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Lady Gators roll to win

    Bulloch Academy got off to a strong start and never let up as the Lady Gators whipped Augusta Prep 57-41 in the second night of the 10th annual Lady Gator Classic Wednesday.
    BA (1-1) jumped out to a 20-7 lead after the first eight minutes, utilizing quick attacks to the basket, good shooting and even better defense.
    “I was worried that the girls would be mentally tired,” said Webb, referring to Tuesday night’s 75-72 double overtime loss. “But they didn’t seem to be though and they certainly weren’t physically tired. We played together better tonight. With so many young and new girls, that is going to take a little time.”
    Eighth grader Abby Newton had back-to-back three pointers to start the ball rolling early in the quarter. Junior Amber Robins netted six of her team-high 15 points while little sister Lacy added four. For the game, eighth grader Lacy Robins had 13 points and Newton added 10.
    “Even though Abby and Lacy are just in the eighth grade,” said Webb, “you can tell that they have played a lot of basketball. I was proud of Amber. She didn’t start but came off the bench to be the leading scorer.”
    Junior Mikay Sands worked hard inside on defense and also added a bucket in the quarter. Senior Sarah Evans capped off the run with two free throws.
    Augusta Prep (2-1) shook off the first-quarter pounding and battled toe-for-toe with Bulloch in the second. Still, the Robins sisters dropped a trey each to improve the BA advantage. Newton’s putback at the buzzer gave the Lady Gators a 32-18 lead at intermission.
    The Lady Cavaliers came out of the locker room swinging, as junior Banks Collier knocked down three quick buckets to cut the Bulloch lead. Collier led AP with a game-high 19 points.
    But Evans and eighth grader Regan Ellis worked the lane on both ends of the court to keep BA in control. Both added four points in the quarter as BA took a 47-29 advantage.
    An Ellis layup started the fourth quarter and gave the Lady Gators a 20-point lead early in the fourth.
    In earlier action, Crisp Academy defeated Frederica Academy 44-32 behind the 14-point performance of Claire McGarr and the 11-point effort of Sidney Folsom. Aubrey Maulden led Frederica with 13 and Brooke Bourne had 12.