Boys win, girls falter in nom-region games

North Augusta High School's varsity basketball teams completed the non-region portion of their schedules with wildly different results Saturday evening at Greenbrier, as the Yellow Jacket boys won in a blowout but the girls lost in a shellacking.

Five Jackets - Victor Johnson, Robert Morgan, Tavarez Hall, Kenny Finley and Malik Dunbar - had eight points each against the Wolfpack, boosting North Augusta to an overall record of 10-3. North Augusta won 73-34.

The girls' game was relatively close (41-34, in Greenbrier's factor) at the end of the third quarter, but the home team ruled the fourth frame, winding up with a 70-43 win.

Greenbrier's Morgan Taylor was the dominant factor, scoring 28 points in the rout.

Region 5-AAAA action for North Augusta was to have begun Tuesday, with a road game against Lexington.Coach Al Young, who leads North Augusta's boys, said a poll of the region's coaches pointed Aiken as the region's toughest squad. Lexington and White Knoll are likely to be in the top tier as well, in his assessment.

As for the next few weeks, Young said, "I know that we've got to play well defensively. I think if we do that well, we'll always have a chance."

The first home games of the region schedule are set for Friday, against White Knoll. Starting time is 6 p.m. for the girls and about 7:30 p.m. for the boys. The Jackets are to be on the road Tuesday against South Aiken.