Turnabout fair play as Greenfield takes sweep of its own
Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 12:03 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Greenfield bounced back after getting swept at home in its previous outing by getting a sweep of its own Tuesday night.
The Greenfield girls’ basketball team toppled District 14A powerhouse Bradford with clutch shooting in a big third period run, winning by a score of 46-38, while the boys had to fend off a fourth period comeback to win 56-51.
The Lady Yellowjackets improve to 8-2 on the season and 3-1 in District 14A. Bradford falls to 7-3 and 2-2.
Greenfield’s boys evened up their record at 4-4 and 2-2. The Bradford boys fall to 5-5 and 1-4.
Both Greenfield teams are at home against Union City Friday night and will host Westview on Monday night.
GHS 46, Bradford 38 (G)
Haley Rawls kick-started a 13-1 run to close out the third period with the second of her four 3-pointers of the game.
With the score tied 20-all at intermission, the teams traded leads three times before Rawls hit that 3-point shot to put Greenfield up for good.
The Lady ’Jackets hit seven 3-pointers in the game with three of them coming in the first period.
“I thought that was the big difference in the game (13-1 run),” Greenfield head coach Willie Trevathan said.
“We got a little balance on offense and were able to force a couple of turnovers and a couple of those shots went in. Haley hit a couple and Abbey (McDaniel) hit one big one during that run. Brittany (Peoples) got a steal and I think that one run was the total difference in the game.”
Greenfield scored 10 straight points before Bradford’s Jackilann Street broke it by hitting the front end of a two-shot trip to the foul line with 52.2 seconds left in the period.
Rawls hit her third 3-pointer of the game with just over three seconds left in the period and then hit her fourth and final 3-pointer to start the scoring in the final frame.
Both teams had trouble controlling the ball in the first with G’field committing eight turnovers and Bradford committing six. But neither team could take full advantage of the other’s miscues in the first half.
In the second half, though, the Lady Yellowjackets turned the Lady Red Devils’ mistakes into points and led by as many as 13 early in the fourth period.
“The main difference in the first and the second is we took better angles and better positions on defense than what we were playing in the first half. We were all out of whack in the first half,” Trevathan said.
Rawls and Bradford’s Street both had 16 points to lead in scoring.
Shameilla McMullen of Greenfield had eight points.
GHS 56, Bradford 51 (B)
The Yellowjackets had to hold off a surging Red Devils team in the fourth period to pick up a much-needed district win.
After jumping out to a commanding 30-11 halftime lead, the ’Jackets had trouble getting the ball to drop through the hoop in the third period and saw the Red Devils slowly eat away at their lead.
By the end of the third period, Greenfield’s lead went from 19 (30-11) at the half to only 10 (37-27).
“We were a little disappointed with the way we played the second half,” ’Jacket skipper Peter Angelos said.
“We started playing a little tentative and missed some layups in the third quarter that cost us. We knew they were going to make a run at us.”
Bradford’s Tyler McCart-ney was a one-man wrecking crew in the fourth period as he scored 11 of Bradford’s 24 points in the final frame.
McCartney made it a six-point game with 5:12 to play with his only 3-pointer of the game. But Tony Robinson quickly answered with a 3-pointer of his own to put the ’Jackets back up by nine.
After a pair of free throws by Hunter Crouse, Heath Crouse nailed one from beyond the arc to make it a 12-point game. With 2:50 to play, Bradford went a six-point run to cut the lead to five with 1:17 remaining.
River Street of the Red Devils made it a one-point game with 59.5 seconds to play when he hit a free throw after being fouled while making a 2-point basket.
It was clutch free throw shooting that allowed the Yellowjackets to preserve the lead and the win.
With 25.6 remaining, Robinson hit two big three throws to make it a six-point game.
“We were able to weather the storm and make some free throws down the stretch and make some plays. We’ve had trouble with free throws this year so it was good to see us step up in pressure situation and knock them down. It was really the first time we’ve done that this year and it was good to see,” Angelos said.
Greenfield had three players score in double digits with Heath Crouse getting 16,
Robinson 15 and Hunter Crouse with 12.
McCartney finished with a game–high 24 points. Published in The WCP 12.15.11