The Newberry Academy Holiday Hoops Tournament was held Friday and Saturday, with the host team facing Richard Winn and Spartanburg Day School.
The Lady Eagles suffered two losses, while the boys’ team split, defeating Richard Winn and losing a heart-breaker to Spartanburg Day.
The Lady Eagles faced SCISA 2A power Richard Winn on Friday, and despite a scrappy first quarter, were overwhelmed 47–15.
In the girls’ Saturday matchup, they faced 2A Spartanburg Day and lost 35- 31 in a very competitive game.
Both teams moved the ball well, but found getting open shots difficult due to stiff defensive pressure.
The Lady Eagles were able to maintain a slight lead into the half, thanks to the inside presence of Andie Getz, with six points in the first period, and hitting eight of 10 free-throws as a team in the first half.
The slim lead held through the third period, and Newberry led 24–20.
Fouls began to pile up for the home team, and the visitors made the Lady Eagles pay, hitting on 10 of 15 free-throws.
The biggest blow came when the third player for Newberry fouled out, exposing the already thin bench, and the Lady Eagles finished the game with only four players. Emily Senn led Newberry with 12 points, followed by Kaitlyn Nobles with nine and Andie Getz with seven.
Amanda Crayne added two points and Carman Franklin finished with a point.
The Newberry Academy boys’ team came out Friday night and played suffocating defense, leading to a 65–39 win over Richard Winn.
A 33–23 lead at the half, blossomed into a 51–28 spread after three quarters as the home team limited the visitors to five points in the third frame. Dylan Skipper led the Eagles with 16 points, followed by Justin Suber with 13 points. Alex Cole had eight points, Luke Carraway had six points, and CJ Connelly had five points. Sean Blanton and Jake Buzhardt each added two points.
In Saturdays’ game, Newberry faced Spartanburg Day, and lost on a last second shot, 51–49.
The Eagles struggled to keep pace with the visitors, trailing by four after one quarter and by six at the half.
The momentum swung to Newberry in the third period, as the Eagles held Spartanburg Day to four points, and the home team pulled ahead 36- 34.
The fourth period saw the lead go back and forth, with Spartanburg taking the lead with less than 15 seconds left.
Newberry tied the game at 49, and after bring the ball up-court, the visitors had only 2.5 seconds left.
The game appeared to be headed to overtime until Spartanburg hit a contested shot on the baseline.
Skipper led all players with 27 points on the night. Jacob Epting added 13 points, while Suber added five points. Carraway accounted for three points and Cole added a point.