Postseason short for Lady ’Jackets
Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 12:00 pm
A nine-point run and some key free throws by the Bradford girls put an end to the Greenfield girls’ season in the quarterfinals of the District 14A Girls’ Basketball Tournament Tuesday night.
A game-high 19 points by Shameilla McMullen were not enough as the Lady Yellowjackets went down 47-40. The Lady Red Devils will now play in the semifinals tonight against No. 1-ranked Lake County.
Down by two to start the fourth period, Haley Rawls hit a 3-pointer from her favorite spot on the floor nine seconds into the period to put Greenfield up 26-25. Bradford went right down the floor and Hannah Renfroe nailed a 3-pointer to start the nine point-run. McMullen ended the run on a drive to the basket with 5:44 to play in the game to make the score 34-28.
Poor free throw shooting prevented the Lady Yellowjackets from capitalizing on some fouls by Bradford after McMullen ended Bradford’s scoring run. Greenfield went 2-for-6 at the line at a critical junction of the game.
Bradford, however, did not miss on six straight free throw attempts afterward. That gave the Lady Red Devils a 41-32 cushion with just over two minutes to play.
Greenfield was haunted at the free throw line most of the game, only hitting 18-of-31. Bradford hit 16-out-of-26 attempts, but it was the six in a row that counted the most for the Lady Red Devils.
Defense by both teams dominated the first half of the game.
Both teams were focused on keeping each other away from the basket and preventing any good looks from the outside with tight coverage. The Lady ’Jackets led 7-3 after one and 15-12 at the half. Some poor shooting also contributed to the low scoring first half.
“I thought we had several chances to capitalize early in the game and we did not take advantage of them with both free throws and some easy shots around the rim,” Greenfield head coach Willie Trevathan said. “When you have a chance early to capitalize and get a lead and you do not take advantage of it, then you let somebody hang around and things can happen like what happened in the third quarter.”
Bradford came out determined to shoot the 3-pointer to begin the third period. Bradford missed its first six attempts from long range before finally beginning to connect. The Lady Devils went 3-for-10 from beyond the arc in the period and hit five 3-pointers in the game.
Greenfield only hit two 3-pointers in the game as the normally very good 3-point shooting Lady Yellowjackets missed several opportunities to capitalize because of poor perimeter shooting.
“That was all they were looking for and they made them,” Trevathan said. “That was obviously their game plan, to come out and shoot them until they made enough of them to give them a chance to win.”
It was an emotional loss for the Lady Yellowjackets as the tears came out on every player when the seconds started winding down. It was an especially tough loss for the four seniors on the squad as their high school careers came to an end. Trevathan will be losing Haley Rawls, Andrea Smith, Abbey McDaniel and McMullen to graduation.
“They have done a good job for us,” he said. “We are going to miss them, obviously. Shameilla and Haley are good scorers, and Andrea and Abbey did a good job playing leadership roles for us this year and we are going to miss having those girls around.”
Rawls scored seven points in her last high school game. McDaniel scored one and Smith was held scoreless. Freshman Brittany Peoples added seven. Jackilann Street scored 16 for Bradford, and Renfroe added 10.
Greenfield finishes at 17-10. Bradford is 18-10. Published in The WCP 2.16.12