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Bulloch sweeps Westminster
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Bulloch Academy's Will Marsh drives to the basket in the first half against Westminster on Saturday at Gator Alley. - photo by BRYAN BURKE/Special to the Herald

    An elbow here, a push there and a wipeout on the hardwood were norm as Bulloch Academy swept Westminster of Augusta in a pair of aggressive and physical contests Saturday night.
    In the opener, BA sophomore Mikay Sands and Westminster senior Amber Davis went at it all game long in the 44-36 squeaker. In the finale, Gator senior Will Marsh and junior Hunter Perry battled Wildcat juniors Ethan Lynch and Steven Lamberts in the 59-49 win.
    The Bulloch boys evened their record at 7-7 in the tight game which saw the Gators hold just a bucket advantage at intermission.
    “Last year,” BA head coach Chandler Dennard said, “we lost 12 games by seven points or less. It was big for us to be able to close out this game.”
    Marsh led Bulloch with 13 points while Perry added 12 and senior Marvin Perkins had 11.
    Westminster held a 15-14 lead after one quarter in the back-and-forth battle. Lambers hit two treys in the quarter while sophomore Michael Dukes added one. The pair combined for seven on the night. Both led the Wildcats with 16.
    The score seesawed back in Bulloch’s favor in the second, thanks to some tough lane play by Marsh, who added six points late. The Gators took a 29-27 lead at the break. In the first half, the Gators hit 11-of-15 from the free-throw line.
In the third, Bulloch used a strong defense and good guard play to pull out to a 47-38 lead at the buzzer. The Gators outscored Westminster 18-7. This time, it was Perry who’s six helped do the trick.
“Our guards did a good job protecting the ball all game long,” said Dennard. “Hunter did a nice job on the glass and Will Marsh was in the right place at the right time.”
In the fourth, the Wildcats cut the BA lead to seven but could never get closer.

Bulloch 44, Westminster 36
    The Lady Wildcats, led by their big and strong center Davis, came out snarling and hissing in the battle of the once-beatens.
    Davis packed it in on Sands and senior forward Pate Lomax but the pair managed to lead the Lady Gators to a 10-7 lead at the first buzzer. Lomax had seven of her game-high 15 points.
    In the second, Westminster’s Zakira Goldsberry nailed one of her two treys on the night for a 10-10 score. Senior Kristin Kingery’s putback at 7:20 gave BA a 12-10 lead. It stayed that way for over three minutes as good, tough defense prevailed in the rough-and-rumble contest. Senior Page Spence converted a three-point play with 4:10 left for a 15-10 lead.
    The advantage vanished minutes later when the Lady Wildcats knotted the score at 15-15. But Bulloch senior Ashley Burke added two buckets late for the 19-15 lead. Burke had nine points on the night.
    Lomax added six in the third, including a putback at the buzzer, to lead the Lady Gators to a 32-26 lead.
    BA went up by 10, 36-26, early in the fourth but Davis tried to rally her squad with five points of her team-high 12 points. Sands, who netted nine on the night and felt the brunt of Davis’ power, did a masterful job of shutting her down for the remainder of the quarter.
    Bulloch Academy hosts Augusta Prep Tuesday and travels to Bellville Thursday to open GISA Region 2-AAA play against arch-rival Pinewood Christian Academy.