The Greeneville Middle boys did not miss a beat coming off of Christmas break as they soundly beat Chuckey-Doak Middle 50-2 Thursday night.
The Greene Devils counted on a balanced attack and dominant defense to jump out to an early lead that they continued to build on throughout the contest.
"I feel like we played real well. It's a well balanced group and fundamentally they played real well tonight," Greeneville coach Bill Muhlhanh said. "It was good team effort on defense, we played really good man-to-man defense and I'm happy with that."
Greeneville started fast and distributed points evenly in the first quarter with guard Dylan Debusk, forward Takeem Young and post Leau Austin Williams each opening the game with four points.
"I was impressed with how well they shot the ball, a lot of times coming off a break you come out lethargic but they didn't do that," Muhlhahn said.
Jacob Willet scored the Black Knights lone basket late in the opening period. It was a tough evening for Chuckey-Doak, the bigger Greene Devils denied opportunities in the paint and made it difficult for them to get shots off. When they were able to get open looks they were from the perimeter, and the roll off the rim never seemed to go their way
Young continued the fast pace Greene Devils' attack, scoring four points in the first minute of the second quarter. Greeneville entered halftime up 28-2.
The second half saw much of the same. Young nailed a three almost as soon as the opening whistle blew. Williams followed with a pair of buckets before both teams went to bench for the remainder of the contest.
Williams led all scorers with 12 points and Young added 11 for the Greene Devils.
In the girls' contest Chuckey-Doak used a big second quarter and the scoring ability of Kristen Dixon to outlast the Lady Greene Devils in a 41-30 victory.
Caleigh Norton took control of a loose ball and moved it up court to Dixon who launched a three as the buzzer sounded to stretch the Lady Black Knights' lead to 11-5 after one quarter. From there the margin only expanded behind a stout defensive effort by Chuckey-Doak.
Dixon led all scorers 15 points, 11 coming in the first half.
Madi McInturff was a force in the middle all evening for the Lady Knights refusing to allow any easy looks in the paint.
Compounding the Lady Greene Devils problems of getting by McInturff and stopping Dixon was that Sydni Lollar exited the first half early with an apparent ankle injury. Lollar led the Lady Greene Devils with nine points but missed a majority of the first half. Greeneville could not manage to get anything going offensively without Lollar on the court and were outscored 16-2 in the second quarter.
In the third quarter Greeneville was able keep pace with Chuckey-Doak. They relied on the range of Lollar and Jordan Davis who each connected from behind the arc. Even with the two big threes Greeneville was only able to chip one point away from their deficit and entered the final period down 19 points.
The Lady Greene Devils did their best to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter led by Lollar who scored five in the quarter and Courtney Dotson who dropped in four in the fourth.
The margin narrowed but Taylor Southerland did enough for the Lady Black Knights down the stretch to ensure a comfortable victory.