First, the girls varsity team played and soundly beat The Academy. It was 30-19 at the half and the final was JA 71 and The Academy 36. Most of the bench played the fourth quarter. Freshman Sayde Anderson started her second game of the year and contributed both offensively and defensively.
The boys game was another walk-away, but the very beginning of the game, The Academy was ahead for a little while. By half it was 28-15, however. The final score was 62-41 in a game that was very competitive with numerous fouls. The JA gym was packed with standing room only and the fans were very loud.
Senior Isaac Lewis, who had torn his Achilles tendon earlier in the year and was benched for most of the season, played a little at the end of the game and contributed to the score with two separate free throw attempts. The crowd cheered Isaac's return to the game by shouting his nickname, Bruce. Apparently someone asked his name several years ago, and he responded with "Bruce."
Varsity coach, Mark Sharpley, consistently uses the same strategies for producing excellent players and winning games. Conditioning is a key part of the regime. His players play the entire game, right up until the end, when they've obtained a significant lead. But he rotates those players to give them a break. Many times the team picks up steam in the second half because they're conditioned to do so and they've had multiple breaks throughout the game.
Watch as the team heads into the post season and will likely be in the finals.