’Jackets sweep away another county rival
Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 12:01 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
For the second night in a row, both Greenfield teams found themselves on the winning end with a sweep of a county rival.
Monday night it was Gleason, and Tuesday it was Dresden’s turn to face the red-hot Greenfield teams. Both Yellowjacket clubs are 2-0 in the young season with the home opener wins over Dresden.
The Lady Yellowjackets won 40-31 behind some timely shooting and a stout defense. In the boys’ game, Greenfield won 65-47 with the hot shooting of Heath Crouse.
G’field 40, Dresden 31 (G)
For the second straight night, the Lady Yellowjackets jumped out to a big lead and forced the issue. The Lady Lions’ shooting was off throughout the first period of action as they found themselves behind 12-1 at the end of the first period with their only point coming off of a Jessica Jones free throw.
While the Lady Lions could not buy a bucket in the first period, the Lady ’Jackets had no problem making their timely shots. Shameilla McMullen and Abby McDaniel each hit a three-pointer to pace Greenfield.
After the second period started, the Lady Lions settled down and found themselves in the bonus as Greenfield got into early foul trouble. But even with the trips to the charity stripe, Dresden was still not hitting the baskets. The Lady Lions went 3-of-6 from the line in the period. But thanks to a three-pointer from Jones, they were able to pull to within 10 late in the period.
Haley Rawls, who had the hot hand from three-point range the previous night, got into foul trouble with 3:40 left in the first half and sat out the rest of half. Rawls picked up her third foul after she hit a three-pointer to put the Lady Yellowjackets up 14-5. Greenfield led 19-9 by the end of the first half.
“The foul trouble was a big issue for us. I hate to have to pull Haley out, but our bench came in and maintained what we had going,” Lady ’Jackets head coach Willie Trevathan said.
With three fouls on Rawls, Trevathan elected to sit her until for most of the third period. The Lady Yellowjackets kept up the pressure, though, as Kalee Kesterson came in for Rawls and forced the Lady Lions to send her to the foul line twice in the period, making all four free throws. Both teams got into foul trouble in the second half.
“I was real proud of bench. Kalee come off the bench and provided a spark effort-wise, and she has played well the past couple of nights,” Trevathan said.
The Lady Lions kept pecking at the lead in the third period with Jones hitting a pair of three-pointers and Carrie Hatchel adding from beyond the arch to pull within seven. The Lady Lions trailed 27-20 at the end of the third period.
Rawls was back in for the fourth period and hit two threes to finish with 10 points. McMullen led Greenfield with 14 points. Jones of the Lady Lions led all scorers with 15 points and made three three-pointers. Amy McAlpin scored eight of her 10 points in the final period for the Lady Lions.
G’field 65, Dresden 47 (B)
In the boys’ game, it was the combined shooting of Heath Crouse, Hunter Crouse and Tony Robinson that led the way for Greenfield.
Those three scored 56 of Greenfield’s 65 points. Heath Crouse had an amazing night for the Yellowjackets with a game-high 29 points. Within a 20-second stretch in the second period, he hit three big baskets thanks to a pressure defense.
“Heath scored those six quick points in the first half and I told him he was not coming out of the game in the second half,” Yellowjackets head coach Peter Angelos said.
The first period started slow for both teams with the score tied at 7-7 near the end of the first period. That’s when Heath Crouse started to heat up and hit his first of two three-pointers of the game to put the ’Jackets up 10-7 at the end of the period.
Greenfield was up 12-7 in the second period when Heath Crouse went on his three basket run to put the ’Jackets up 18-7. But the Lions came right back with four baskets by Austin Daniel.
Daniel led the Lions in scoring with 16 points. Greenfield got into foul trouble in the second period and that enabled the Lions to keep pace. By the end of the first half, the ’Jackets lead had been cut to three, 27-24.
“We got them down 23-11 and then we relaxed and they made some shots. We know they were playing without their main guys tonight, but we wanted to look better than we did our first game,” Angelos said
The Yellowjackets could not miss in the second half as they piled on 38 points in the half thanks to Heath Crouse’s 15 points and Robinson’s 12. Robinson hit three three-pointers in the second half.
Dresden scored 23 points in the second half with 10 of the 23 coming from the free throw line and eight of those late in the game.
“It seems like we take a step forward and two steps back. Free throws were about all we were getting. We were not getting a lot out of our offense in place when we needed to,” Dresden head coach Tommy Dilday said.
Dilday said if the Dresden football team wins its semifinal game against Adamsville on Friday night, next week’s basketball games will be postponed.
He has four of his players on the football team.
Published in The WCP 11.24.11