Friday night’s heavyweight matchup between Greater Atlanta Christian and Douglass featured the Spartans coming out on top 67-52.
Spartans guard Kaleigh Addie led all scorers with 23 points and guard Jaci Bolden added 21 points.
Both teams came into this game as defending state champions (Douglass won in Class AA last season) but never played each other in the regular season due to COVID game cancellations. There was no better time for these two teams to play than Friday night in the regular-season finale before beginning region tournament play Monday.
It was also Senior Night for the Astros as they wanted to protect their homecourt.
The first quarter involved both teams matching bucket for bucket and switching leads. Astros junior point guard D’yanna Maxey drained a deep three-pointer at the buzzer, tying the game at 27 to end the first quarter.
As both teams continued the battle, the Spartans were able to gain control in the second quarter and convert on open shots. Freshman guard Myla Benton hit two three-pointers each time the Astros were in striking distance to take the lead. This led to a 34-27 halftime lead in favor of the Spartans.
Astros senior guard Ashuntee Weems kept the Astros in the game, particularly in the second quarter after Maxey sat with three fouls.
Weems kept up her play in the third quarter to keep the Astros in the game but the Spartans offensive firepower proved to be better. The Spartans made four three-pointers in the third quarter, two of them coming from Bolden. The Spartans stretched their lead to 13 as they led 50-37 at the end of the third quarter.
The Astros fought to get a run going in the fourth quarter but the shots were not falling their way. Instead, the Spartans were able to score and keep their lead above 10 points. Addie added six points in the fourth which led to a 67-52 win in favor of the Spartans.
Weems finished as the leader in scoring for the Astros with 17 points. Senior guard Michelle Payne had a great game, finishing with 16 points. Maxey followed behind Payne with 13 points.
The Astros will begin the first round of the region tournament at home against Redan Monday. The Spartans will host the region tournament after the first round starting Wednesday.
Boys finish season winless with 71-32 loss
The boys finished a disappointing, winless regular season with a 71-32 defeat to the Spartans. After finishing in the second round last season, the Astros are on the outside searching for answers as they cannot afford another loss.
With this loss, the Astros will travel to Sandy Creek Tuesday in hopes for the first win of the season. If they are unable to do so, their season is done. If they are able to win, they will have to win the region tournament to be in.
For the Spartans, they finish third in the region and begin region tournament play Tuesday. Their opponent has yet to be determined.