McGavock began district play with a victory over Hillwood last Tuesday night, 73-47.
Hillwood has been a historically easy matchup in the district for McGavock, but the Toppers played with the Raiders in the first half, trailing by seven points at halftime.
McGavock head coach Paul Childress was disappointed with his team’s start.
“When you’re a good team, everybody’s ready to play you,” Childress said. “Wherever we go, people are ready to play, they’re excited to play us, and we have to come out and match that energy. We didn’t do that in the first half.”
McGavock senior guard Monte’ Streate has played against this team a few times earlier in his career. He and his team were a little surprised with the early challenge.
“We know that we’re one of the best teams in district,” Streate said. “We just got to play like it. We were kind of slacking in the first half, came out thinking that they weren’t all that. But they came back hard.”
The Raiders, however, capitalized on their size advantage to keep the lead throughout the game. Dylan Wade was a force on the offensive glass in the first half while the shots didn’t fall from the outside.
The scoring opened up for the Raiders in the third period. Senior Zion Hicks scored 12 of his 15 points in the third, and all of his points came on threes.
The Raiders opened the district with a win and have their sights set on a district championship. They will participate in the Franklin Tournament on the 27th-29th before picking up district play after the break.
McGavock (73): Zion Hicks 15, Monte’ Streate 15, Marvin Hughes 13, Dylan Wade 11, Devion Bowen 6, Corey Huey 6, Cedrick Westmoreland 4, Devin West 2 and Michael Dowlen 1.
Hillwood (47): Jacob Drinnon 19, Mark Tillis 9, JaQuan Mosely 7, A.J. Bonner 4, James Galloway 4 and Jayvion Smith 4.
Lady Raiders rally in third to beat Hillwood
McGavock recovered from a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Hillwood 42-34 last Tuesday night.
It was tough sledding for McGavock early. Early turnovers and miscues led to six points in the first period. McGavock head coach Kim May thought her team was overlooking its opponent.
“First half, we weren’t ready to play,” May said. “I think the history of us playing them kind of gotten in our head. In the past, we’ve kind of come over here and had an easy game every time.”
May knew her team needed a change, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
“We ran a different zone offense that created more movement. We were able to cut into the gaps. We were able to hit the open girl, and we really exposed the high post.”
The Lady Raiders scored 13 consecutive points to open the second half and held onto the lead for the remainder of the game.
McGavock junior guard Kamryn Marshall scored all 10 of her points in the second half, coming from high post shots and three-pointers. That really opened up the offense.
Marshall was happy to see the team respond in the second half and was just playing her part.
“We can all come together as a team,” Marshall said. “I got the assist and just saw my shot. It might not have been right at the right time, but I just felt it in my spirit, so I just let it go.”
The Lady Raiders started the district schedule 1-0, and that’s as much as they could ask for.
“We’re pretty stoked about the season and what is to come,” Marshall said. “We’ve been training and practicing for this moment.”
The Lady Raiders’ next game is after the holidays Jan. 7 against Hillsboro.
McGavock (42): Jada Johnson 23, Kamryn Marshall 10, Samera Hassan 6, Charisse Brooks 2 and Ja’Mya Gooch 1.
Hillwood (34): Aidan Hamilton 13, A’naya Claybrooks 8, Anniston Glynn 7, Kiyah Starks 4 and Marisela Baker 2.