NEWBERRY — The Newberry Academy basketball teams cruised in the opening round of the SCISA 1A, Region 2 tournament Saturday night. The varsity boys beat King Academy for the third time this year, 77-39, while the varsity girls easily defeated Northside Christian, 38-19.
The varsity boys rushed out to a 28-8 lead after one quarter and maintained a comfortable margin throughout the rest of the game. The Eagles were led by Justin Suber with 14 points, followed by C.J. Connelly and Dylan Mackaben with 12 points each. Jacop Epting also finished in double figures, scoring ten points. The Newberry Academy boys’ team now stands at 19–9 overall.
The Lady Eagles had a similar game against Northside Christian, running out to a 13-5 lead after one period, and pushing the lead to 26-5 at the half. Northside never challenged in the second half and Newberry Academy’s coach Travis Gilliam was able to substitute freely and still maintain the lead. The Lady Eagles were led by Andie Getz, who finished with 16 points in limited minutes.
Emily Senn added nine points and Carman Franklin scored eight points to help pace Newberry Academy. The Lady Eagles stand at 22–4 overall and captured the regular season region title two weeks ago.
“One of our goals was to win the region title. We knew we had to be near perfect and with an early season loss to King it looked pretty bleak,” Gilliam said. His team responded with a 15-game winning streak that included a win over King.
Both Newberry Academy teams are in action in this week as the region tournament continues, and both squads look forward to high seeding in the SCISA State Tournament.