NEWBERRY — December has been good to both Newberry Academy basketball teams. They each split two games in this past weekend’s Richard Winn Holiday Tournament.
The boys’ team lost to Ben Lippen, 43-39, but pounded the home team Richard Winn, 67-37 in the consolation game. Likewise, the Lady Eagles took a hard loss to 2A powerhouse Fairfield Central, 75-18, but rebounded the next day, beating Ben Lippen, 30-16.
The boys’ team now stands at 6-4 overall, and 3-0 in their region. Their early season includes some quality wins, and the team has been competitive even in their losses.
Seniors Jacob Epting, Justin Suber, and Ryan Smith have stood out, with Epting averaging 18 points over the last three games.
The Lady Eagles have been just as impressive, with early season wins over larger 2A and 3A SCISA opponents. The girls’ team stands at 7-3 overall, and 2-1 in region play.
While the team is anchored by Andie Getz and Emily Senn, each averaging over 10 points a game in December, other players have stepped up at crucial times.
Senior Kaitlyn Nobles scored 16 points during an away game at St. John’s Christian in Moncks Corner, and junior Carman Franklin’s consistent play has been outstanding on both ends of the court. Both teams get a short break before getting back into action at the Sonic Shootout Tournament at Newberry Academy.
The school will host Greenwood Christian, Richard Winn and King Academy from Dec. 27 and Dec. 28.