Hammond swept Ben Lippen and Cardinal Newman came away with a road split at Augusta Christian on Friday night in SCISA Region 1-3A basketball play.
Hammond’s boys team (8-15, 3-4) moved into third place in the standings thanks to a 66-59 win over the Falcons at home. The Skyhawks broke open a close game with a 25-16 burst in the third quarter. Derek Snelgrove had a double double (15 points, 13 rebounds) for Ben Lippen (8=15, 2-5).
Elaine Epting tallied 18 points and Kaki Smith added 16 as the Hammond girls (6-16, 2-5) scored a 48-42 win. Emma Cummings and Corrie Hester led Ben Lippen (5-15, 0-7) with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
In Georgia, the top-ranked Cardinal Newman boys had little trouble dispatching the host AC Lions, 80-50. The Cardinals girls, however, saw its upset bid fall short with a flat performance in the third quarter.
Matt Erdman led the top-ranked Cardinals (23-2, 6-0) to their 10th straight win, scoring 17 points. Timmy Cunningham (13 points) and Dalton Halfacre (10) offered double-digit support.
CN jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first quarter and expanded the advantage to 39-19 by halftime.
In the opener, the Cardinals were within 25-24 at halftime, but tough Lions established command with a 12-4 run in the third quarter. Chelli Nottoli led Cardinals Newman (12-9, 3-3) with 10 points.
Augusta Christian (15-7, 5-1) plays at Heathwood Hall on Tuesday with a chance to gain a share of first place with the Highlanders, who were idle on Friday.
SCISA Region 1-3A boys standings
Cardinal Newman 6-0, Heathwood Hall 5-1, Hammond 3-4, Ben Lippen 2-5, Augusta Christian 0-6.
SCISA Region 1-3A girls standings
Heathwood Hall 6-0, Augusta Christian 5-1, Cardinal Newman 3-3, Hammond 2-5, Ben Lippen 0-7.