by tate russell
sun sports writer
GREENEVILLE - A fast start and lockdown defense carried the Greeneville boys to a 59-37 win over Grainger Friday night, keeping the Devils undefeated in District 2-AA play.
The Greeneville boys are a perfect 9-0 in the league standings, 17-7 overall. Grainger falls to 5-4 and 11-11, respectively.
"We played well tonight especially considering we've had about one practice in the last week and a half," Greeneville head coach Brad Woolsey said. "I was proud of the way they came out and played despite that. Fundamentally, they were doing the things we like to do, and they put up a great effort."
The inside-outside combination of Jacob Cobble and Landon Duncan gave the Grizzlies trouble all night a Cobble scored 14 and Duncan dropped 12 for the Greene Devils.
The Devils got things started early on the offensive end, dropping in 21 points in the opening quarter. Zach Cobble rattled in a three from the right wing to give a five-point lead and they never looked back.
Zach Cobble and Duncan each had five points in the first quarter to carry Greeneville to a 21-10 lead.
With just two minutes remaining in the opening period, Trevor Wright broke on a pass at mid-court and took it the other for what might have fast break dunk. As he left the court his left knee gave way, sending him to the floor and sidelining him for the remainder of the contest. Woolsey said he would be evaluated Saturday to determine the extent of the injury.
In the second period, the Greene Devils one-upped themselves defensively, giving up only eight points in the quarter and allowing only two made field goals.
Woolsey said: "Our last game against them we didn't play great defensively. We gave up some open threes because we were helping in the post. Tonight, we decide to play behind the post and I think that really helped. Overall the defensive effort was really good."
In the third quarter, Jacob Cobble single handedly outscored the Grizzlies, putting in eight hard-earned points and capping it off with a slick hook shot from the left block.
Zach Cobble started the third period with a triple deep in the right corner. It was his third three of the evening and part of an 11-point performance.
The threes continued to rain in the final period for the Greene Devils as they maintained a 20-point lead throughout. Duncan, Quan Harrison and Jake Grady each connected from deep.
Trey Cabbage would not let Grainger give up as he dropped in three difficult jump shots to open the fourth quarter before both teams emptied their benches.
Cabbage led the Grizzlies with 14 points.
Lady Devils Fall To State No. 1
In the girls' contest Grainger, the state's number one ranked team in Class AA was simply too strong as they ran away to a 67-32 victory over Greeneville,
Greeneville head coach Lesley Murray said, "You've got to able to take care of the ball to beat a good team and they're a good team. We are making things hard on ourselves sometimes and we can't do that."
The Lady Greene Devils held pace with the Lady Grizzlies early, trailing 9-6 with four minutes remaining in the in the opening period.
One minute later, center Madison Shipley accumulated her second foul, forcing her to the bench. At the end of one, Greeneville trailed 16-7.
"That was big. She is someone who needs to get into the flow of the game and she needs to be on the floor for us to be successful," Murray said. "We have people who can step up, but she is a big part what we do offensively so that hurt a little bit."
Shipley sat out the remainder half and Grainger's Blake Lamb took over in the paint, scoring 13 first half points.
Lamb had a game-high 19 points for the top-ranked Lady Grizzlies.
Grainger's match-up defense stifled Greeneville's offense in the second quarter with 5-10 wing Laura Johnson continually disrupting passing lanes. The Lady Greene Devils were held to 13 point in the first half while Grainger cruised to 34.
Things didn't slow down for the Lady Grizzlies coming out of half time. Allison Hodge laid in six points off the glass and Lamb continued to make her presence felt adding another six. Hodge finished with 14 points.
Reagan Lowery scored eight in the fourth quarter for Greeneville as part of her team-high 11 points.
Greeneville will have to regroup quickly as they face county rival North Greene on the road Saturday night.
"We haven't had a lot of time in the gym and we just have to put this loss behind us. They are a very good team they're the number one team in the state for a reason. Tomorrow is a new ball game, we have to come in here tomorrow and prepare and be ready for North Greene," Murray said.