Greenfield rosters full enough for ’Dogs
Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 12:00 pm
Greenfield’s girls did just fine minus two players. The Yellowjacket boys did not need much more than a pair of brothers.
Greenfield swept visiting Gleason on Monday night, the injury-depleted girls overcoming the loss of two key players due to injuries suffered last week with a 42-28 win over Gleason and the boys getting a big night from the Crouse brothers in a 58-27 victory.
The Lady Yellowjackets lost sophomore starting point guard Emily Allen for the season one week ago after she tore the ACL in her right knee. Senior forward Haley Rawls, meanwhile, went down with a right wrist injury. Head coach Willie Trevathan is hopeful Rawls’ swelling has gone down by Jan. 24, when she is scheduled to have her wrist X-rayed to determine the extent of the damage.
Even though the Lady ’Jackets were missing some key components to the team, they were still able to come together and get a confidence-boosting win. Greenfield improves to 12-5 on season. Gleason falls to 10-8.
In the boys’ game, the Yellowjackets were also missing one of their starters. Starting point guard Tony Robinson sat out while recovering from a mild concussion he suffered after hitting the floor against Humboldt Friday night. Yellowjackets’ head coach Peter Angelos said Robinson will visit the doctor today and is hopeful he will be cleared to play tonight against Halls.
Greenfield did not need Robinson’s services against the young Bulldogs with Hunter and Heath Crouse each scoring in double figures. The Yellowjackets now stand at 9-7 overall, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-17.
G’field 42, Gleason 28 (G)
Shameilla McMullen and Brittany Peoples provided the inside scoring for Greenfield with other players stepping in to take the places normally held for Rawls and Allen. Peoples had a game-high 13 points and McMullen scored 12. Andrea Smith ran the offense from the point guard position, and Kalee Kesterson took on the responsibility starting forward.
Abbey McDaniel and Rachel Roberts also proved they could help out in the scoring with Roberts chipping in seven points and McDaniel scoring five.
“Obviously, some players are going to have to step up and take on some more responsibility,” Trevathan said. “A couple of players stick out in my mind here, and they are both doing a good job. Andrea Smith has played some defense for us and has done a really good job the last two games, as well as Rachel Roberts. She has stepped up both games and made some big shots for us. We need both of them to keep doing those things.
“Shameilla McMullen stepped up big last week on Friday night, and Brittney Peoples played a better game tonight. So as we roll along here, we are going to need to keep people stepping up and taking on responsibility.”
The Lady Bulldogs struggled through the first three quarters of the game before they were able to get their offense going in the fourth period.
Briana Jones was neutralized for the most of the game, picking up her fourth foul with 2:32 to play in the third period. She fouled out of the game with just over two minutes to play and finished with only five points.
Jaclyn Montgomery led the Lady Bulldogs with 10 points. Alex King also scored five points for Gleason.
“We were fortunate Briana Jones spent a lot of time on the bench. Their offense centers around her and through her. She is tough to guard and we were fortunate she was in foul trouble and we didn’t have to guard her for four quarters.” Trevathan said.
G’field 58, Gleason 27 (B)
The Yellowjackets outscored the Bulldogs 21-5 in the opening period and had very little trouble disposing the young Gleason team the rest of the way.
Gleason, hoping to take advantage of the Yellowjackets without Robinson in the lineup, could not stop Hunter and Heath Crouse from scoring for much of the game. Heath scored a game-high 18 points, and Hunter was right behind him with 16. Tyler Hoke also got in on the scoring act with 10 points of his own for the Yellowjackets.
The Yellowjackets had eight players score in the game. The Bulldogs also used most of their bench with 10 players scoring. Tracy Perry led Gleason with eight points, followed by Austin Perry with five.
“We needed those guys (Hunter and Heath Crouse) to step up because Tony did not play tonight because of that slight concussion,” Angelos said. “We got into some foul trouble so they had to play a little bit more than I would have liked to have played them in the first half. But they are good players.”
Greenfield continued to struggle at the free throw line against Gleason as they have for much of the season. The Yellowjackets went 17-of-29 from the line and missed five out of nine free throws in the second period.
“We are not a good free throw shooting team,” Angelos said. “We’ve struggled this year. I can think of two games right off the top of my head that we lost because we could not make enough free throws.” Published in The WCP 1.17.12