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Boards leads GAC to first-round win
Junior scores 19 in 67-53 victory

NORCROSS - Seventh-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian got off to a slow start Friday night, but a full-court press and Clarke Boards took care of those issues.

A stifling, second-quarter press and the outside shooting of Boards helped the host Spartans break away for a 67-53 over Macon County in the first round of the Class AA girls basketball playoffs.

GAC advances to play at Union County in the second round on Tuesday.

"It wasn't pretty, especially starting out," GAC coach Chan Means said. "But our press and some good shooting by Clarke Boards got us turned around. I'm pleased with our effort and with our defense, especially the steals that helped us get going."

The Spartans (20-9) had trouble penetrating a disciplined Macon County zone defense in the early going and cold outside shooting allowed the visiting Bulldogs to get out to an early lead in the first quarter. GAC scored just six points in the first quarter and Macon County enjoyed a slight lead, 10-6, at the end of the period.

A burst of production in the second quarter propelled the Spartans to a 28-20 halftime lead and they never looked back. GAC added another good quarter of scoring in the third to increase its lead to 49-34.

Sparking the effort was junior point guard Chaney Means, who finished with 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Boards had a game-high 19 points that included two 3-pointers in the pivotal second quarter.

The final quarter showcased some good ball handling by GAC, keeping the ball away from the taller Bulldogs to preserve the win.