RUTLEDGE - The Greeneville girls shut down Grainger on its own floor to stay perfect in District 2-3A play after a 59-37 victory on Friday night.
Lady Devil Coach Anett Watts said, “This was a must win for us, we fooled around and let Dobyns-Bennett beat us last week. Our team was a team that I didn’t know, but by-golly we have worked hard and we’re back to playing Greeneville basketball now”.
It back and forth in the early part of the first quarter with seven ties or lead changes until Dalaina Martin hit a free-throw-line jumper to give the Lady Devils some breathing room at 13-8 with just under two minutes left in the first quarter.
Then with time winding down Lauren Bailey was fouled as she drove the basket for a three-point play the hard way with eight seconds remaining. Bailey followed by stealing the ball before hitting a short jumper at the horn for a 20-12 Lady Devil lead at the end of one quarter of action.
Chloe Marsh set the tone for the second quarter with a nice up-and-under layup to give the lady Devils a 10-point lead. The lead grew to 15 points when Tambryn Ellenburg nailed a three-pointer from the elbow. Marsh made two from the charity stripe and the Lady Devils took a 32-17 lead into halftime.
Marsh hit a short jumper while falling away and Bailey made a spin move in the lane to get the second half going. Then it was Bailey with the steal and dish ahead to Anna Shaw for the easy layup and the Lady Devils had made a statement with a 20-point lead at 38-18 with six minutes to go in the third.
Ellenburg swished another triple from elbow as did Shaw and the Lady Devils took a 51-25 advantage into the final quarter.
Both coaches cleared their benches in the final frame and the Lady Devils cruised to a 59-37 victory. Greeneville improves to 7-0 in District 2-3A play. They will finish out league action on Tuesday when Cocke County visits Hal Henard.
Marsh led Greeneville with 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Lindy Carter and Anna Shaw both put in 12 points.
Ellenburg 6, Bailey 7, Carter 12, Marsh 14, Jobe 2, Shaw 12, Martin 4, Adkins 2
Rutherford 6, Tanner 6, Dossett 2, Hurst 15, Scott 3, Hayes 2, Sneed 3
Greeneville 80, Grainger 47
In boys action on Friday Greeneville's freshmen sensation Trey Thompson came out and let his presence be know early by scoring 14 of his game high 25 points in the first quarter as he helped the Greene Devils earn an 80-47 win at Grainger.
Thompson scored on four consecutive trips down the court to get the night started. First an eight-foot jump shot, then an up and under layup, a three-point play the old-fashioned way, and a triple from the top of the key as the Devils went up 26-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Zaydyn Anderson hit a triple to open the second quarter followed by a triple from the top of the key by Hayden Goad. The Devils took a 41-12 lead when Thompson followed his own miss with a put-back at the 3:05 mark.
Adjatay Dabbs and Thompson each hit triples to finish out the second quarter and the Devils too a 46-21 lead into the break.
Greeneville's Kam Lester got back to back put-backs as the third quarter got underway and J.D. Woolsey found Lester behind the arc for a three pointer as the Devils' lead reached 55-22 lead with five minutes remaining in the third.
Coach Brad Woolsey would rotate his bench in from that point on and the Devils went to an 80–47 win. Every player available for the Devils played and scored in the contest, including three in double figures, Thompson with 25, Lester with 11 and Anderson with 10.
Coach Woolsey said of his team “We were focused, our moto is if we show up we’re going to try to show out. We don’t see any game as bigger than the other…..in terms of weight this is obviously a heavier game because it’s a conference game”.
Thompson 25, Lester 11 Anderson 10, Dabbs 7, Price 9, Woolsey 7, Goad 3, Franklin 2, Tweed 2, Moore 2, McMahon
Branson 15, Williams 7, Solomon 8, Smith 3, wells 6, Burchett 5, Makey 2