With less than two minutes left in the first quarter, they stopped the game at Greater Atlanta Christian and recognized junior Brianna Cummings for scoring her 1,000th career point.
“It was a surprise,” Cummings said. “I didn’t even know I was close. (Coach Cal Boyd) got me on that one.”
Cummings wound up scored 17 points to lead the No. 4 Spartans dismantled No. 10 Lovett 63-32 at the Long Forum in Norcross.
With Georgetown coaches scouting in the stands, Cummings joined the list of outstanding GAC girls, starting with Olympic gold medalist Cindy Brogdon and continuing through Sherrill Baker, who started four seasons at Georgia.
“I think she’s one of the top five that’s ever played her,” Boyd said. “She’s in that mix.”
Cummings isn’t just a scorer, either. She used her long arms and quickness to help disrupt the rhythm of Lovett’s Sydney Umeri, limiting the senior to three points.
“I think the first half tonight may have been our best half of the year,” Boyd said. “We executed on defense. We executed on offense, made the right decisions. I think it’s about as good a half as we’ve had.”
GAC took the lead early when a 9-0- run gave the Spartans a 16-5 lead. GAC then outscored Lovett 14-2 in the second quarter to grab a 34-12 halftime lead. The lead grew to 31 points to open the final period, allowing officials to trim two minutes off the clock and playing a six-minute quarter.
“I think we’re coming together as a team,” said Cummings, who was inducted in the National Honor Society on Friday. “We have good chemistry and that helps us as a team.”
GAC (16-2) also got 14 points and five rebounds from CiCi Buford and 11 points from Sydni Means. Lovett was led by Taylor Brown, who had three 3-pointers and scored 19 points.
It was the second win for GAC over Lovett, the defending Class AA champions, this season. GAC prevailed 49-44 in the semifinal of the Parkview Classic to open the season. Their final regular-season meeting will be Feb. 5 at Lovett.
GAC will play Southwest DeKalb on Saturday at Starr’s Mill in the Girls Night Out event, then travel to Montgomery, Ala., for a game against Carver at Faulkner State. The Spartans are back home on Tuesday to host Southwest Atlanta Christian, the No. 1 team in Class A.
Lovett (32): Brown 19, Powell 3, Selman 2, Eason 4, Umeri 3, Doyle 1.
GAC (63): Means 11, Cummings 17, Buford 14, Hill 8, Mahre 9, Brody 2, Boyd 2.
Halftime: GAC 34-12