G’field turnovers allow Vikings to pull away
Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:02 am
The Greenfield girls made it a split by avenging one of their early season losses, winning 52-30.
In the boys game, the Jackets stood toe to toe with the Vikings, ranked No. 2 in last week’s Associated Press Class A poll.
Greenfield’s boys started well thanks to good spacing on offense. The Jackets repeatedly found Heath Crouse at the top of the lane in a soft spot in the defense. Crouse either drove, pulled up or dished to open teammates on the outside. As a result, GHS was up 10-6 on a Crouse jumper with 2:44 to play in the quarter.
The Vikings then began to penetrate for baskets and crash the boards when Jacket shots didn’t fall, closing the quarter on a 9-0 run to lead 15-10 after one.
In the second quarter, Greenfield again spread the scoring around and stayed within striking distance. Crouse, Dalton Potts, Graham Perkins and Alex Roberts each scored four points for the Jackets, but Humboldt still held the lead, 30-26, at halftime.
In the fateful third, Greenfield pulled ahead, 35-34, on a Crouse trey, four points from Perkins and a Tyler Jones jumper off a Wes Clark assist with five minutes remaining.
Then the turnover bug bit the Jackets. Greenfield committed a half dozen miscues the rest of the quarter. The errors turned into Viking layups and slam dunks as Humboldt stretched its lead to 47-36 at the end of three frames.
Once more comfortably ahead, the Vikes never eased up in the fourth and raced to the 69-48 victory.
Perkins topped all GHS scorers with 16, while Crouse added 15. Humboldt’s Quan Campbell led all scorers with 21 points.
In the girls game, the Lady Jackets learned a lesson from their first encounter with Humboldt and finished like champs.
In their early meeting, the Lady Vikings trailed throughout, but dominated the fourth quarter and snuck home from Greenfield with a 35-34 win.
In the second meeting between the two teams, the Lady Jackets outscored Humboldt 34-19 after halftime to finish strong.
In the opening frame, Shameilla McMullen started red hot for GHS with the game’s first six points, but turnovers by both teams kept scoring down. After a quarter, the Lady Jackets were in front, 8-4.
In the second quarter, Emily Randolph picked up the scoring load for the Lady Jackets with five points. Humboldt scored their points in transition, but still trailed GHS, 18-11, at the halftime break.
In the third, both teams increased their scoring. The Lady Jackets more than matched their first-half output with 19 points. Jordan Galey poured in seven points, while Randolph added eight. Even the Lady Vikings offense was more prolific with 14 points thanks to a trio of 3-pointers from Ashley Brown that kept Humboldt competitive, trailing 37-25 after three frames.
In the fourth, the Greenfield defense limited the Lady Vikings to five points. Both Galey and Randolph individually out-paced that total in the stanza as GHS picked up the 52-30 win.
Galey and Randolph topped Greenfield with 19 points each. McMullen finished with 11. Brown’s 11 topped Humboldt.
Jan. 14 at Humboldt
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