GCA boys advance to Final 4

Published 3:37 pm Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Grace Christian Academy Cougars are headed to the Final Four after a win against the Habersham Patriots Saturday night, while the Lady Cougars ended their run in a last second loss.

The Lady Cougars led the entire game against Emmanuel, but eventually lost 45-42. In the first quarter the team scored 18 points. Caroline Wells led the first quarter with six points, while Mallie Andrews scored five. Emellia Woodrum scored three points and Lainey McRae and Ella Harrell scored two.

The second quarter was tight with the Lady Cougars scoring only six points made by McRae and Harrell. The third quarter continued to be a difficult match with Woodrum scoring a three-pointer and Wells scoring two layups, while Andrews scored one point for the team.

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During the fourth quarter, the team made a few rookie mistakes and lost sight of their game. They scored a total of nine points, led by McRae, Andrews, Woodrum and Kate McRae.

Determined to still bring home a win, the Cougars headed out and won in a 69-58 game.

The team came out strong, scoring 20 points in the first quarter. Jaylen Jones scored 8 points in the first quarter, while Wyatt Carpenter scored five. Jeb Smith scored three points and Branch Austinson and De’Andre Rogers scored two points each.

They continued to find the net in the second quarter, scoring 13 points. Jones scored six of those, while Carpenter scored five and Austinson scored two.

In the third quarter, the team scored 14 points with Jones and Rogers each scoring six points. The final quarter, the team was on fire. Jones scored 10 points, Rogers scored four points, Austinson scored two points and Carpenter scored six points.

Coach Shevon Brown was extremely proud of his team’s efforts and the skill they displayed on the court.

“A great win for the GCA family. The players have shown, if they stick together, they can weather any storm. Habersham has a great team and was an inside and outside threat, just like CCA. So going forward, we are facing a team with the same dynamic, which is a familiar faces, so no surprises this game. We just have to remain focused and stick to the team notion of one game at a time, which has helped us ascend throughout this post season,” he said.

The Cougars will play Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against Citizens Christian in Macon at Central Georgia Technical College, where they are hoping to win and move on the GICAA State Championship on Saturday.