’Jackets get quick jump on ’Dogs
Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:02 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Perhaps it was the shroud of dense fog that the enveloped the region Monday night, but whatever it was, Greenfield swept county rival Gleason by breaking out into big early leads in both games.
The Yellowjackets got the upper hand in both games with the girls taking a 39-22 win and the boys getting the blowout 54-31 at Gleason.
Haley Rawls had the hot hand in the first period for the Lady Yellowjackets, draining a pair of three-pointers. The Lady ’Jackets led 12-5 after the first frame and never looked back. Rawls and Shameilla McMullen did all of the scoring in the opening period with Rawls scoring eight of game high 14 points and McMullen chipping in four points.
The second period saw the Lady ’Jackets add to their lead. Greenfield kept working the ball around and found open shots from three-point range, hitting two of them, with Abbey McDaniel and Emily Allen each hitting one.
But Greenfield went cold under the basket thanks to a tight defense by Gleason. By the end of the half the Lady ’Jackets had a 20-10 lead.
“We were fortunate to make a few shots in the first half. Haley made some big baskets in the first period and that was a big difference,” Greenfield head coach Willie Trevathan said.
Both teams struggled offensively in the third period with Gleason’s Jaclyn Montgomery making the only basket for the Lady Bulldogs. Rawls had several open shots from three-point range but could not get any to sink.
That was much of the way the rest of the Lady Yellowjackets shot in the third period.
Both teams picked up the scoring pace in the final frame with Rawls once again finding herself open in three-point range, this time hitting a pair of them. Kalee Kesterson also hit a three and Rachel Roberts hit one from beyond the arch. Roberts finished with six points, both coming from three-pointers in the second half.
“We did not shoot very well in the third period, but we made them when we needed them. I thought we gave a good effort for the game, but our free throw shooting left alot to be desired,” Trevathan said. The Lady ’Jackets went 2-of-8 from the line.
Briana Jones led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points, scoring six points in the fourth period.
Gleason had trouble throughout the game finding open shots and only hit eight baskets for the game.
“We did not have many shots for the game and they made their shots. We did not play well offensively at all. We have some young girls on the team and they have got to make plays,” Gleason head coach Joel Ayers said.
The boys’ game got out of hand early for the Bulldogs as they struggled to make plays both on offense and defense. The Yellowjackets forced the Bulldogs into several mistakes using a pressure defense in the first period.
Greenfield outscored Gleason 13-0 in the first period. Greenfield’s Tony Robinson hit a pair of threes to lead the scoring in the first period.
Gleason did not get its first points until there was 2:56 left in the first half. By that time Greenfield had stormed out to a 20-2 lead. Heath Crouse scored 10 of his game high 16 points in the first half. Gleason managed to score seven more points in the second period with all seven coming from the charity stripe. Greenfield led 27-9 at the half.
“We could not buy a bucket in the first half. Poor shooting was a big issue for us and they jumped out to a big lead,” Bulldog head coach Jamie Roney said.
“The big thing we had to do in the first half was to pressure them and force the issue and lead to a lot of points for us,” Yellowjacket head coach Peter Angelos said.
Gleason fought and clawed its way back into the game in the third period, scoring two quick buckets from Ethan Terrell before Graham Perkins answered with 15-foot jumper.
Gleason went on a 10-point run with the help of a pair of three-pointers by Avery Orr from the corner to pull to within six, making the score 29-23 with 2:30 to play in the third. Crouse hit a three-pointer to end Gleason’s run.
The ’Jackets had three players in double figures for the game with Hunter Crouse scoring 11 points and Robinson scoring 10. Terrell led Gleason in scoring with 12 points and Orr scored 11.
Published in The WCP 11.22.11