Rawls injures wrist ’Jacket boys salvage scheduled celebration
Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 12:00 pm
By MIKE HUTCHENS
What was supposed to be literally a banner night for Haley Rawls turned out to be one that has the rest of her prep career in jeopardy.
Rawls, who was slated to be honored in ceremonies between games with a banner for advancing to the state golf tournament in consecutive seasons, suffered what appeared to be a serious wrist injury early in the second half of Greenfield’s 58-38 loss to South Fulton Tuesday night.
One of the Lady ’Jackets top scorers on the season, Rawls — who’d hit three 3-pointers earlier in the contest — hit the floor hard at the 5:55 mark of the third period with her team trailing 29-19.
During a doctor’s visit in Jackson on Wednesday, Rawls’s injury was determined to be located in the growth plate of the wrist, although early X-rays could not show if the wrist was broken. She will be in a cast for two weeks and will then be re-evaluated at that time.
While Rawls’ and the Lady ’Jackets’ night was ruined, the Greenfield boys kept it from being a total wash as they beat SF 51-39 in the nightcap.
The Yellowjackets made 8-of-10 free throws in the final 1:34 and took advantage of a Red Devil team that was missing leading scorer Jordan Davis, who was serving the second of a two-game suspension after being ejected in a game last week.
Without Davis, SF had no consistent offensive threat and made just three second-half field goals after leading by as many as seven points in the second period.
“It wasn’t pretty at times, but you have to win these kind of games some time,” G’field skipper Pete Angelos said afterward. “We were a little bit fortunate that they were missing Davis, but I’ve been on the other side of that before, too.”
The Yellowjacket teams are back in action again Friday at home against Humboldt in District 14A play.
Greenfield 51, SF 39 (B)
The Game 2 victory squared Greenfield’s overall mark at 7-7, but was more important in the league standings, where the ’Jackets moved to 3-4 and ahead of South Fulton.
“The guys knew how important the game was and they played hard, if not necessarily well,” Angelos continued.
“Hitting the free throws at crunch time was big, especially since we’ve not always done that this season. We’ve had probably two other games where, if we hit our free throws, we win.”
Tony Robinson and Hunter Crouse each hit 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, while Heath Crouse converted on two opportunities when the outcome was still hanging in the balance after South Fulton had gotten first to within 35-33 on a Harrison Hawks bucket, then 41-37 when Kendall Greer scored from underneath with just over three minutes to play.
Greenfield trailed by as much as 19-12 early in the second period, but got a trey from Alex Roberts and an old-fashioned 3-point play from Heath Crouse to get within a single point late in the first half.
After Graham Perkins scored from in close to forge a tie just after the intermission, Hunter Crouse made a deuce at the 5:15 mark of the third frame to give the host team a lead it would not lose.
Robinson ended the night with a game-high 15 markers, while Heath Crouse added 11 and Hunter Crouse 10 for the victors.
SF 58, Greenfield 38 (G)
G’field (11-5, 4-3) was simply overwhelmed by the Devilettes on the defensive end, committing a whopping 31 turnovers against fullcourt zone pressure and then man defense in the halfcourt.
“They were really intense on defense and we didn’t handle their pressure at all,” Lady ’Jacket skipper Willie Trevathan agreed. “They threw the first punch in the game with their intensity and we never could respond.”
Asked if the outcome might’ve been different had Rawls and Emily Allen — who suffered a knee injury in the first half and didn’t return — both been available for four quarters instead, Trevathan said:,“The game was probably already over before they got hurt.”
A run of 14 unanswered SF points after Greenfield scored the game’s first five markers put the Devilettes in front for good and was a sign of things to come for the Lady ’Jackets. Taleeah Cross had eight of those points and 14 of her game-high 17 in the first half as South Fulton led by as many as 15 at one point.
Consecutive Rawls trifectas in the second stanza after G’field went more than four minutes without a hoop briefly cut the deficit under double digits before Cross scored just before the halftime buzzer to make it 27-16.
After Rawls’ nine points, Shameilla McMullen — foul-plagued throughout the game — had eight points and both Kalee Kesterson and freshman Brittany Peoples scored six. Published in The WCP 1.12.12