Hornets sting Grady boys for top spot in sub-region; girls return favor, sink S. Atlanta for sub-region title

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The No. 1 spot in the sub-region was on the line for both Grady Knights basketball teams as they squared off against the South Atlanta Hornets on Friday.

Riding a seven-game win streak into Friday’s sub-region championship game, the Hornets’ boys team sought to foil the Knights on their Senior Night.  The much-anticipated showdown was unfortunately one-sided as the Hornets routed the Grey Knights, 77-47.

The news was much better for the Lady Knights, who dominated the Lady Hornets for the whole game, clinching the No. 1 spot in the sub-region with a 68-42 victory.

The boys, however, were stung from the opening tip. The Hornets hit two big 3’s to start the game off putting Grady down by six almost immediately. The Knights never led in the game. The red-hot Hornets led by 15 in the second quarter, forcing Grady to take a timeout before the game got out of control.

Two turnovers forced by South Atlanta junior guard Tyrius Walker led to easy baskets for Kivon Taylor and Brandon Watkins, and the Knights cut the lead to eight at half time.

In the second half, the Hornets applied full-court pressure, which forced Grady into turnovers that resulted in easy layups for the Hornets. While their press wreaked havoc, the Hornets quickly extended the lead back to double digits.

The Knights offense was just not in sync the whole game. Deep missed shots by the Knights created long rebounds and more easy transition baskets for the Hornets. The Hornets continued to apply pressure and had a comfortable lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Hornets fast-paced offense also helped them cruise to the easy victory.

The Knights’ next game will be Thursday Feb. 14 at South Atlanta where they will play the winner of the game between Carver and Chamblee.

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