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January 28, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Friday night split

AHS Hornets thump Van, Lady Hornets lose late in District 15-3A basketball action

Athens — The No. 11-ranked Athens Hornets improved to 22-1 and 5-0 in District 15-3A play with a 74-44 win over the Van Vandals Friday night at AHS gymnasium.

“It is very important right now,” senior post Chris Jefferson said about the first round sweep. “We have to stay focused and we know it will be tough in the second half of the season.”

In the girls game, the Lady Hornets are now 2-20 on the year and 0-7 in district play with a 47-44 loss to Van on Friday night.

Both teams continue district play with a road trip to Mabank. The girls game is set to begin at 6:15 p.m. while the guys game is set for a 7:30 p.m. tip off.

“We have to be hungry and humble,” Chris Jefferson said. “We want to get that district championship first and we have got to do what we have got to do the rest of the season.”

Hornets 74, Van 44

The Hornets started out the first half too close for comfort as they headed into the locker room with a 35-26 lead.

“I really don’t know what is going on in the first half,” senior guard Ryan Jefferson said. “This is just something that we are going to have to figure out as a team.”

Senior guard Anthony Sanders continues to have a big season as he led the way with a game-high 29 points for the Hornets.

Courtland Lyons added 15 points while Kynden Crist pitched in 11 points for the Hornets.

In the second half, AHS was able to balloon the lead to as much as 72-41 on a fast-break layup by Travon Fuller.

Van 47, Athens 44

The Athens Lady Hornets put together a valiant effort against the Van Lady Vandals but were unable to pick up their first district win of the year at AHS gymnasium.

The turning point of the contest came in the third quarter as AHS wiped out a 29-17 half time deficit and trailed, 33-31 head into the final quarter.

With time winding down in the contest, AHS guard Leah Lawrence drained a jumper to them to within two at, 46-44.

Van’s Devri Cotton nailed one-of-two free throws to ice the game.

Late in the fourth quarter, AHS senior post Cari Aguilera collided with a Van defender and sat out the remainder of the game with a knee injury.  Her status for tonight’s contest against Mabank is uncertain as of press time.

Aguilera had a double-double with 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the loss.

Bryla Barker led the way  for AHS with 17 points and seven assists.

In junior varsity action, Van won 40-21 as Tiffany Boyce scored eight points for Athens.

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