Bulloch Academy got a balanced effort in a 67-31 blowout of Region 4-AAA foe Trinity Christian School Saturday night.
Both Zach Altany and Jaylen Evans notched 10 points each in the contest while Forrest Spence added nine. Both Davis Howell and Brandon Walker had eight each as both Win Lee and Ross Rainey contributed seven a piece.
The Gators (9-3 overall and 2-0 in region play) substituted freely early and often against the Crusaders (1-13, 0-2). But the team from Dublin was feisty in the first quarter, working hard to take an early lead and then stay close at 12-9 at the buzzer.
But Bulloch got into gear in the second, outscoring the Crusaders 24-5 for a 36-14 halftime advantage.
The Gator starters started the third and increased the lead to 44-16 midway through the quarter. BA head coach Chandler Dennard’s bench personnel saw more time as TCS clawed back to cut the lead to 51-27.
The Gators outscored Trinity 16-4 in the final period to bring the score to its final.
Trinity 55, Bulloch 47
For three quarters, Bulloch Academy speedster Rachel Gilbert kept Trinity senior and Georgia Southern University signee Anna Claire Knight in check.
But, with the game on the line in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, the Trinity senior amped up the athleticism. Knight scored 16 fourth-quarter points to snatch victory away from the hungry Lady Gators. She had a game-high 24 on the night.
Bulloch (12-3 overall and 0-2 in region play) played a phenomenal game with the second-ranked team in Class AAA. The Lady Gators used a tight man defense to cause turnovers and took the ball inside to the hole. The score was tied at 14 at the end of the first quarter and TCS took just a 30-27 lead into the locker room.
In the third, the BA girls outscored Trinity 10-2 for a 37-32 by the buzzer.
The Lady Gators kept the five-point cushion throughout the fourth and were poised for the upset. Juniors Taylor Collins and Haley Burke had four points each as BA took a 41-36 lead with 4:16 left in the game.
But Knight, who had been held to just eight points in three quarters, showed why she was an early commitment for GSU head coach Rusty Cram. She helped the Lady Crusaders (17-2, 2-0) outscore BA 19-6 down the stretch for the win.
Collins and sophomore Anna Newton led Bulloch with 16 points each while Burke added 11.
The Lady Gators will try to get their first region win Tuesday when the Lady Trojans come calling.
Gator wrestling wins
The BA wrestling team continued its great season, clinching first place at the 10-team Trinity Christian Invitational in Dublin this weekend.
The Gators topped host Trinity in the final to clinch the tournament title for the first time in school history.
Mitchell Ball, David Hendrix and Codi Johnson all went undefeated in the tournament and 9 of 11 BA wrestlers had winning records.