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PHOTOS: East Hall, Gainesville split games in Hall's longest-standing rivalry
Basketball
Gainesville's Eli Pitts drives past an East Hall defender during Monday's game in Gainesville.

The Gainesville boys started fast, picking up the first seven points against East Hall, then built another seven-point lead in the opening quarter as it beat East Hall 57-47 on Monday. In the second quarter, the Red Elephants (8-11) matched that seven-point lead with a 3-pointer by Eli Pitts, who finished with a game-high 18 points. 

The Red Elephants’ lead continued to grow as Luke Blackburn put in a basket, followed by Dylan Bobga’s quick thinking after a missed shot went off his teammates head, he grabbed the ball and stuck in back. After Pits’ second 3-pointer and an inside basket before halftime, Gainesville had its biggest lead of the night 31-18. 

Despite some shooting woes in the third quarter, the Red Elephants managed to finish possessions with second and third shots. Dee Buffington drilled a 3-pointer for the Red Elephants, while Pitts finished a 3-point play at the free throw line. Pitts also knocked down both shots from the line with one minute remaining to give Gainesville a 54-45 lead and an East Hall comeback doubtful. 

With the win, Gainesville remains the hottest team in Hall County, winning 8 of its last 9 outings. Up next, the Red Elephants host Dacula at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

East Hall (5-14) gets a few days rest before facing Fannin County on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

EAST HALL GIRLS 59, GAINESVILLE 34: Audrey Griffin’s 9 first-quarter points and three-straight 3-pointers by Callie Dale made for an easy Lady Vikings (8-13) win. Alexis Burce scored a game-high 19 for East Hall, while Dale scored 18 and Griffin chipped in 13. 

Down 20-6 late in the first quarter, Ganesville (7-13) rallied with the final five points of the opening eight minutes. Then early in the second quarter, Kyah Canty scored five straight for the Lady Red Elephants, knocking East Hall’s once big lead down to 20-19. 

Burce scored 7 of her 19 points in the second quarter, helping extend its lead to 32-22 at halftime. 

Sadie Roach had a team-high 12 points for Gainesville. 

Up next, Gainesville returns to region play with a 6 p.m. game against Dacula. East Hall returns to action with a home game against Fannin County at 6 p.m.

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