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Indians Outlast Panthers in 10th Region Semi-Finals

March 11, 2014
Augusta Independent Schools

     The Augusta Panthers faced the unenviable task of playing the region's favorite, the Montgomery County Indians, in the 10th region semifinals.  The two squads had faced each other earlier with the Indians claiming a 89-59 victory.  Everyone knew this one would be much different.  The first half would be a 2 man show for the Panthers in the scoring column.  Brent Bach and Connor Maddox helped the Panthers take an 18-14 lead after 1 quarter.  In the 2nd quarter it was much of the same.  Augusta's team defense plus Bach and Maddox shooting the ball helped keep Montgomery County in check and the Panthers led at the break, 28-27. 
     In the 3rd quarter Augusta would draw first blood with a Bach basket to put the Panthers up 30-27.  But the Indians would score the next 12 points to take a 39-30 lead prompting an Augusta timeout.  But Augusta wasn't finished.  The Panthers came storming back and closed out the 3rd quarter down 45-42.  Hope was still alive for Augusta with the game tied at 53 apiece with 3:37 remaining. Unfortunately for the Panthers though, Montgomery County would close out the game from that point on a 16-5 run to close out the game to move on to the finals, 69-58.  In his final game as an Augusta Panther Brent Bach finished with 34 points, leading all scorers.  He was joined in double figures by Connor Maddox with 19 points, including 5 three-pointers, bringing his post-season total to 18.  Augusta would fall to 20-12 thus ending one of the more historic and memorable seasons in Augusta history.
Scoring vs. Montgomery County: Bach 34, Maddox 19, Snapp 4, Crawford 1

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