Greenfield girls, Westview boys reach same spot
Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 12:03 pm
By MIKE HUTCHENS
The Greenfield girls and Westview boys took decidedly-different paths to arrive at the same destination.
The Lady Yellowjackets got surprise contributions from reserves Emily Allen and Andrea Smith late in the first half, then pulled away down the stretch in beating the Charger girls 59-41.
Westview’s boys, meanwhile, ran away and hid from host G’field after an even first period, winning convincingly 78-44 Monday night.
The split decision of Weakley County rivals left Greenfield at 9-3 on the girls’ side and the Charger boys 8-3. The Westview girls are now 7-4 and the Yellowjacket boys 4-6.
Westview plays one final time before Christmas — tonight at Union City — while Greenfield will enjoy an extended holiday break with its next action Jan. 3 at McKenzie.
Greenfield 59, WV 41 (G)
After an unsightly first 12 minutes that saw the two teams combine for nearly as many turnovers as points, Allen knocked down a 3-pointer and then a deuce to give G’field a 16-11 lead it would never lose.
Smith buried a deep three-ball in the final minute of the half to ensure a Yellowjacket halftime advantage and added another trifecta midway through the third period to help her team build and maintain a double-digit lead.
Haley Rawls, the focal point of Westview’s defense during the first half, canned two shots from outside the arc — the second of which allowed the host team to post a 37-29 lead after three.
Shameilla McMullen, who maneuvered her way inside for a game-high 21 points, converted an old-fashioned three-point play just a minute into the fourth quarter to again build the difference to twin figures.
From then on, Greenfield gradually pulled away due to its free throw shooting prowess, hitting 16-of-23 from the foul line in the final eight minutes.
Both Allen and Rawls were 5-of-6 during that time.
“The two really big things for us was that Andrea Smith came off the bench and gave us a big lift and Emily Allen had her best game of the year,” Greenfield head coach Willie Trevathan said afterward. “Emily made a couple of big shots, she handled the ball well and made good decisions with it.
“I was most pleased, though, with our hustle and intensity. You give yourself a shot every night out when you play hard, and our effort kept us in the game and gave us a chance when we weren’t necessarily playing well.”
The Lady Chargers were plagued all game by poor shooting and 23 turnovers.
Teddy Vincent was the lone Westview player to score in double digits, hitting for 15 points.
WV 78, Greenfield 44 (B)
After a dead-even first period (18-all), the Chargers used their superior athleticism and length to create a desired up-tempo pace and outscore Greenfield 60-26 over the final three quarters.
“We wanted to play fast and I feel like we just wore them (Greenfield) down after they played really well in the first quarter,” Westview skipper J.B. Suiter claimed.
“After we got up in the second quarter, I thought we had some guys who wanted to stand around a little bit, but I was real proud of Chris Evans and Javier Gordon and the way the got on the offensive glass after we addressed that issue.”
The Chargers put together a 15-2 run to end the first half, turning a tie game into a 40-27 lead when Gordon manufactured a 3-point play and tallied again just before the buzzer.
Westview scored 17 of the second half’s first 23 points to turn the game into a blowout with an Antonio Hogard bucket capping that surge.
Suiter then emptied his bench in the fourth quarter with the outcome well in hand.
Gordon had 21 points, Hogard 17 and Jordan Davis 14 for the victors, while Heath Crouse had 16 for G’field — eight in a solid opening period. Published in The WCP 12.20.11