For The Observer
NEWBERRY — The Newberry Academy Eagles wrapped up a busy week, with the boys’ team splitting four games and the girls’ team winning three games.
The boys’ varsity started the week with a tough region loss on the road, losing to Anderson Christian, 52-50. The Eagles came back strong with a road win over Mead Hall, 74-28, and a home win over Wardlaw, 59-43.
On Saturday, visiting St. Johns Christian faced the Eagles at Newberry College. The Eagles lost a heart breaker, 61-57. The game was tied at the half and tied at 45 with 4:24 left in the game. Newberry took the lead with 2:17 remaining 50-49, but St. Johns hit clutch shots from the field and free-throw line to claim the win.
Both teams expect to make deep runs in the state tournament and could meet again.
For the week, senior Jacob Epting averaged almost 15 points a game with a high of 21 versus Anderson.
Other players with strong weeks included Ryan Smith, who scored 20 points versus St. Johns, Justin Suber, who led the team with 14 points against Mead Hall, and CJ Connelly, who averaged nearly 8 points a game in the post.
The Lady Eagles continued their dominating recent run of games with wins over Anderson Christian, 46-31, Mead Hall, 56-34, and Wardlaw, 40-23.
Newberry was led by Andie Getz and Emily Senn, who averaged 18 points and 14 points, respectively.
The team continues to get valuable contributions from seniors Kaitlyn Nobles and Amanda Crayne, and junior Carman Franklin. Starting point guard Darby Dail, and Coach Gilliam’s deep bench have also been factors in the teams’ four game winning streak.
Both teams stand at 5-1 in region play, with the boys’ overall record at 10-6, and the girls’ record is 11-4. The teams have another busy week ahead with four region match ups.