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BASKETBALL: Lady Warriors defense stops King’s Way, Warriors suffer first loss of season
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Ava Robertson posts up against a King’s Way defender in the team’s 51-36 victory on Thursday, Dec. 17. Robertson collected 8 points in the victory. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Lady Warriors of War Hill Christian Academy in Dawsonville won 51-36 against region opponent King’s Way Christian School on Thursday, Dec. 17. The men’s team came up short 69-56 after leading in the first half.

Lady Warriors 

It was a huge game for the Lady Warriors to show off what they could do on defense. As a team, the Lady Warriors stole the ball 19 times and blocked King’s Way 13 times throughout the game. 

Karyss Hamby and Gracee Nissen both had seven steals individually and Ava Robertson led the team with seven blocks of her own. Lauren Panter tallied three blocks herself. 

Hamby and Nissen also led the team in scoring, both breaking double-digits with 12 points scored. Robertson’s team-leading 9 rebounds put her just two points and one rebound away from a double-double. 

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Kaylind Gaskins readies a free throw attempt during War Hill Christian Academy’s 51-36 victory over King’s Way on Thursday, Dec. 17. - photo by Jacob Smith
The team exploded offensively in the second half after scoring only 19 points in the first half. After only being up by eight points at halftime, they outscored their opponents 17-11 in the third quarter to nearly double their lead. Kendall Fuqua and Grace Morris both scored nine points in just the second half. 

The Lady Warriors (7-3) take a winter holiday break for a few weeks before resuming play Jan. 8, against region foe Mountain Area Christian Academy. 



Warriors 

After starting the season with 11 wins, the Warriors of WHCA could not stop King’s Way in the second half. The Warriors were outscored 37-26 after leading by two to end the first half. 

With just 3:42 left in the game and the Warriors down by five, head coach Danny Morris called a timeout. That timeout could not stop the momentum from swinging in the direction of King’s Way, giving the Warriors their first loss of the season. 

Ezra Goodwin led the Warriors with 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Nick Henry led with nine assists and two blocks. He also collected 16 points of his own. Isaiah Jeffords also reached double-digit points with 12. 

During their win streak, the Warriors allowed only 31 points on average to opposing offenses, with the most points up until this game being 53 in their game against Old Suwanee Christian. 

The Warriors (11-1) hope to get their electric defense back after a break for the winter holiday. Their first game of 2021 will be against Friendship Chrstian in Suwanee, Ga., on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Tip-off is at 12:30 p.m. 

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Nick Henry shoots a free throw during War Hill Christian Academy’s 69-56 loss against King’s Way Christian School on Thursday, Dec. 17. Henry scored 16 points and racked up nine assists in the loss. - photo by Jacob Smith


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