by tate russell
sun sports writer
KINGSPORT - Speedy guard Sasha Morrisette dropped 22 points for Dobyns-Bennett as the Lady Indians proved too much for Greeneville to handle in a 63-50 defeat of the Lady Devils Monday night.
Morrisette scored most of those off the dribble, blowing past the Greeneville defense all night long. In fact, Dobyns-Bennett only sank three field goals from outside the paint in the entire contest. This was due to their ability to score in transition and pull down offensive rebounds.
"I'm pretty disappointed in our defensive effort especially our rebounding," Greeneville head coach Lesley Murray said. "We were playing primarily three post players and should have done a better job rebounding."
The Lady Indians were out front most of the game but after the first quarter they only held a six point lead at 18-12. With 40 seconds left in the opening quarter Reagan Lowery handled a dish from Madison Shipley and laid it in to cut the lead to 3 points. The margin would never be closer after this point.
Shipley led the Lady Greene Devils offensively scoring 11 points. Melissa Scott scored 10.
At the 4:18 mark in the third quarter Dobyns- Bennett looked as if it was going to run away with the game but Greeneville put up one last charge. The Lady Devils went on a 9-0 run with four points apiece from Scott and Shipley.
Murray said, "We're doing some things good we just can't seem to put a whole game together yet. I don't know if that has to do with a lack of experience or a lack of focus but we've got to do a better job."
Just as quickly as GHS shrank the lead to seven, the Lady Indians swung it back to an 18-point margin. The Lady Indians rally was largely due some pestering defense and transition buckets by Morrisette. The 11-point swing took just 2:13 off the clock.
The only other scorer in double figures was Alex Anderson who had 13 points for Dobyns-Bennett.
D-B Leads Start To Finish
Dobyns-Bennet proved too tough and Physical for Greeneville on Monday night as the Greene Devils fell 74-50.
"We needed toughness, just some toughness and well toughness to succeed tonight. We had pockets of toughness but not enough," Greeneville head coach Brad Woolsey said. "We weren't tough enough to run our offense, to run people off of screens because they were a physical team."
Greeneville was lead by Landon Duncan who came out firing and scored a game high 18 points. Out of the gate Duncan hit four three-pointers and single handedly kept Greeneville within striking distance.
"The first couple he hit were wide open then the next couple he hit were with a guy right in his face," Woolsey said.
Duncan scored 9 of Greeneville's 10 first quarter points and 12 of their first 13. The Greene Devil sharpshooter accounted for 16 of Greeneville's 23 first half points.
The Indians turned up the defensive intensity in the second half and Duncan was unable to find an open look scoring just 2 points in the second half.
Woolsey said, "They really bodied him a lot and they wouldn't let him get off the down screens clean. They just got really really physical coming off our down screens and that's what turns our offense. We've got to do a better job of being more solid with our screens."
For the Indians Jeremiah Sokol and Connor Mitchell gave the Greene Devils fits in the paint all night long. Sokol scored 13 points and Mitchell added 11 underneath.
Makale Foreman added 13 points for the Indians running the court and taking full advantage of transition opportunities.
Jacob Cobble stepped up as an underneath presence for the Greene Devils in the second half scoring 8 points in after intermission and 12 in the contest.