Lloyd, Galey go out as ‘stars’
Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 12:03 am
By MIKE HUTCHENS
While their last games in their respective school uniforms left a somewhat sour taste in their mouths, Westview’s Jacob Lloyd and Jordan Galey of Greenfield will now have sweet final memories of their prep basketball contest.
The two Weakley County hoop standouts were chosen to participate in the third annual TACA/BCAT All Star Game played at Middle Tennessee Christian School prior to their girls’ and boys’ state championship games in Murfreesboro.
Lloyd and Galey were nominated for the honor and contest — co-sponsored by the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association and the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee — by opposing coaches of their respective teams this year. The two standouts were each part of a roster of stars that included several Miss and Mr. Basketball finalists and players who have already either signed with or committed to Division I programs.
Lloyd, a multi-talented four-year starter at Westview who scored over 1,900 points in his career, went out in a blaze of glory in the all-star game with 26 points and seven assists for the West squad, which came out on the short end of a 133-121 racehorse matchup vs. the East.
“If it ends up being my last game in high school, I feel like I redeemed myself,” said the six-foot guard, whose Westview team was upset in the first round of the regional tournament after winning the District 13AA Tournament and finishing with a 24-9 record. “I really just wanted to go out, play hard and have fun.”
Galey, a four-year starter herself at Greenfield, indeed did that as well.
Forced from her normal frontcourt position to a guard position due to an abundance of bigger players, she reportedly had more than a half-dozen assists as she helped her team to a 90-85 victory.
After scoring 1,671 career points during her Lady ‘Jacket career, Galey claimed it was an honor to be chosen to be on the court one last time with high-quality teammates.
“It was a great experience for me and I feel so fortunate to have been picked to play in the game with so many good players,” she said.
Galey averaged 16 ppg her senior season that abruptly ended when GHS was eliminated in the first round of regional tournament play by Dresden.
While she is unsure about the prospects of playing on the next level despite multiple offers to do so from NAIA and a couple of junior colleges, Lloyd says he has aspirations and chances to play college ball.
“I know it’s what I want to do. I just haven’t decided where yet,” Lloyd said when confirming his interest and that of several schools who’ve contacted him concerning his services. “Mainly, I’m looking to get into a program where I can contribute immediately. I’m not much on sitting and watching. I want to play now.”
Westview head coach J.B. Suiter, who watched Lloyd light up Haywood for a school-record 52 points in a game this past season, is firmly in his corner concerning that possibility.
“He can play,” insisted Suiter, who listed Lloyd’s averages of 19 points, five rebounds and four assists during his senior campaign. “He did a phenomenal job of finding a way to help our team and program be successful. He was a good perimeter threat and a terror getting into the lane and to the front of the rim.
“In addition to being a very good all-around player, he’s an outstanding young man, too.”
While Galey has yet to make up her mind about extending her hoop career, she does have a higher plan.
She says she’ll have 21 college credit hours when she graduates from Greenfield High this spring and has aspirations of majoring in English and then going to law school.
She’s admittedly given up a lot of things while polishing her skills on the prep level and said, “I’m really just not sure if I want to play college ball or focus on academics.
“It’s (the decision) really on my mind now.”
Galey said her favorite high school memory was scoring her 1,000th career point as a junior vs. Gleason when the Lady Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the state.
Greenfield coach Willie Trevathan said Galey was a good representative for all things Black and Orange at the All-Star game.
“We’re really proud that Jordan was selected to play for the game,” Trevathan said. “I know she represented our school, our program and our town in a positive manner.”