Greenfield needs solid second halves to top SF
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 12:55 pm
After posting only 17 points in the first half, the Greenfield Lady Yellowjackets outscored the host South Fulton girls, 35-17, after the intermission on the way to a 52-46 triumph.
The Greenfield boys also needed a big finish to earn a 57-48 win over the South Fulton Red Devils. The Jackets tallied as many points in the third quarter as South Fulton did in the entire second half to erase a three-point halftime deficit and take a District 14-A victory.
In the girls game, the Lady Jackets were out of synch in the first half. The Greenfield girls tried to work the ball inside, but turnovers on entry passes plagued the Orange and Black. South Fulton took advantage of those miscues, finding the range from the perimeter. Three different Lady Red Devils nailed 3-pointers in the opening quarter. Taleeah Cross was among the trio of SF players drilling a shot from behind the 3-point line. Cross, though, also did damage by driving in and scoring against the Greenfield defense. Cross had nine of South Fulton’s 17 first-quarter points. Greenfield managed just five points in the opening frame with three of those coming from the free-throw line. Over the course of the game, the charity stripe proved to be a boon to the Lady Jackets. The Greenfield girls made more free throws (23) than the Lady Red Devils attempted (13).
The SF lead peaked at a dozen, 19-7, in the first minute of the second quarter and again at halftime. Laken Haley’s spinning jumper with seven second to play in the quarter gave South Fulton a 29-17 halftime advantage.
The tables turned in the second half. The Lady Jackets did a much better job of passing the ball on offense, working around the perimeter until a player came clear in the paint or outside for an open jumper. Jordan Galey and Shameilla McMullen were the beneficiaries. Galey poured in 14 of her game-high 26 points in the third quarter. McMullen added eight of her 17 total points in the frame.
The Lady Jackets scored the first 13 points of the third to grab the lead, 30-29, on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Galey with 4:23 to play in the quarter.
South Fulton needed more than four minutes to light their side of the scoreboard for the first time in the second half. Kalea Martin’s 4-foot jumper did little to slow the Greenfield girls’ momentum. The Lady Jackets scored six more points before SF’s Cori Jo Edmison’s trey in the quarter’s final minute. Galey answered that shot with her second 3-pointer of the quarter for a 39-34 GHS lead heading into the fourth.
Through the fourth quarter, the Lady Jackets hit 8-of-11 free throws in the final frame to hold back every SF rally try.
In the boys game, the Jackets also struggled early. While nearly early Greenfield shot clanged off the front of the rim, everything the Devils put in the air slipped through the net for an 18-12 lead after a quarter.
The Devils’ lead stretched to double digits, 22-12, on a Montre Lewis free throw 39 ticks into the second quarter.
Hunter Crouse, who came up with key plays whenever he was on the court, put in a stickback on the next GHS possession to ignite a 9-2 run that pulled the Jackets within three, 24-21, with 2:22 to play in the half.
Fouled outside the 3-point line, SF’s Harrison Hawks made all three free throws to halt the Greenfield run, but the Jackets now had a rhythm on offense. Alex Roberts knocked down a big 3-pointer in the final minute of the half to send the Jackets into the locker room trailing, 30-27.
Wes Clark tied the game at 32-all with an old-fashioned 3-point play at the 5:11 mark of the third and hit two free throws nearly two minutes later to give Greenfield its first lead, 36-35, since the game’s opening minutes.
Heading into the fourth, the Jackets were on top, 40-37. Jordan Davis’ short jumper cut the GHS lead to a point for the first points of the fourth, but Clark nailed a long trey to give Greenfield some breathing room.
The Jackets, just like the GHS girls, took care of business at the free-throw line the rest of the way. Greenfield connected on 10-of-14 free throws in the quarter to expand their lead and take the 57-48 win.
Clark topped all scorers with 21 points. Heath Crouse finished with 11 for GHS. Hawks’ 12 points led South Fulton.
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