Road trip in 14A good for ’Jackets
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Greenfield swept Bradford in a District 14A twinbill with the girls earning a hard fought overtime victory and the boys shifting into cruise control on Thursday night.
The Lady Yellowjackets looked like they played two different games against the Lady Red Devils, with Greenfield winning the first one and Bradford winning the second one. It was the Lady ’Jackets who prevailed in overtime 46-44.
In the boys’ game, the Yellowjackets jumped out to a 9-2 lead and cruised to a 68-50 win over the host Red Devils.
G’field 46, Bradford 44 (G)
The Lady Yellowjackets (4-1, 1-1) looked like they had this game well in hand in the first half by outscoring the Lady Red Devils 11-5 in the first period and leading 23-14 at the half. But, Bradford came back in the second half thanks to the 3-point shot.
The Lady Red Devils (2-4, 0-2) hit seven 3-pointers in the second half with five coming in the fourth period. Bradford’s Morgan Martin sent the game into overtime when she got open at the top of the key and nailed a 3-pointer as time expired.
Bradford went for the outside shots in the second half because Greenfield tightened up its defense in the paint. That left the perimeter open and Bradford used it to get back into the game.
“I thought Bradford did a good job of getting themselves back in the game,” Lady ’Jackets head coach Willie Trevathan said. “They made some big shots and ran some nice sets. They got hot and that is what you have to do.”
Bradford took its first lead of game in the overtime period on a pair of free throws from Martin with 2:28 to play. Greenfield tied it up 10 seconds later on Chasity McMullen’s shot under the basket. The Lady ’Jackets retook the lead when McMullen hit the front end of a pair of free throws.
Martin hit a layup with 1:21 to play to get the lead back for Bradford, but Greenfield answered once again, this time on Brittany Peoples layup to make the score 45-44.
Bradford could not get the ball inbounds and was called for five second violation. Greenfield had problems getting the ball inbounded and had to call a time-out. Peoples was fouled on Greenfield’s second attempt to inbound the ball with 1.4 seconds to play. Peoples made the first free throw and then intentionally missed the second one so Bradford would not have any time to set up a play for a last second shot.
The Lady ’Jackets could have easily put this game away, but defensive rebounding gave the Lady Red Devils too many second chance shots. Free throw shooting also hurt Greenfield in the game by only hitting 50 percent of their shots.
“We had a chance in the first half to get the game more in our control, but we did not come up with the rebounds and that allowed them to stay in the game,” Trevathan said. “We go into halftime up by nine, and the way the game is going, if we rebound a little better we have a chance to go up with a much bigger lead. On top of that, we did not make free throws.”
Peoples led all scorers with 19 points.
McMullen reached double figures in scoring with 10. Martin led Bradford with 14 points.
G’field 68, Bradford 50 (B)
The Red Devils could not stop Greenfield from steamrolling over them on Thursday with the Yellowjackets opening up a 20-point lead by the end of the third period.
The ’Jackets had three players score in the double figures, with Tony Robinson leading the way with 20 points. Hunter Crouse scored 17 and Zack Grooms scored 12 — all on 3-pointers.
Bradford came into the game with a 4-1 record and 0-1 in the district, but the Red Devils looked flat throughout the game and could do nothing to stop the Yellowjackets.
The win put Greenfield at 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in the district.
The ’Jackets ran their motion offense to near perfection and kept the Red Devils defense off-balance throughout the game.
“We have been playing that for a long time,” Greenfield head coach Peter Angelos said. “This is my seventh year here and I use to coach the junior high. We have been running this offense for a while and the guys are pretty good at it.”
They were pretty good at, Greenfield jumping out to six-point lead on four free throws and a layup by Crouse.
Robinson made it a 9-2 game on a 3-pointer.
The ’Jackets led 21-12 at the end of the first period and 41-24 at the half.
By the time the third period was over, the Red Devils were on the short end of a 55-35 ball game. Published in The WCP 12.4.12