Jackets ready to advance into uncharted territory

Jackets ready to advance into uncharted territory

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 11:46 am
By: Stephanie Sturgis – Weakley County Press Sports Editor

Jackets ready to advance into uncharted territory

Best seats in the house — Yellowjackets (from left) Hunter Dixon, Austin Pence, Jeremy Lannom and Zack Grooms all watch Alex Roberts shoot during their District 14-A tourney quarterfinal win over Peabody Tuesday night. GHS advanced with a 58-44 win.
The Greenfield Yellowjackets are about to take a journey that none of them have experienced before.
With a 58-44 win over the host Peabody Golden Tide on Tuesday night, the Jackets earned a berth in both the District 14-A semifinals and the regional tournament.
While the Greenfield basketball roster is dotted with members of the school’s successful baseball program, not one current Jacket has ever played in a regional hoops game. The last time the Jackets advanced to the basketball regional was in 2005.
“We’re really proud of our guys. This is the first time they’ve taken this step since they’ve been here,” fifth-year Greenfield head coach Pete Angelos said. “We’ve got a great group of seniors. All they want to do is win.”
Peabody had the upper hand early, jumping passing lanes for fastbreak chances and a 13-10 lead after a quarter.
Greenfield still committed turnovers in the second quarter, but the Tide failed to convert. Five different Jackets scored in an 11-4 run to open the second stanza that put Greenfield in front, 21-17.
Heading into the third frame, the Jackets held a 25-20 lead. Wes Clark’s early trey bumped the gap to eight. Peabody sliced its deficit to four on an Adrian Buchanan layup with 2:43 to play in the third. Soon after Alex Roberts gave GHS breathing room with a trey.
Greenfield was ahead 39-34 with a quarter remaining. The Tide trimmed the gap to a half dozen on a Tyler Gadlin basket, but fouled on the play, he missed the free throw. As the Jacket fans’ excitement increased so did the team’s cushion. Graham Perkins scored on a driving layup and put in another hoop off a Clark pass for a 46-36 lead with just over 5 minutes left on the clock.
Peabody never got any closer than eight the rest of the way as the Jackets hit on 8-of-12 free throw tries to help gain the 58-44 win.

District 14-A Tournament
Quarterfinals
Feb. 15 at Trenton
BOYS
Greenfield (58) — Heath Crouse 18, Graham Perkins 13, Wes Clark 9, Tyler Jones 8, Alex Roberts 5, Tony Robinson 3, Dalton Potts 2.
Peabody (44) — Tyler Gadlen 18, Jeremy Vaughn 15, Dylan Slayton 4, Adrian Buchanan 3, Dalton Craddock 2, Quenton Johnson 2
3-pointers: Greenfield — Clark, Roberts, Robinson; Peabody — Gadlen (4), Vaughn.
Records: Greenfield 16-9, Peabody 18-8.

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