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Jr. Yellowjackets sweep past McKenzie in home openers

Jr. Yellowjackets sweep past McKenzie in home openers
Jr. Yellowjackets sweep past McKenzie in home openers | Greenfield Junior High basketball, Junior Yellowjackets, Heath Crouse, McKenzie Middle School Rebels

Left behind — Greenfield’s Heath Crouse leaves a McKenzie Rebel defender in his wake during the Junior Yellowjackets’ win Thursday night.
By Sara Reid
Special to The Press
Despite the presence or strong storms in the area, the spirits of both the Greenfield Junior High Yellowjackets and Lady Yellowjackets were not dampened as the teams took a pair of wins from the visiting McKenzie Rebels in contests on the hardcourt Thursday night.
The Lady Yellowjackets opened the night with a dominating defensive performance on the way to a 50-8 victory, while the Greenfield boys turned their offense up several notches in the second half of their game to transform what had been a close match-up into a convincing 49-21 victory.
In the first contest, McKenzie’s Latia Collins scored the game’s opening points with a pair of free throws and scored her team’s only other two points of the quarter. Greenfield, after falling behind early 4-2, took a 14-0 run into the second quarter behind a balanced scoring attack including a three-ball from Haley Rawls.
The Lady Yellowjackets’ fullcourt press held the Lady Rebels to just one point in the second quarter — a free throw from Kendra Gilmore — while putting up 19 points including five from both Taylor Hatcher and Kaitlyn Simmons.
Greenfield echoed its defensive performance in the third quarter, holding the Lady Rebels to just a free throw from Elizabeth Harper and though the Lady Jackets were out-scored in the final frame, 2-1, it wasn’t nearly enough to keep them from taking the 42-point victory, 50-8.
Leading the scoring for Greenfield was Hannah Mosely with 12 points. Hatcher added 11. In the losing effort, Collins put up four.
In the second game of the night, Greenfield had more of a handful with the undefeated Rebels, but were able to out-score the visitors 32-11 in the second half to seal the win.
McKenzie came out running behind speedy guard Storme Hilliard, but quickly found itself in the middle of an 8-0 Greenfield scoring run led by six points from Alex Roberts. At the end of one, the Jackets led 11-5.
Lightning knocked out the power temporarily right before the second quarter and seemed to slow the scoring. The Jackets won the points battle, 6-5, but missed four free throws.
In the third frame, Greenfield found the touch and behind seven points from Heath Crouse and six from Roberts out-scored the visitors 17-10 for the quarter to open up a 34-20 lead. Interestingly enough, in the third quarter, each team equaled its first-half offensive output.
The Jackets used the fourth quarter to put the contest out of reach, holding the Rebs to one Hilliard free throw while putting up 15 points on the way to a 49-21 win.
Roberts led the way for the victors with 14 points. Graham Perkins put up 12. Hilliard scored 10 points in the losing effort.

Weakley County Press Oct. 23, 2007

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