Greenfield schools Rebels
Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 12:02 am
This past Monday night in Greenfield, the Lady Yellowjackets handed the Lady Rebs their failing grade early with a huge 58-27 defeat and Greenfield found itself having to come from behind in the second contest and top off the night with a 56-51 win for the sweep.
Coming off a strong showing at the Christmas tournament in Huntingdon, the Lady Yellowjackets continued their hot streak against their neighbors from District 13-A. Utilizing Jordan Galey from the outside and Emily Randolph from the inside, the home team led from the start and never allowed the visitors to reach double-digit scoring in any of the four quarters.
As McKenzie seemed content to start the contest in a zone defense, Galey made the Lady Rebs pay with two straight 3-pointers. Emily Allen added the third consecutive three for Greenfield and the Lady Yellowjackets opened with a 9-2 start at the six-minute mark. Randolph scored inside and joined the three club with a shot from the top of the key and the Lady Yellowjackets led 18-6 at the end of one.
Galey hit another pair of threes in the second quarter, Allen added another and Randolph had her way in the post with 11 points. McKenzie managed just four points and the Greenfield lead ballooned to 39-10 at the half.
Lady Jacket Shameilla McMullen put up the first four points of what would be a low-scoring third for both squads. Travatia Bowden scored four of the Lady Rebels’ eight points – their largest point total thus far – but Greenfield commanded a 49-18 lead at the end of three quarters.
McCall Scates and Laura Rush came off the bench to add one more three each to the Greenfield total in the fourth and the Lady Yellowjackets took their first win of 2011 in convincing fashion, 58-27.
Randolph led all scorers with 20 points. Galey scored 15 on five 3-pointers. Bowden and Kelsey Carr each had six points for McKenzie.
In the second game, Greenfield opened with a 5-0 lead on a three from Wes Clark and a two from Dalton Potts. Perkins scored four inside and the Yellowjackets took a 9-2 lead much like in the first game of the night. The Rebels boys prove to be a tougher hill to climb, however, as Hunter Lowe began an eight-point personal scoring run with 2:19 left and McKenzie took the lead, 12-11. Clark kept Greenfield on top with a three and the Yellowjackets maintained a slim lead, 16-14, at the end of one.
McKenzie, behind Lowe, scored the first six points of the frame to pull ahead 20-16. Heath Crouse kept the Yellowjackets hanging around with six points and Clark hit a jumpshot just before the buzzer to push the momentum in favor of the Jackets, but the Rebels opened up a 33-28 lead at the break.
Max Arnold found the range in the third quarter, but Clark hit a crucial three to keep Greenfield within two, 38-36. Crouse contributed a shot from long distance, but the Rebels led 45-38 after three and appeared to have matters well in hand. Until the fourth quarter began, that is.
Tyler Jones opened the final quarter with an aggressive drive and shot for GHS. Trevor Willis hit one of two free throws, but McKenzie didn’t see any more points until the 2:52 mark as Greenfield began its comeback. A Crouse layup and a Clark three cut the lead to one, 46-45, and with two minutes and change on the board, Clark hit the jumper that put Greenfield in the lead for good. Crouse and Perkins contributed to the score and the Yellowjackets built a 52-46 lead on a McKenzie team that couldn’t buy a basket. The free-throw line proved to be the only redemption for the Rebels. Arnold split a pair and Lowe hit four of four attempts to pull McKenzie back within a single point, 52-51, and when Lowe’s three attempt fell way short, the Rebels were forced to foul and Greenfield ended the contest by cushioning the final score with free throws, 56-51.
Clark led the way with 20 points. Crouse scored 15 and Potts had 11. Lowe put up 20 for McKenzie in the losing effort.
Jan. 3 at Greenfield