-1), who snapped an 18-game losing streak against the Cavaliers on January 16 and then completed a sweep of the teams' Region 1-A games.

St. Joe's remained one game behind Southside Christian (13-3, 6-0) for first place in the region. The Sabres will host the Knights at 6:00 PM Tuesday. SCS hit a shot at the buzzer to win at St. Joe's earlier this season, 37-35.

Against Christ Church, with Tiffany Helmer scoring nine of her 13 points in the first quarter, the Knights raced out to a 17-4 lead. They led 27-14 at halftime, but the Cavaliers gradually closed the gap in the second half.

Christ Church was still within 41-36 after scoring with 5:02 remaining. Kelly scored on a drive and then on a break with an assist from Helmer.

The Knights beat the press, resulting in a basket by Harper Greer, and then Greer scored on a break to make it 49-36 with 2:17 left. Helmer and Greer each scored again to cap a 12-0 run that made it 53-36.

Greer and Adelia Stefanik each finished with six points. Caroline Mruz had five points, Ava Catherine Elder three points and Evie Adams two points.

Varsity Boys

Christ Church opened up a big lead in the second quarter and went on to defeat the SJCS Varsity boys 74-41.

Carter Bears, who had 11 points, scored to keep the Knights within 19-11 with 4:54 left in the first half. But the Cavaliers had the margin back up to 34-17 by the end of the quarter.

Jaylen Townsend led the Knights (17-7, 1-5) with 12 points. Matteo Mazza had six points, Brogan Poole five, Owen Smith three and Smith Crick two points.

The Knights play at Southside Christian at 7:30 PM Tuesday. The Sabres (10-8, 2-4) are in third place with a one-game lead over the Knights, who won the first meeting 44-29.

Junior Varsity Girls

The SJCS JV girls defeated Chapman and then Chesnee to win the Chapman Tournament on Saturday. The Knights won their final eight games and ended an outstanding season at 12-4.
 


Junior Varsity Boys

The JV boys lost to Chapman, 36-30, and then to Spartanburg Christian Academy, 34-22, in the Chapman tournament Saturday.

Will Saunders scored 10 points in the loss against Chapman. Pierce Jones and Caleb Hood each had four points, Sam Covington and Josh Lyons had three points each and Chapman Doar and Jack Stewart had two points apiece.

Against SCA, Hood led the Knights with nine points. Covington and Saunders each had four points, Stewart and Colin Flynn each had two points and Doar had one point.

Middle School Boys

The Middle School boys took control in the second quarter and made big defensive plays down the stretch to defeat Lead Academy 31-20 in the quarterfinals of the Carolina Middle School Conference tournament Friday.

The Knights (12-1) will play Mitchell Road at St. Mary's at 5:15 PM Tuesday in the semifinals.

Marshall Bears hit a shot from the left baseline that beat the buzzer and gave host St. Joe's a 15-11 halftime lead. Lead Academy rallied early in the third quarter to move in front, 16-15, but the Knights responded with an 11-0 run.

Bears scored, Tyree Jones converted a 3-point play, Weston Ward made a free throw and Jones knocked down a 3-pointer. A hustling defensive play by Will Hand led to a layup by Deux Greene and gave the Knights a 26-16 advantage with 1:17 left in the third quarter.

Lead Academy closed to within 26-20 in the fourth quarter, but Greene made a steal and a layup and Hand did the same to make it 30-20 with a minute left.

Finn Potesik led the Knights with 13 points. Jones had six points, Greene five, Bears four, Hand two and Ward had one point.

Middle School Girls

The Middle School girls lost to visiting Southside Christian 17-13 in the quarterfinals of the CMSC tournament.

Molly Monroe's basket and a free throw by Brynna Okuley gave the Knights a 9-8 lead in the third quarter. The Sabres put together a 7-0 run and kept the Knights scoreless until midway through the fourth quarter.

A runner by Annabel Burress and a put-back by Okuley pulled the Knights to within 15-13 with 3:30 remaining, but they were unable to score again.

Okuley had five points for the Knights, who finished with a record of 8-5. Monroe had four points, and Burress and Eva Cifuni each had two points.