BY TATE RUSSELL
SUN SPORTS WRITER
South Greene had no answer for Sullivan East standout Jamison Shaffer Saturday.
The Lady Rebels also had trouble getting their offense going and fell to East 49-36 in the final girls' game of the Greene County Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament.
Shaffer accounted for almost half of the Lady Patriots' points as she dropped in 27 in the contest and it was simply too much for South Greene to match on a night where their offense seemed out of sync.
"We had too many turnovers. I don't think we came out focused and we missed too many easy shots," South Greene coach Stephen Gregg said. "They had one good girl who kept beating us. We tried to put a couple different girls on her but our overall team defense was not where it should have been."
The Lady Rebels were without one of their most effective offensive weapons, Alora Ricker, due to injury, and they seemed lost at times without her.
"Her not being out there may have affected us a little, but the bottom line is we had open shots and we have to knock them down," Gregg said.
The Lady Rebels were hesitant for most of the game, which led to a multitude of turnovers. On top of that, the rim was uncharacteristically unkind. South Greene was able to find open looks - looks that had customarily fallen for the Lady Rebels - but on Saturday the shots rimmed out more often than they fell.
Gregg said, "We didn't knock down shots against their zone. They zone pressed us and we threw it everywhere. When we did get in the half court we didn't knock any shots down on the perimeter which allowed them to stay in the zone."
Ricker was walking without crutches, which was an improvement from earlier in the week. Gregg said they would continue to evaluate her but had no definitive timetable for her return.
The first quarter started with the Lady Patriots almost as ineffective on offense as the Lady Rebels. The two squads combined for 16 points with only five made fields in the first period.
South Greene went into the second quarter down two points but their offensive woes continued and by halftime Sullivan East's lead had grown to 20-13.
The Lady Rebels tied the game at 13 with 3:38 remaining in the first half when Cheyenne Upton got a steal and fed it to Peyton Williams under the goal for an easy layup.
After that, Shaffer sank a three from the corner, hit a turn-around jumper from the block and then laid one off the glass to close the half on a 7-0 individual run.
Williams and Upton were South Greene's main answers on offense. The post players led the team with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The third quarter saw the Lady Rebels have their third single-digit scoring quarter and they fell further behind.
South Greene came out of half time and quickly made it a two-point game when Asthon Wykle hit Upton underneath for a layup, but the Lady Patriots finished out the quarter on a 9-2 run and went into the final period up 30-21.
Scoring production increased tremendously for South Greene in the fourth, but unfortunately for the Lady Rebels it did for Sullivan East as well.
The Lady Rebels did their best to chip away at the lead and with 2:15 left in the contest Ashton Wykle drove the length of the court and made it a six-point game at 40-34 but that was as close to a comeback as South Greene would come.
South Greene was forced to foul down the stretch. The Lady Patriots were only 5-for-8 at the charity stripe in the final two minutes but South Greene managed only one field goal at the other end during that stretch.
Sullivan East 9 11 10 19 49
South Greene 7 6 8 15 36
Sullivan East: Jamison Shaffer 27, Kait Nidfier 6, Caitlin Stewart 5, Kara Stafford 4, Alysson Hare 4, Kayla Addison 2, Megan Addison 1.
South Greene: Peyton Williams 14, Cheyenne Upton 13, Rachel Crum 5, Ashton Wykle 4
Chuckey-Doak 60, Providence Academy 38
After a slow start the Chuckey-Doak girls blew by Providence Academy on their way to a 60-38 win on Saturday.
The Lady Black Knights found themselves behind early with a deficit of 11-5 as late as 2:10 left in the first quarter but they finished the quarter on a 7-0 run and took a 12-11 lead to end the first quarter.
After that point they pulled away from Providence for the remainder of the contest.
Hailey Taylor paced Chuckey-Doak in the second period with six of her eight points and helped them to a seven point advantage at half time.
That lead reached 15 points by the end of the third period.
The third quarter was started by two Andi Lamb baskets, and then she assisted on another two baskets. As a result the Lady Black Knights quickly held a 34-22 lead.
Katie Lawson led Chuckey-Doak with six points in the third quarter.
Kara Abrey scored 10 points in the fourth quarter for Chuckey-Doak as they stretched the lead to 22 points.
Abrey led Chuckey-Doak with 13 points in the contest
Chuckey-Doak 12 14 19 15 60
Providence Academy 11 8 11 8 38
Chuckey-Doak: Kara Abrey 13,Keri Ricker 9, Andi Lamb 8, Hailey Taylor 8, Asialynn Manuel 7, Katie Lawson 6, Lyndsey Sane 4, Hope Myers 2, Corrie Haynes 2, Alysson Broyles 1.
Providence: Sue Harrod 19, Erica Roler 9, McKenzie Trujillo 7, Emma Harrod 3.
Unicoi County 80, West Greene 54
Unicoi County hit 19 three pointers on their way to a big 80-54 win over West Greene on Saturday.
Hannah Rice started the shooting clinic in the first quarter when she hit three from deep to help the Blue Devils to a 21-11 first quarter lead.
Rachel Hensley scored seven of those 11 West Greene first quarter points. Hensley finished the game with 15 points. Hayley Vrandenburgh led the Lady Buffaloes with 19 points.
Unicoi knocked down seven triples in the second period and as a result they jumped out to a 44-25 half time lead.
Morgan Brown and Whitney True led Unicoi with 17 points each while Haley Webb added 14 points.
West Greene 11 14 16 13 54
Unicoi County 21 23 17 19 80
West Greene: Hayley Vrandenburgh 19, Rachel Hensley 15, Kristen Johnson 12, Candace Majors 6, Baylee Jarrell 1, Ashton Pierce 1.
Unicoi County: Morgan Brown 17, Whitney True 17, Hayley Webb 14, Hannah Rice 12, Destinee Hayes 10, Cassie Foster 3, Hayley Peterson 3, Emily Lynch 2, Ashly Webster 2.
Morristown East 48, North Greene 42
The North Greene girls lost a close game to Morristown East on Saturday 48-42.
Points were hard to come by for both teams in the first half and they went to half time with Morristown East in front 18-17.
Mendy McNeese led North Greene with 21 points while center Lauren Baxter scored 14.
The Lady Hurricanes were led by Whitney Donaldson who scored 16 points as they stretched their lead in both the third and fourth quarters.
North Greene 5 12 13 12 42
Morristown East 8 10 15 15 48
North Greene: Mendy McNeese 21, Lauren Baxter 14, Katelyn Weems 7.
Morristown East: Whitney Donaldson 16, Jordan Hayes 13, Lauren Blaylock 10, Ellie-Kate Williams 7, Madison Bunch 2.