Tuesday, November 29, 2016

North Augusta's visit to Cross Creek headlines AugBball's Tuesday night "bonus coverage"

You may have seen that Westminster's first ever game against a GHSA opponent, Richmond Academy, which I believe to be our area's best team, is Tuesday's "AugBball Game of the Night." See the preview I posted Monday at this link.

Tune in to @AugBball for bonus coverage of North Augusta Lady Yellow Jackets vs Cross Creek

My first camera and willing AugBball contributor will be dedicated to the Lady Yellow Jackets and Razorbacks, who will meet in the first of two non region battles between the two area powerhouses. After reaching the semifinals of the South Carolina state playoffs last season, North Augusta returns all of its key contributors. And the Lady Jackets rolled past Hephzibah and Laney in their first two games in last week's Spartan Classic.

One of my goals this season is for AugBball to provide either "game of the day" or "bonus coverage" every time two of the four girls teams I believe to be state championship contenders (North Augusta, Cross Creek, Grovetown, and Laney) play each other. This brings up the question I asked Alana Davis, Cross Creek's star center, at her national letter of intent signing event last month. Here's Davis, the future Memphis Tiger who averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds as a junior, on whether or not "the girls are taking over the area basketball scene:"

Also on the AugBball radar

Burke County at Grovetown Lady Warriors

I don't have anybody assigned to Grovetown's second straight game against a state tournament caliber team while playing without leading returning scorer Destiny Marshall. But I'm hoping to find a willing volunteer!

The Lady Warriors came oh so close to topping Johnson Saturday, losing 79-78 in overtime in the "Girls' Night Out Shootout" to the team that reached last season's class 3A state semifinals. In Marshall's absence, senior Elizabeth Metress scored 27 points, making 4 three pointers and 11 free throws. Metress also dished out 5 assists and logged 4 steals.

Coach Jamie Echols is no doubt anticipating Marshall's return, but Metress is certainly capable of filling the leadership role now and in the future. She has shown the ability to score at critical times. And when the Lady Warriors are at full strength, like they were during their season opening 70-39 win over Richmond, she fills up all the space in the stat sheet, as she did that night with 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists:

Greenbrier (1-4) at Josey (3-1)

Josey responded to its season opening loss to Lakeside with three straight wins over Greenbrier, Lakeside, and Grovetown in the following 8 days, including this overtime "payback" win over the Panthers Friday at Paine:

During that same period, Greenbrier has fallen just short in its four games against some of the area's best teams (Laney, Josey, Butler, and Glenn Hills). Guards Richard Crawford III (19 points) and Austin Canaday (23 points) combined for 42 points in this track meet of a game against Butler at Paine Friday:

Will Josey continue to roll, or will Greenbrier get over the hump? Hopefully I'll find someone to provide AugBball updates in real time from this fascinating matchup!

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