’Jacket teams in different gears at Trenton
Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Greenfield’s girls sped past Trenton Peabody in the first period Friday night. The Yellowjacket boys, meanwhile, ran out of gas late.
Haley Rawls scored seven straight points as the Lady Yellowjackets went on a 15-point run in the first period and cruised to a 53-24 District 14A win over the Lady Tide. With the win, the Lady ’Jackets improve to 11-4 and 4-2 in the district. Trenton falls to 3-11 and 0-6.
In a boys’ game for fourth place in the district, the Golden Tide came out on top 53-45, hitting 10-of-13 shots from the charity stripe in the final 2:52 of the game. The Yellowjackets now stand at 2-4 in District 14A and 6-7 overall. The Golden Tide are 9-5 overall and 3-3 in the district.
Greenfield 53, TP 24 (G)
Shameilla McMullen scored the first two baskets of the game for the Lady ’Jackets, but Greenfield trailed 7-4 when Haley Rawls went to work.
Rawls scored three straight baskets, including a big 3-pointer from the corner, to kick-start a 15-0 run for Greenfield. Abbey McDaniel scored the final basket of the run with a 3-pointer of her own, and then Greenfield put it in cruise control the rest of the way.
Greenfield led Peabody 28-15 at the half and then went right back to work in the third period, outscoring the Lady Tide 18-2, culminated by Rachel Roberts’ 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the period.
“I thought we played really hard,” Greenfield head coach Willie Trevathan said. “We got a little bit sloppy in second quarter, but I can’t fault the effort of the entire game. There were times when we were making defensive stops simply because the kids were playing hard. That is something you like to see as a coach.”
Rawls had a game-high 17 points for Greenfield, hitting four 3-pointers for the second game in a row. McMullen scored 13 and Brittany Peoples added eight. Lorna Hudson led Trenton with 11 points.
“I was glad to see Shameilla play the way she did. We need her to continue to play well inside,” Trevathan said. “I thought Brittany Peoples came back and had a good night tonight after last night. I thought we got a really good effort out of Kalee Kesterson. She seemed to be all over the place tonight. Our team defense from the bench this year has been something and it has been there every night up to this point.”
TP 53, Greenfield 45 (B)
Playing their third game in four days, the Yellowjackets simply ran out of steam against the Golden Tide in the fourth period.
Coming off a win over Gibson County on Thursday night and trying to take over possession of fourth place in the district, Greenfield saw its chances go down the drain at the free-throw line.
Ahead just 41-38 with 2:52 to play, Trenton outscored the ’Jackets 12-7, keyed by 10-of-13 shooting from the line.
Tony Robinson made it a six-point game when he hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds to play.
Alex Roberts kept it at six points with a pair of free throws 14 seconds later, but Trenton iced it with a pair of front-end free throws in the closing seconds.
“This is always going to be a difficult game because it was our third game in four nights,” Greenfield head coach Peter Angelos said. “We played Tuesday night and we played a hard-fought game (Thursday) night at Gibson County. I thought our legs were dead and we missed some shots, especially Heath Crouse. He has played a lot of minutes this week, and I felt like his legs were dead. But, so were a lot of the guys.”
Neither team could gain any advantage until Trenton took over at the free throw line late in the game. Greenfield got its biggest lead late in the second period with a score of 20-15.
Trenton maintained a three- and four-point lead in most of the second half. The Golden Tide hit four 3-pointers in third to keep the lead.
Heath Crouse, who led the Yellowjackets with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer late in the third period to keep his team within in striking distance.
Robinson scored 13. followed by Roberts with eight. Tyler Gadlen led all scorers for the Golden Tide with 28 points.
Greenfield 50, GC 46 (B)
Heath Crouse scored 24 points to tie for high-point honors and lead the Yellowjackets to a win over the Clas 2A Pioneers.
Tony Robinson added 10 points for Greenfield.
Mitchell Simpson had 24 points for Gibson County.
GC 38, Greenfield 33 (G)
Courtney Haynes scored 19 points to keep the Lady Pioneers ahead at the end.
Khadijah Alexander added 10 points for Gibson County, while Haley Rawls scored 12 points for Greenfield. Published in The WCP 1.10.12