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Josey’s Girls and Butler’s Boys Earn Wins in Doubleheader

Find implications for the race for the region’s top spot, full game highlights by Seth Wesley, game stories from Zach Tinkham, and box scores included

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Josey climbed its way back into the race for the region’s top spot by handing Butler its first league loss with a 57-33 victory at home on Senior Night. The Lady Eagles now stand only one game behind Laney and one game behind Butler in the standings.

Senior Night Goes As Planned For Josey Girls

  • by special contributor Zach Tinkham

​Senior night is always a special night for high school seniors as they are honored and celebrated for all they have done for their team the past four years.  Seniors Deajah Houck and Jamirah Mitchell had a great senior night to remember as Josey defeated Butler by a score of 57-33. Houck finished the game with seven points and Mitchell had six.

 The game was close for the first half and fans were left feeling like an exciting finish was on the way after the first two quarters of play.  In the first quarter teams were trading baskets and Josey seemed to gain some momentum when Ky’Shonna Brown assisted on a layup to Aquoyas Cody which ended up being an and one conversion. After the free throw was made Josey was up 9-6 with 2:44 left in the first quarter. But with 1:23 to go in the quarter, Brionna Sims dribbled left off a middle ball screen at the top of the key and drained a three pointer to tie the game. It was the start of a 7-0 Butler run to end the quarter. Butler was leading 13-9 at the end of one.

​Laura Jarrett finally ended Butler’s run when she drained a three pointer from the left wing with 6:53 to go in the second quarter.  Josey began running a 2-2-1 press in the second quarter, which gave Butler some trouble. They committed a couple turnovers but what really hurt them was how fast they got sped up. Butler ended up taking very quick shots which led to transition the other way for Josey.  Houck came up with a big steal that led to a layup for herself with 1:16 to go in the half putting Josey up 20-17. But with just four seconds to go in the half and Josey taking the ball out under their own basket, they rolled the ball to Houck who picked it up and dribbled the length of the court and threw a perfect assist to Brown who made the layup at the buzzer.  The basket gave Josey great momentum and the Lady Eagles headed into halftime leading 24-17.

​The second half was all Josey as they came out strong and opened up with a 5-0 run before a Butler timeout.  Josey really figured out how to exploit the middle of Butler’s 2-3 zone. They were able to get to the middle by penetrating and by passing. Once the ball made it to the middle they had plenty of options. With 4:58 left in the quarter Brown made an inside out three pointer on an assist from Cody which extended the lead to 34-17.  Sims was able to end the scoring drought for Butler on a driving right hand layup with 4:07 left in the third quarter. Butler was able to go on a mini run to cut the deficit to 39-26 at the end of the third quarter.

​Josey took full control in the fourth quarter by extending their lead to 49-29 with just 4:25 left in the game. Coach Bailey took out his two seniors with a minute to go in the game which led to a standing ovation from the crowd.

​Josey was led Ky’Shonna Brown, who scored 13 points, and Arieonna Booker, who added 12. Sims led Butler with 19.

School 1Q2Q3Q4QFinal 
Josey 915141857
Butler 1347733

    Josey – Arionna Booker 6 0-2 12, Deajah Houck 3 0-2 7, Jamirah Mitchell 2 0-0 6, Kayla McCord 1 0-0 2, Ky’Shonna Brown 6 0-0 13, Aquoyas Cody 4 4-4 12, Mercedes Dame 1 0-0 2, Laura Jarrett 2 0-0 3. Totals: 25 4-8 57.

    Butler – Lauren Braddy 2 2-2 6, Amari Surry 0 2-2 2, Jayla Thomas 3 0-2 6, Brionna Sims 8 2-6 19. Totals: 13 6–12 33.

Three-point goals – Josey: 4 (Jarret, Mitchell 2, Brown). Butler: 1 (Sims). 

Kedar Bodie – Butler

Butler topped Josey 67-52 tonight to remain in first place in their region via a tie breaker over Westside, which also won tonight 55-52 over Putnam County. The Bulldogs and Patriots will play each other again before the regular season ends.

Butler’s Pressure Too Much to Handle for Josey

  • by special contributor Zach Tinkham

​Butler came out with all different types of pressure against Josey, which helped propel them to a 67-52 final score on Friday night. Both teams competed hard but Josey just committed too many turnovers, which led to easy Butler points that extended the lead throughout the game.

The first quarter was very even. Both teams struggled to shoot the ball but it was very physical in the paint.  Every basket had to be earned and true toughness was being shown by both teams. Butler ended the quarter with a 10-8 lead.

​Butler started to gain momentum in the second quarter when Trayveyon Perry stole the ball at half court and drove the ball in for a layup with 6:34 to go in the quarter. But while Perry was going in for the layup the defender behind him grabbed him with two hands, which caused an intentional foul to be called.  Perry received two free throws because of the intentional foul and went 1-2 bringing the Butler lead to 15-11.  The second quarter is when Josey began to struggle with the press as the turnovers started to mount.  Butler extended their lead to 21-13 on a rebound and a put back by Zabriel Boozer.  But Josey was able to trim into the lead when John Sheppard made a three pointer that made the Butler lead 21-16 with 4:12 to go in the quarter. Butler was able to extend their lead to 31-22 at the break.

​After halftime Butler started to increase their lead even more. The Bulldogs employed a full court man press and trapped the first pass. Butler did a very good job of forcing Josey to catch the first pass right near the baseline or sideline.  This made it more difficult for Josey’s players to retreat out of the trap and instead they began to throw errant passes. Kendrell Glanton was able to hit a three with 10 seconds to go in the quarter to extend the lead to 48-30. Zaveon Phillips came back down and answered with a three pointer of his own at the buzzer to make it a 48-33 Butler lead heading into the fourth quarter.

​Josey would not go away quietly as they would hang around for most of the fourth quarter. The Eagles cut the lead to 10 with 5:00 to play and also with 3:51 left to play.  But a Butler steal and layup made the game 58-44 and a couple possessions later another three pointer was made for Butler that made the score 61-46 with just 2:15 left. Josey would bring the game to 63-52 with 1:05 to play but would not get any closer than that. Butler would prevail 67-52.

​Kedar Bodie led the way with 18 points for Butler.  Perry added 13 and Ronnie Striggles had 12 of his own. Josey was led by Quay Trumpler with 15, and Tellis Rios added 10.

School 1Q2Q3Q4QFinal
Butler 1014111767
Josey 815171952

    Butler – Ronnie Striggles 5 1-2 12, Kedar Bodie 6 5-6 18, Chance Finklin 1 0-0 2, Zy’Quan Grant 1 0-0 2, Trayveyon Perry 6 1-4 13, Kendrell Glanton 2 0-0 2, Adrain Hatcher 1 2-2 4, Zabriel Boozer 4 4-4 8, Elijah Matrtinez 0 2-3 2. Totals: 26 15-21 67.

    Josey – Quan Trumpler 7 1-2 15, Zaveon Philips 3 0-0 8, Demarius Tate 2 0-0 2, Ronald Hynn 0 2-2 2, Clarence Ruffin 4 0-2 4, LeRoy Pooser 1 0-0 2, John Sheppard 1 0-0 3, Tellis Rios 5 0-1 12, Keann Thomas 4 0-0 4. Totals: 27 3-7 52. 

Three-point goals – Butler: 2 (Striggles, Bodie) Josey: 3 (Phillips 2, Sheppard)

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CSRA Sports Wrap Podcast – Episode 2

Because its regular season just ended, this week’s show is heavily focused on the high school scene, with an equal focus on both the area’s boys and girls side

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Because its regular season just ended, this week’s show is heavily focused on the high school scene, with an equal focus on both the area’s boys and girls side.

CSRA Sports Wrap Podcast – Episode 2

***Special Note: Starting at the 24:30 mark in the video above, Chad explained his understanding for why Evans didn’t play Milton Friday. After seeing the episode, Evans head coach and athletic director Kevin Kenny contacted us and asked to be interviewed so he could correct the record and give his first hand account of why the region tournament for the area’s class 6A region was canceled, and for why the game against Milton didn’t happen. Here is the interview with Coach Kenny, a direct response to the 30 second explanation Chad gave starting at the 24:30 mark of episode 2 (above).***

Evans Head Coach and Athletic Director Kevin Kenny’s Response to Episode 2

Show Notes – Episode 2

Segment 1 – A tour through the regular season

0:00 – 4:15

The impact of the virus on the high school season, using North Augusta’s boys as an example

4:30 – 6:35

Chad’s Fantastic Five (plus a 6th man) freshmen

6:35 – 8:15

Describing and showing of the most eye catching individual highlights of the season

Girls Basketball in Focus…

8:15 – 11:50

Focusing on girls basketball, Charles describes what it has been like to see Laney take a step back and watch Cross Creek, Butler and Josey all take down the Lady Wildcats and assert themselves as forces to be reckoned with.

11:50 – 18:30

More about local girls basketball…

Chad weighs in on the changing of the guard on the girls side and Jordyn Dorsey’s excellence on the court AND in the classroom is highlighted as we hear from Jordyn herself.

But before we hear from Jordyn we take a tour through pretty much the entire area when it come to girls hoops. Finally, we hear from Jordyn at about the 18:00 mark.

***The CSRA Sports Wrap Podcast is also available in an audio only format. Here is the SoundCloud version of Episode 2:***

***And here is the SoundCloud audio version of Coach Kenny’s response to Episode 2***

Segment 2 – Court Side Seats

Focusing on recent thrillers we witnessed:

– Butler vs Laney (Doubleheader)

– Wheeler vs Kell

– Augusta Christian vs Ben Lippen

– Butler vs Westside

– Fox Creek vs Strom Thurmond***

18:30 – 20:15

Butler vs Laney (girls)

20:15 – 21:30

Butler vs Laney (boys)

21:30 – 23:30

Chad talks about Butler’s stacked roster and its dominant final week of the regular season, with blowout wins over Laney and Westside.

23:30 – 24:15

And we finish the Butler talk by showing the bucket Brionna Sims (of the Lady Bulldogs) scored Friday to eclipse the 1,000 point barrier, as well as the celebration that followed.

24:30 – 25:15

What happened to Evans vs Milton?

25:15 – 27:30

Class 6A Showdown

#1 Wheeler vs #2 Kell

Scoota Henderson – The next Sharife Cooper, Ant-Man Edwards, Collin Sexton

Wheeler – The defending Class 7A state champion

27:30 – 32:00

Augusta Christian vs Ben Lippen

Augusta Christian’s January surge and a rundown of its key players.

Is freshman Elijah Crawford the best player in the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA), which is the high school home of Zion Williamson?

32:00 – 33:30

About Elijah Crawford’s progression throughout the years and his work with trainer Darrin Shine. Can Elijah Crawford (a freshman) one day become a the kind of player Scoota Henderson (a junior) is?

33:30 – 35:35

Butler vs Westside – For the Class 2A regular season region championship

Charles talks about a favorite player of his, senior point guard Ronnie Striggles.

35:35 – 37:25

Fox Creek vs Strom Thurmond

***Segment 3 – Augusta University Basketball Update***

37:25 – 40:20

Augusta University vs Flagler Doubleheader

The Lady Jaguars improved to 4-1 in PBC play

40:20 – 42:40

We hear from men’s head coach Dip Metress, who explains why his team, even though it has been severely impacted by the loss of 5 players for the rest of the season, will not be “opting out.”

43:30 – 47:00

Previewing next week’s show

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