Only Greenfield girls can get shots to fall
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Greenfield’s girls hit six first half 3-pointers as they cruised to a win. One bad quarter was one too many for the Yellowjacket boys.
In the opening game of the District 14A doubleheader, it was the 3-point shot that propelled Greenfield in the first half and a 52-36 win over the Lady Tide.
The Yellowjackets stayed right with Trenton in their 63-52 loss Thursday night in all but one quarter, and it proved to be a costly one.
Greenfield will be at South Fulton Friday night.
G’field 52, Trenton 36 (G)
Six 3-pointers came from five different Lady Yellowjackets in the first half, including one by Haley Rawls, who came into the game from the bench in the first period after a two-week absence from a wrist injury.
“Shameilla (McMullen) is going to get a lot of attention inside, so obviously you have to have some people who can kick in and make some shots on the perimeter. Haley’s 3-pointer was a confidence booster for her more so than for our team,” Lady ’Jackets head coach Willie Trevathan said. “I am glad to see her catching fire without fear like that.”
Most of Greenfield’s damage was done to Trenton in the first half. Kalee Kesterson got the 3-point barrage going for the Lady Yellowjackets with 6:37 to play in the first quarter. Rawls followed that up with one at the 2:50 mark. Rawls would hit one 3-pointer in the second quarter and finish with eight points. Kesterson had five, all in the first half.
Greenfield used a stout defense in the third period to hold Trenton to a single basket and outscored the Lady Tide 11-2 in period.
McMullen led the Lady Jackets in scoring with 10. Rachel Roberts added seven and Abby McDaniel scored six. Lorna Hudson scored a game-high 16 for Trenton.
The Lady Yellowjackets will be looking to get even with the Lady Red Devils Friday night. South Fulton beat Greenfield on Jan. 10, 58-38, and Trevathan wants to return the favor.
Trenton 63, G’field 52 (B)
An error-filled second period was all it took for the Yellowjackets to drop a much-needed win against the Golden Tide. With the loss, the Jackets are now in a bottleneck for the fourth seed in District 14A.
The Yellowjackets held a six-point lead with just over two minutes to go in the first before the tide began to turn.
Dylan Slayton connected on an old-fashioned 3-point play with 2:10 to play in the first. From that point on all the way through the rest of the first half, the Golden Tide outscored the Yellowjackets 27-13. Slayton finished with a game-high 29 points.
Greenfield committed nine turnovers in the first half to go along with poor defensive rebounding and an inability to finish plays on the offensive side.
“They out-worked us from the very beginning,” Yellowjackets’ head man Peter Angelos said. “It was close except for the second quarter. We could never recover from that in the second half. They deserve all of the credit.
“That Slayton kid got us. He would shoot from his right hand, we would force him to shoot with his left and he still made the shots.”
Greenfield was outscored 16-15 in the third period and 16-14 in the fourth period. After the first period the scored was all tied up at 14.
Hunter Crouse led the Yellowjackets in scoring with 19.
Heath Crouse scored 13 and Graham Perkins added nine.
It is a must-win situation for the Yellowjackets when they take on the Red Devils Friday night. Greenfield must win to remain in the race for the fourth seed.
Published in The WCP 2.2.12