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Lady Rebels Lock Down Late To Top North Greene 71-50

Lady Rebels Lock Down Late To Top North Greene 71-50
Written by 
Tate Russell
December 4, 2022

The shorthanded North Greene girls battled hard on Friday night, but South Greene’s defense shut them down late on the way to pulling away to a 71-50 win over their cross-county rivals.

“It was a weird game. They were down some players, but the foul count kind of hurt us in the first half and didn’t let us play how we wanted to,” South Greene coach Stephen Gregg said. “In the second half we got to play a little more, and it started paying off in the fourth quarter.  We challenged the girls all night, but we started seeing it in the fourth quarter and we cracked them a little bit.”

Friday’s final period started with South Greene leading 50-44 in what had been a back-and-forth contest for the first 24 minutes. With 6:35 left Ryleigh Gregg sank a three-pointer from the wing for the Lady Rebels’ first double-digit lead at 55-44.

Haley Bailey came down the baseline for a North Greene layup on the next possession to cut the lead to nine points, but then South Greene came up with a series of stops that propelled a 10-0 run and a 65-46 lead.

Emma Cutshall knocked down a three pointer in the run and Madison Hensley put in five of her game-high 27 points.

“I bragged on Madison in the locker room, we needed more people cutting into the lane and going one-on-one to the bucket,” Gregg said. “I didn’t want to live and die by the three. We had opportunities to cut to the bucket, and Madison kind of took over by doing that. That was good to see from her. We have multiple girls that can score, and tonight she stepped up.”

North Greene’s Sonya Wagner broke the streak with a triple for North Greene as part of her 21-point night.

Jordyn Roderick, Cutshall and Hensley all then got buckets in the paint as the South Greene took its biggest lead at 71-49 before earning its 21-point win over cross-county rival.

Friday’s action started with North Greene down three starters and with only six players available, but Wagner almost single handedly kept the Lady Huskies in the game early.

In the opening minutes she answered triples from Cutshall and Hailey Brooks with a pair of floaters. Wagner then tied the game at 6-6 with a mid-range jumper from the right wing.

With 4:59 left in the first quarter she put North Greene in front at 9-8 when she pulled up for a triple from the left side.

Roderick took a steal the distance to put South Greene back in front, and when she hit a corner three the Lady Rebels led 15-9.

The first quarter closed with South Greene leading 20-13.

Bailey scored North Greene’s first four points of the second quarter before Wagner drove to the block and tapped in a runner while fading away to close the gap to 22-19.

Hensley and North Greene’s Mercy Buchanan then traded triples in a 10-second span.

Hensley went coast to coast with a steal at the midway point in the quarter to put South Greene in front 31-22, but North Greene would not go away.

Buchanan banked in another three ball and finished the half with a pair of free throws that cut South Greene’s lead to 35-31 at halftime.

South Greene began to pull way again at the start of the third quarter with Hensley twice connecting from long range to push the advantage to 44-35.

The Lady Huskies then closed the gap to 48-44 after a layup by Ella Head and a put back by Wagner with 1:16 left in the period.

Hensley stretched the lead to 50-44 at the close of the quarter by cutting through the lane and laying one off the glass.

Roderick was also in double figures for South Greene with 19 points, Cutshall had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Bailey had 14 points and Buchanan had 10 points for the Lady Huskies.

North Greene 13 18 13 6 50

South Greene 20 15 15 21 71

North Greene: Wagner 21, Bailey 14, Buchanan 10, Gaby 3, Head 2

South Greene: Hensley 27, Roderick 19, Cutshall 10, Brooks 6, Hoese 4, Gregg 3, Susong 2

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