What distinguishes perennial powerhouses?
Bouncing back from a loss by dominating someone else in the next key matchup.
Case in point: Class AA’s fourth-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian girls basketball team, which after being edged by No. 1-ranked, five-time defending state champion Wesleyan 74-63 a week earlier, rebounded Friday to trounce tenth-ranked defending champion Lovett 63-32.
The win at home upped the Spartans to 16-2 and kept them astride of Wesleyan at 3-1 in Region 6-AA. It also staged a milestone, Brianna Cummings’ 1,000th career point, halting the game late in the first quarter for that acknowledgement.
Importantly, GAC seemed to have shaken off ill affects of losing to Wesleyan, which they trailed by eight after a quarter and 11 early in the third. By beating Lovett a second time this season, the Spartans remained on their trajectory toward potentially a ninth championship and first since 2007. Key was Cummings’ 17 points, CiCi Buford’s 14 and Sydni Means’ 11, which broadened GAC’s 22-point halftime lead to 31 after three quarters.
“I think we’re coming together as a team,” Cummings said. “We have good chemistry and that helps us as a team.”
In other action Friday:
– Alex Pierce’s 4-footer in the lane with a second left in overtime lifted Benedictine’s boys over host Jeff Davis 40-38 in 2-AA, the Savannah Morning News reported. Pierce’s two points of his eight on the night were the only ones in overtime, needed once Jeff Davis missed two foul shots in the final seconds of regulation.
– Marnesha Hurt and Breana Mullens’ eight points apiece and Ebony Hargrove’s six, four steals and four blocks narrowly pushed visiting Putnam County’s girls past Monticello 32-28 in 4-AA, according to the Macon Telegraph.
– Mario Beck’s career-high 44 points lifted Bleckley County’s No. 5-ranked boys to a 12th straight win in 4-AA, 80-74 over Northeast Macon, the Telegraph reported.