BGA gets a win, Moran gets a grand
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
The battle under the boards was intense in BGA's 70-64 win over FRA last night. Attesting to that fact are FRA's Spence Jones (00) and BGA's Nathan Moran (5) and Zac Wracher. Becky Williams
After shooting miserably for three quarters, BGA found the mark in the fourth quarter, exploding for 32 points in the final eight minutes and sending Franklin Road Academy back to Nashville with a 70-64 loss after leading by as many as 14.
“Our kids just hung in and hung in and finally made some plays at the end,” said Wildcat Head Coach Len McNatt. “Our defense started it and we got some easy buckets because of our defense.”
|With this 3-point shot late n the first half, BGA senior Nathan Moran surpassed the 1,000 point mark for his career. Moran entered the game needing four points to reach the milestone. He pouted in 25 points in the second half, giving him 30 for the game and 1,026 for his career. Photos by Becky Williams
The final stanza was a reversal of the third period, when FRA dominated and broke open a one-point game at the half, taking momentum and a 49-38 lead into the fourth.
“There’s something special about this group. They play with heart. We had several chances to just fold.”
Needing only four points to reach 1,000 for his career, senior Nathan Moran struggled early against FRA, but a 25-foot jumper with 1:30 left in the second half put him at 1,001 for career. Getting past that point seemed to put him more at ease, as the 5-10 guard poured in 25 more in the second half, 14 in the decisive fourth quarter, to finish the game with 30.
“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” a modest Moran said after the game. “This was a team win; it wasn’t just me.”
The Wildcats shot only 32% from the floor in the first 24 minutes, including 4-of-20 from the 3-point arc. In the fourth quarter, BGA hit 11-of-15 (73%), including a torrid 4-of-7 from the arc.
Zac Wracher and Terrell Webster kept BGA in the game in the first half, not only with their offense, but stifling defense that was aided by Andrew Cowie’s defense. Both ended the night with nine points each. Noah Mayberry helped ignite the comeback with a critical three-pointer early in the fourth, scoring five his total eight in the last period. Webster scored seven of his eight in the first half.
With the win, BGA moves to 10-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Division II-A East/Middle District.
On the girls’ side Coach Grover Levy’s charges battled back from an early deficit to have a shot at the district leading Lady Panthers of FRA before falling 54-50. Freshman Allison Cowie tossed in 13 points and teammates Sarah Puryear (12) and Caroline Abbott assisted with scoring.
The loss leaves BGA 3-7 on the season, 0-1 in the district. But Levy likes the direction the young team is headed, especially after playing three of the toughest programs in the state in Harpeth Hall, Brentwood Academy and Franklin Road Academy.
“I told the girls I’d rather be 3-7 and be tested heading into the meat of the schedule than be 9-1 and think you’re really good and you’re not.”
Levy has an extremely young team and will continue to rely on Cowie, who started last year as an eighth-grader and posted 23 double-doubles (points and rebounds in a game).
“She’s tough. She’s kind of our measuring stick. As she goes, we go.”
BGA’s boys will face Ensworth tonight at home, while the girls will get a night off before hosting the BGA Christmas Invitational December 27-29 at the Cherry Sports Complex.
BGA head coach Len McNatt was working hard from the sidelines in last night's 70-64 victory over FRA.
Posted on: 12/20/2013