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BA stays unbeaten, tops HHC

BA stays unbeaten, tops HHC

BA stays unbeaten, tops HHC

Bulloch Academy point guard Ashley Bu...


    Bulloch Academy had to overcome a lot of things to get a 60-44 victory over Hilton Head Christian Academy in the second day of the eighth annual Lady Gator Classic on Wednesday.
    The Lady Gators overcame sloppy passing, bad shot selections and poor rebounding but most of all, a Lady Eagle team that didn’t remotely resemble the squad that lost by 22 points on Tuesday afternoon.
    For three quarters, HHCA took the fight to Bulloch and could have easily come away with an upset. But seniors Chelsea Oglesby and Danielle Atkinson, juniors Pate Lomax and Ashley Burke and freshman Mikay Sands buckled down when they had to salvage the win. Oglesby, Lomax and Burke scored 13 points each, Sands added eight and Atkinson had seven.
    In the early game, Crisp Academy from Cordele shook off a sluggish first-half performance to whip Frederica Academy from St. Simons Island 49-22. Senior Madi Mitchell, who recently signed a basketball scholarship with Mercer University, scored 31 points.
    In the late game, Augusta Prep used a strong third quarter to pull away from Brentwood School of Sandersville 45-37. Julia Hatcher led the Lady Cavaliers with 10 points and Jodie Holodak added eight.
    Bulloch (4-0) came out quick and fast from the opening tip in the middle game. A tight press created havoc in the Lady Eagle backcourt and allowed the Lady Gators to open up a 9-2 lead. The BA girls looked sharp on both sides of the court. Oglesby dominated the paint on defense while Burke ran the floor on offense. Hilton Head refused to be intimidated and stayed within striking distance. Macee Tamminen drilled a shot from 40 feet at the buzzer as BA took a 17-9 lead after one. Oglesby scored eight.
    In the second quarter, Bulloch went up by 10 early. But spirited play by Ziara Doe and Monica Bundy brought the Lady Eagles back from the brink. Doe canned two free throws with 4:56 left in the half to cut the lead to 22-19
    A Bundy three-pointer and Doe’s back-to-back, coast-to-coast layups gave the visitors a 26-24 lead with 3:04 left. Both squads had quick cuts to the basket and sharp passing. Burke and Lomax combined down the stretch to put Bulloch back on top 33-31 at the halftime buzzer.
    Burke opened the third with a three-ball from the top of the key and added two free throw minutes later to help Bulloch open a 40-35 margin.
    That’s when things got ugly.
    Both squads jacked up the action and the frenzied pace resulted in bad shots, bad passes and overall bad play. Still, the Lady Gators were able to hold onto their lead as the quarter ended.
    The fourth quarter didn’t get much better. The Lady Eagles saw the chance for an upset and notched themselves into overdrive. Bundy and Doe tried to push the pace but the Bulloch girls, especially Lomax, Oglesby and Sands, were able to plug up the middle while the guard play of Burke, Atkinson, Brooke Gilbert and Page Spence halted the HHCA uprising.
    Lomax hit four free throws in the final minutes while Atkinson had five points, including a three-pointer at the 5:27 mark which gave her team a 52-42 lead and helped the Lady Gators turn the corner in the quarter.
    The Lady Gator Classic ends today with a quadruple header. David Emanuel Academy takes on Frederica at 4 p.m., Westfield and Brentwood tangle at 5:30 p.m., Bulloch squares off against Tattnall Square at 7 p.m. and Pinewood battles Trinity Christian at 8:30 p.m.

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