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Greenfield girls give up only lead that matters

Greenfield girls give up only lead that matters
Greenfield girls give up only lead that matters

Double trouble — Yellowjacket seniors Dalton Potts (rear) and Tyler Jones work to slow down Humboldt’s Rendell Martin during the Vikings’ win over Greenfield on Friday night. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
The only lead that really matters in any game is the one at the final horn.
The Greenfield Lady Yellowjackets learned that the hard way on Friday night.
The host Greenfield girls led the opening tipoff until the Humboldt Lady Vikings hit a free throw to nab a one-point lead with 1.4 seconds left en route to the 35-34 win over Greenfield.
The Vikings earned the sweep by bombing from 3-point range and working along the baseline for short shots in taking a 73-55 triumph.
Greenfield fans watched the games with a heavy heart. A moment of silence was held before the game for Kay Durden who passed away on Thursday. Durden was the wife of longtime Greenfield coach and mentor to generations of Yellowjackets, Don Durden.
The Lady Jackets scored the first seven points of the  game on two baskets by Shameilla McMullen and a Jordan Galey 3-pointer.
Humboldt answered with seven consecutive points including a trey from Amber Pearson for the first of only two ties in the contest.
Emily Randolph put GHS back on top with a layup off an assist by Emily Allen. Another Galey trifecta boosted the lead to five before the Lady Jackets worked for the last shot of the quarter. Galey posted up, received the ball and then fed a pass across the lane to Randolph for a last-second layup and a 14-8 lead after a quarter.
Humboldt trimmed the gap back to two points at 14-12 with a fastbreak layup by Pearson off a Breuna Lenon assist and a Santia Pettigrew jumper after a Lady Jacket turnover.
Galey’s third 3-ball of the half and her two free throws helped the Lady Jackets carry a 20-14 lead into the halftime break.
In the third quarter, the contest became very physical with little offense from either side. Randolph put in four of the eight GHS points in the quarter, while Humboldt, which settled for jumpers that weren’t falling, managed just six to trail 28-20 after three.
In the fourth, the Greenfield lead twice peaked at nine points. The last such occasion at 33-24 came when Randolph scored down low off a pass from McMullen with 2:34 left in the contest.
Then Pettigrew began to find the range. She connected on consecutive 3-pointers to trim the gap to three at 33-30.
The Lady Vikings came up with a steal and Pearson hit one of two free throws with 59 ticks on the clock.
Galey managed one freebie for a 34-31 lead with 38 seconds to play.
Dominique Shivers nabbed the rebound of Galey’s missed free throw and drilled the third HHS 3-pointer of the quarter to knot the score at 34-all with 26 seconds left.
Another Greenfield ball-handling mistake gave Humboldt possession with 6.9 seconds left. The Lady Vikes threw a long pass to Shivers at halfcourt who fed the ball ahead to Pearson who missed in close. Pettigrew grabbed the rebound and was fouled on her putback. With 1.4 seconds remaining, she missed her first but hit her second free throw to give Humboldt a 34-34 lead and the District 14-A win.
Galey led all scorers with 14 points, while McMullen tallied 10 for GHS. Pettigrew’s 13 points topped the Lady Vikings totals.
In the boys game, Greenfield trailed the Vikings 7-5 after a Wes Clark 3-ball with 5:30 to play in the opening quarter. When the horn signaled the end of the frame, the Jackets trailed 25-7 thanks to a barrage of three treys from Antonio Brooks and eight points down low by Tevin Bryson.
Humboldt stretched its lead to 32 at 45-13 on a Desonte Bradford trey with 1:11 left in the half.
The Vikings led 45-16 heading into the third and 65-36 heading into the fourth quarter.
Greenfield made the score more respectable by outpacing Humboldt 19-8 in the last frame to fall 73-55 to the Vikings.
Clark topped GHS with 20 points, while Heath Crouse added 12. Brooks’ 18 points led Humboldt.
Dec. 3 at Greenfield
Humboldt (35) — Santia Pettigrew 13, Amber Pearson 8, Dominique Shivers 7, Breuna Lenon 5, Zana Morris 2.
Greenfield (34) — Jordan Galey 14, Shameilla McMullen 10, Emily Randolph 8, Emily Allen 1, Hannah Mosley 1.
3-pointers: Humboldt — Pettigrew (2), Pearson, Shivers; Greenfield — Galey (3).
Records: Humboldt 1-3 (1-0 District 14-A), Greenfield 3-2 (0-1 District 14-A).

Humboldt (73) — Antonio Brooks 18, Tevin Bryson 14, Quan Campbell 9, Devonte Pirtle 8, Xavier Jackson 5, Rendell Martin 4, JK Kimble 4, Desonte Bradford 3, Tyler Pipkin 3, Danus Sharp 2, Nick McIilly 2, Chris McIllay.
Greenfield (55) — Wes Clark 20, Heath Crouse 12, Graham Perkins 8, Jeremy Lannom 4, Tyler Jones 3, Dalton Potts 2, Hunter Crouse 2, Alex Roberts 2, Tony Robinson 2.
3-pointers: Humboldt — Brooks (4), Pirtle (2) Jackson, Bradford; Greenfield — Clark (4), He. Crouse.
Records: Humboldt 3-1 (1-0 District 14-A), Greenfield 2-3 (0-1 District 14-A).

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