BY WAYNE PHILLIPS
SPORTS EDITOR EMERITUS
Greeneville High School's Greene Devils completed an unbeaten swing through the Blue Ridge Conference Tuesday night, toppling spunky West Greene 64-43 to close out their league season with a perfect 12-0 mark.
Coach Brad Woolsey's Devils, now 20-8 on the year, will be the No. 1 seed for the District 2-AA Tournament, which is set to begin Feb. 14 at Claiborne High School.
They have one regular season game left, Friday night at Hal Henard Gymnasium against powerful Science Hill.
The Devils made it a sweep of the Tuesday doubleheader as the GHS girls captured a low-scoring 28-21 win over the Lady Buffs.
West Greene has games left Friday night at home to David Crockett, and Saturday night at cross-county rival South Greene in a district make-up game.
DUNCAN LEADS GHS BOYS
Landon Duncan dropped in 18 points and had seven rebounds in leading the Greeneville boys to their 64-43 win, offsetting a game-high 24-point offensive blitz by West Greene's Tyler Early.
Despite an 0-11 Blue Ridge worksheet and a 2-18 overall mark, the West Greene boys of Coach J.D. Douglas continue to show marked improvement. Turnovers eventually took its toll on West Greene as the Devils pulled away, but the Buffs' defense was rugged enough to force the talented Devils into some bad shots and missed opportunities.
In addition to Duncan's 18 points, Cory Waddell scored 10 and Tyler Renner and Jake Grady netted eight points each. The GHS boys were playing short-handed. Starters Jacob Cobble and Hays Culbreth were absent, as Cobble is still being rested due to back spasms and Culbreth is recovering from a concussion.Trevor Wright is also injured.
The injury list grew even more as Zach Cobble went down with an ankle or leg injury in the fourth quarter Tuesday.
Tyler Early's 24 points easily led the Buffs, who didn't have another player in double digits. Caleb Julian and Tanner Lambert each had six rebounds.
Greeneville led 14-7 after one quarter, then hit three straight treys to start the second, two of them by Grady, to jump into a 23-9 lead and go on to a 33-21 halftime advantage.
West Greene was able to hang around for most of the third. They trailed 39-28 with just over three minutes left before GHS went on an 11-6 spurt the rest of the period to gain some breathing room with a 50-34 lead at the horn.
GHS went up 55-36 before six unanswered by the Buffs cut it back to a 13-point game, but West Greene could get no closer.
WEST GREENE (43): Christopher 2-3 0-0 4, Tyler Early 9-19 3-7 24, Julian 1-3 0-0 2, Ta.Early 1-4 2-3 4, Lambert 0-2 1-2 1, Fillers 1-5 4-4 6, Livingston 0-0 0-0 0, Boestrom 0-1 2-4 2, Kirk 0-0 0-0 0, Hurst 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 14-32 12-20 43.
GREENEVILLE (64): Z.Cobble 1-6 0-0 2, Landon Duncan 6-15 5-5 18, Cory Waddell 4-10 0-0 10, Renner 2-5 4-4 8, Bailey 1-3 0-0 2, Whitehead 2-3 1-2 5, Grady 3-7 0-0 8, Harrison 2-4 0-0 6, Fox 1-3 0-0 2, Young 1-2 0-0 2, Dabbs 0-0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 23-58 11-13 64.
3-Point Goals: WG-3 (Ty.Early 3). GHS-7 (Waddell 2, Grady 2, Harrison 2, Duncan).
Score by quarters:
West Greene 7 14 13 9--43
Greeneville 14 19 17 14--64
LOW SCORING AFFAIR
At first glance at the final score, a fan might be led to believe that somebody held the ball in a 28-21 final score.
But that wasn't the case. Both Greeneville and West Greene ran their offense and tried to score, but the basket wasn't kind to either team and the Lady Devils held on for the victory to improve to 10-16 on the year and 7-5 in the Blue Ridge.
West Greene drops to 6-17 overall and 3-8 in the league.
No player for either squad hit double figures. Madison Grubbs led GHS with nine and Melissa Scott netted seven. Madison Shipley grabbed nine rebounds. Lorena Leon had four steals.
West Greene got nine points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and three assists from Charlotte Murphy.
It took almost half of the opening quarter for either side to score. West Greene was up 6-5 at the break, and the Devils moved to a 14-12 halftime advantage.
A basket by Grubbs and two free throws by Scott put Greeneville ahead 18-12 halfway through the third. West Greene didn't score in the period until Haley Vradenburgh banked in a layup with 1:40 left. GHS was up 22-16 heading into the final period.
Missed free throws haunted the Lady Devils throughout the game and particularly in the fourth quarter. They made only 8-of-23 in the game and couldn't put West Greene away as they missed the free tosses in the final period.
But the Buffs couldn't rally. They made 16 second half turnovers, seven in the fourth quarter, which pretty well ended their hopes for the comeback.
WEST GREENE (21): Reynolds 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-5 3-4 3, Jarrell 1-2 0-0 3, Vradenburgh 3-7 0-0 6, Murphy 3-10 3-4 9. TOTALS: 7-25 6-8 21.
GREENEVILLE (28): Grissom 0-1 0-0 0, L.Leon 0-4 1-2 1, Hall 0-2 1-2 1, Shipley 0-7 1-2 1, Scott 2-5 3-10 7, Grubbs 3-6 1-4 9, S.Leon 1-3 1-3 3, Lowery 3-5 0-0 6, Neas 0-1 0-0 0, Lamb 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 9-35 8-23 28.
3-Point Goals: WG-1 (Jarrell). GHS-2 (Grubbs 2).
Score by quarters:
West Greene 6 6 4 5--21
Greeneville 5 9 8 6--28