Sandy Creek put on a basketball showcase Tuesday night with a sweep of the Lovejoy Wildcats. The Lady Patriots won an overtime thriller, 69-67, while the boys dominated en route to an 83-44 victory.
“We deserved that one. We fought and fought,” said Lady Patriots coach Shon Dodson. “We let them back in the game, but we pulled it off and won in overtime. We needed that win.”
Lovejoy kept the Lady Patriots on their toes in the early going, pulling in front for a 25-20 halftime lead. The third quarter belonged to the Creek as they put up 24 points to grab a 44-40 advantage. They got contributions from the whole roster in the frame, including a pair of Morghan Currie buckets, a three-point shot and a three-point play by Kasey Toles, and two threes from Dominique Fuller.
“We got big shots from everybody. It wasn’t just the Kasey Toles show,” said Dodson.
Sandy Creek kept up the momentum early in the fourth quarter as they built up a 52-45 lead. Lovejoy responded with a vengeance, ripping off a 9-0 run to pull ahead. A Ky’anah Snypes bucket and a pair of Logan Bolton free throws helped force overtime with a 56-56 tie.
The offense stayed in gear, building up to a 66-60 lead on a Toles steal and layup with one minute to play in the first overtime. Lovejoy tried to engineer another rally, but the Patriot defense locked in to seal up a 69-67 victory.
“Although we turned the ball over twice in overtime, no one got rattled, which we would have done last year,” said Dodson.
Kasey Toles led the attack with a tremendous effort, battling through a late injury to return in overtime and post 20 points, 9 assists, 6 steals, 4 blocks, and 4 rebounds. Morghan Currie tallied 16 points and 5 rebounds, while Dominique Fuller added 13 points. Amara Owoh led the way on the glass, pulling down 10 rebounds, while Ky’Anah Snypes added 7.
The boys game was never in doubt, as the Patriots dominated early and never slipped.
The offense took a bit to get heated up, so the defense took control, stifling Lovejoy out of the gate. Elias Harden and AJ Freeman each hit from long range as the Patriots grabbed a 17-6 first quarter lead.
The second quarter was all Sandy Creek as they exploded for 33 points. Whether it was Keith Heard’s hook shot or Christian Turner’s pull-up three or Harden rocking the rim, it was all clicking as they took a 50-23 halftime advantage.
Evan Jester kept up the momentum out of the break, notching a putback bucket and a dunk as the margin grew. Heard added his second alley-oop slam of the night, and Javon Jackson hit from deep to build up an insurmountable lead.
With the game well in hand, the rest of the roster saw the court in the fourth quarter. The defensive intensity did not ease up at all, as the Patriots limited Lovejoy to just one point in the fourth quarter.
Christian Turner filled the stat sheet with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists on the night. Elias Harden added 17 points, 8 steals, and 6 rebounds, while Evan Jester posted 9 points and 7 rebounds.
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