Stephens County comes up just short in a basketball doubleheader in Dahlonega.
It was a battle of the Lady Indians and Indians as Stephens County traveled west Friday night to visit Lumpkin County in a Region 8-AAAA match-up.
In the girls’ game, Stephens County fought back from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game, but Lumpkin County re-took the lead late and held on for a 54-53 win.
Stephens County cut it to one point with two seconds left, but could not foul Lumpkin to stop the clock before time expired.
Emily Mote led Stephens County with 14 points, while Audresha Merritt chipped in with 13 points and Mya Cleveland added 12.
Rylie Vaughan led Lumpkin County’s girls with 14 points and Lacy Robinson added 11.
The Stephens County Lady Indians fell to 11-10 overall and 2-2 in region play with the loss, while Lumpkin County improved to 5-16 overall and 4-2 in the region.
Moving to the boys’ game, Lumpkin County used 11 three-pointers to come from behind in the second half and beat Stephens County 62-54.
Evan Bafile hit five threes to lead Lumpkin County with 15 points. Johnathan Gilreath scored 11 and Malik Anderson added 10 points for Lumpkin.
Tavoris Davis scored 14 points to lead Stephens County, while Josh Slate scored 12 points and Chris Jones added 11.
Stephens County drops to 3-18 overall and 0-4 in the region with the loss, while the win moves Lumpkin to 12-9 overall and 3-3 in the region.
Stephens County returns home Tuesday to host Chestatee in another region match-up.
Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday with air time on AM 630 WNEG and wnegradio.com set for 5:45 p.m.