RICHBURG — A standing-room only crowd in the Lewisville High School gymnasium had an opportunity to witness a bit of history Friday with longtime Great Falls coach John Smith on the doorstep of win No. 900.
The crowd did not see Smith, South Carolinas winningest high school boys basketball coach, reach the 900-win milestone.
Instead, the Lewisville Lions made their own history with a 57-19 blowout victory over their eastern-Chester County rivals.
It marked the first time since the 2005-06 season that Lewisville had beaten Great Falls in boys basketball. And, it was the first time in nearly 10 years since the Lions had won their first three games in region play.
And for Great Falls, one has to wonder if the 19-point output was the lowest in the long, storied tenure under Smith.
Following the loss, Smith was at a loss for words.
All I can say tonight is congratulations to Lewisville, Smith said.
The Red Devils, 2-2 in Region 3-A, struggled offensively from the opening tip. An offensive rebound and put-back from forward David Jeter was the lone Great Falls points in the first quarter.
Six more points were added on two more field goals and two free throws in the second, accounting for only eight points in the first half.
The Lions also struggled early with only eight points in the first, but gradually created breathing room in the second. Kale Worthy sank a deep 3-pointer after converting a basket on an offensive rebound for a 17-6 lead with 2:46 remaining in the half.
Lewisville went to the line and netted seven-of-eight attempts the rest of the half for a 24-8 advantage.
It was the third quarter when Lewisville applied the dagger. Guard Dre Bailey sank a 3-pointer, and later, was fouled while converting a layup following a steal.
Reserve guard Evan Sisk ended the 15-6 third-quarter surge with a jumper from beyond the arc for a 39-14 Lions lead, which left little doubt of the outcome.
Lewisville coach Larry Davis credited his teams solid defensive effort, while at the same time, giving credit to the Great Falls basketball dynasty.
We continued to keep the pressure on defensively, even though we need more consistency on offense, Davis said. We want to make defense our staple point and we want our guys to understand that.
Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships. Tonight, we drew seven charging fouls and got several steals.
Lewisville, 8-9 and 3-0 in Region 3-A, was led by Dre Bailey with 17 points and Kale Worthy with 12.
Lewisville 57, Great Falls 19
Great Falls D.D. Boulware 2, Nigel Simpson 5, O.B. Holmes 2. David Jeter 4, Clark Schofield 2, Chris Culp 4.
Lewisville Dre Bailey 17, Jarius Elder 6, Jerome Cousar 6, Kale Worthy 12, Qua Walls 6, Evan Sisk 3, Garrett Mullis 5,
3-pointers Lewisville 4 (Bailey 2, Worthy 1, Sisk 1), Great Falls 0. Team fouls Lewisville 15, Great Falls 16. Fouled out None.
Records: Lewisville 8-9, 3-0 in Region 3-A; Great Falls 6-8, 1-2.