BY WAYNE PHILLIPS
SPORTS EDITOR EMERITUS
Greeneville High's Greene Devils remained unbeaten in Blue Ridge Conference action and kept a firm hold on first place in the league standings with a 62-48 win over homestanding Chuckey-Doak Friday night before a large crowd at the Black Knights' gymnasium.
The victory allowed the Devils to gain a split of the league twin-bill, as the Chuckey-Doak girls cruised to a 59-39 win in the opener.
Greeneville is back in league action on Tuesday at home to Claiborne, while the Black Knights step outside the conference for a match-up at county rival North Greene.
The boys' contest garnered the most attention as it pitted the top two teams in the league, and the Devils used balanced scoring and good shooting early to put the Knights down and never let them catch up.
"I just told our guys they probably don't realize just how big a win this is," GHS Coach Brad Woolsey said after his Devils improved to 12-6 overall, but more importantly a perfect 5-0 in the Blue Ridge. "To win on the road against the second place team is huge."
The Devils showed extreme balance in scoring with four starters hitting double figures, led by Landon Duncan with 15, Corey Waddell with 13, Zack Cobble with 12 and Trevor Wright with 10. As a team, the Devils knocked down eight 3-pointers, including four in the first quarter when they got off to a red-hot start.
"When we shoot the ball well, we can be tough," Woolsey said. "We shot well early, then things dried up a bit. I want us to be hot sometime during the game. We were hot early, then we just managed to hang on."
It appeared in that opening quarter as if it would be a blowout, as GHS jumped to a 16-4 lead early. But the Black Knights battled, cutting the gap to 16-9 by the horn and 16-12 a couple of minutes into the second frame.
After leading 31-20 at intermission, the two squads settled for swapping buckets through most of the third stanza, but the Greene Devils did improve on their lead, up 44-31 heading into the final eight minutes.
When Wright knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner with about five minutes left on the clock, Greeneville was up 49-32 and seemed to have things well in hand.
But the Knights never quit and they went on a 10-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Corey Swinney, that had the deficit down to 49-42 with 2:30 remaining. It was Chuckey-Doak's pressing defense that got them back in it.
"They (Chuckey-Doak) kept working and playing hard and they got some turnovers on us, plus we were a bit careless and didn't make some good decisions," Woolsey noted. "But we have seniors who are good leaders, in practice and in games, and we were able to hang on."
Waddell, a perfect 8-of-8 from the foul line in the game, settled down the Devils with four straight free tosses, and the Knights could get no closer than eight in the final two minutes.
Chuckey-Doak (9-7, 4-2) was led by Swinney with 14 points and five rebounds, while Ben Gridley chipped in with 12 points. Exchange student Birkir Vidisson came off the bench to supply nine points and five rebounds. Point guard Garrett Johnson had eight assists to go along with six points and five rebounds.
Trevor Wright led the Devils on the glass by gathering in seven caroms, and he also had four assists and three steals. Post Jacob Cobble had eight points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
GREENEVILLE (62): Zack Cobble 4-8 2-2 12, Trevor Wright 2-7 4-6 10, Landon Duncan 5-10 2-2 15, J.Cobble 3-7 2-4 8, Corey Waddell 2-8 8-8 13, Culbreth 1-4 0-0 2, Harrison 0-1 0-0 0, Whitehead 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 18-46 18-22 62.
CHUCKEY-DOAK (48): Corey Swinney 6-9 0-0 14, Johnson 3-10 0-0 6,Ben Gridley 5-8 2-4 12, T.Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Lamb 2-8 1-2 5, Vidisson 3-5 1-2 9, Taylor 1-2 0-0 2. TOTALS: 20-43 4-8 48.
3-Point Goals: GHS-8 (Duncan 3, Z.Cobble 2, Wright 2, Waddell). CD-4 (Swinney 2, Vidisson 2).
Score by quarters:
Greeneville 16 15 13 18--62
Chuckey-Doak 9 11 11 17--48
LADY KNIGHTS PREVAIL
The Chuckey-Doak girls beat the Greeneville girls for the second time in as many weeks, having bumped the Devils in last week's Landair Ladies' Classic.
There was just too much Andi Lamb and Hannah Riddle for the Devils to overcome. Lamb scored 18 points to lead the way and sat out the bulk of the final quarter after Chuckey-Doak gained a 48-28 lead at the close of the third. Riddle had 16 points, six assists and four steals.
None of the Lady Devils hit for double figures. Madison Shipley was tops with nine points and seven rebounds along with two blocked shots and two steals.
The win improves Chuckey-Doak to 8-10 overall and 4-2 in league play, while the Lady Devils drop to 5-11 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
The Lady Knights got the spread they needed in the third after leading 28-17 at halftime. Three straight fast break buckets, two by Lamb and one by Riddle, quickly had the lead up to 34-17 and the Lady Devils never threatened after that.
GREENEVILLE (39): Hadjopoulos 2-5 0-0 4, L.Leon 1-6 0-1 2, S.Leon 0-2 1-2 1, Shipley 3-7 3-4 9, Scott 3-6 0-1 6, Lowery 3-4 0-2 6, Grubbs 1-3 0-0 2, Hall 1-3 0-0 2, Lamb 1-2 3-4 5, Grissom 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 16-37 7-15 39.
CHUCKEY-DOAK (59): Andi Lamb 8-14 2-4 18, Hannah Riddle 7-9 2-2 16, Lawson 2-6 0-0 4, Ricker 1-2 0-0 2, Broyles 1-2 0-0 2, Campbell 0-4 2-2 2, Taylor 3-7 0-0 6, Manuel 3-3 1-2 7, Haynes 1-1 0-0 2, Sane 0-1 0-2 0. TOTALS: 26-49 7-12 59.
3-Point Goals: None.
Score by quarters:
Greeneville 6 11 11 11--39
Chuckey-Doak 11 17 20 11--59