BGA Wildcats can’t quite top Webb in tourney play


BGA Wildcats can’t quite top Webb in tourney play

STORY BY CHIP CIRILLO | PHOTO BY WHITNEY JARRELD

Battle Ground Academy came up a little short in a 56-50 loss to Webb in a Division II-A District 3 semifinal at Christ Presbyterian Academy on Friday night.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats (11-13) cut the deficit to four during the final minute, but couldn’t watch top-seeded Webb (22-6).

“They don’t have any quit in them,” BGA coach Jared Street said of his team. “That’s just really a testament to the program we have at BGA from football to basketball to baseball. We tell our kids it’s a never-die attitude. Keep fighting.”

BGA will play the Knowledge Academy-CPA loser in the third-place game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Webb faces the winner in the 8:30 p.m. championship.

Garnett Hollis Jr., a 6-foot-1 guard, led the Wildcats with 22 points and Nick Septimphelter added 12.

“We got down a little bit in the first half and we were just trying to get back in the lead, and we couldn’t do that in the time we had,” Hollis said. “A couple more ticks, a couple more minutes, I think we could have come out on top.”

Hollis has 19 offers in football as a wide receiver.

J.J. Platt led Webb with 16 points, Henry Moore had 14 and Keon Johnson scored 10.

Johnson, a 6-5 guard, has at least five Southeastern Conference offers, including Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

“I think we did a really good job of keeping him from getting going and getting easy looks,” Street said. “We didn’t make enough shots on the offensive end and sometimes that just happens.”

Webb has won two of three against BGA.

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