BY SCOTT R. FISHER
SUN SPORTS WRITER
GREENEVILLE - If all of Greeneville High's basketball games were against fellow Blue Ridge Athletic Conference foes, then the Greene Devils would be having a strong year.
Unfortunately, GHS plays teams from outside of the BRAC and some of those teams are bigger schools. Greeneville has struggled against 3-A schools this season.
On Saturday night, the Greene Devils dropped a doubleheader to Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett. The Devils fell 57-42 and now their record stands at 14-7 on the season.
In the opening game of the night, the Lady Indians out-paced the Lady Devils 56-39. Greeneville's record drops to 7-12.
Greeneville travels to South Greene on Tuesday in a cross-county and BRAC matchup.
GREENE DEVILS LACK FIREPOWER IN LOSS
The Greeneville boys' basketball team hung close with Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett on Saturday, but could not generate enough offense to capture the win.
The Indians took control in the second quarter and went on to knock of Greeneville 57-42 at Hal Henard Gymnasium.
The Greene Devils finished the opening quarter tied at 10, but struggled to get on track offensively in the second period. GHS only netted eight points in the second.
Dobyns-Bennett scored the first two baskets of the quarter, but Greeneville responded with four quick points by senior Jacob Cobble. That would be the last time the Indians did not hold the lead.
An 11-2 run by D-B turned the game in favor of the visitors from Kingsport. A close game quickly became a nine-point deficit for Greeneville.
Senior Landon Duncan scored right before half to stem the tide, but Dobyns-Bennett still held a comfortable 25-18 cushion at the break.
The Indians came out of the locker room and exploded with another 11-2 outburst. Cobble scored the only bucket for Greeneville during the run.
Once again it was Duncan who put an end to the Dobyns-Bennett run. He sank a three-pointer to cut the lead down to 36-23 with about four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
That is when junior Trevor Wright took over. Wright scored the final nine points of the quarter for the Greene Devils. He sank two straight baskets to pull his team within 38-27.
Wright drained a three-pointer to trim the lead to 40-30. He then closed out the quarter by converting two foul shots with 4.7 seconds remaining in the frame. The efforts by Wright only helped Greeneville stay within 11 points, though.
Heading into the final quarter, Dobyns-Bennett enjoyed a 43-32 lead. That margin never dropped below eight points the rest of the way.
Duncan started the scoring in the fourth with a basket to bring the deficit under 10 for the first in more than eight minutes,
Senior Corey Waddell attempted to start a rally with a three-pointer a few minutes later. His triple sliced the lead to 47-39. Unfortunately, the Indians took the air out the ball and limited Greeneville's possessions.
Dobyns-Bennett scored the next 10 points to put the game out of reach.
The Indians were led by a trio of players with 12 points each - Makakle Forman, John Fulkerson and Andrel Anderson.
The Greene Devils' leading scorer was Wright with 12 points. Donovan collected 11 points in the loss. Cobble added eight points and Waddell contributed seven.
LADY DEVILS CANNOT OVERCOME SLOW START
Offensive struggles in the first half doomed the Greeneville Lady Devils on Saturday. The Lady Devils connected on only five shot attempts in the first 16 minutes and could never recover.
Greeneville fell 56-39 to Dobyns-Bennett in a non-conference matchup at Hal Henard.
The Lady Devils fell behind 6-0 and later 11-2 in the first quarter. Junior Madison Shipley and sophomore Melissa Scott scored the final five points of the first to cut the deficit at the end of the first to 11-7.
The scoring for Greeneville became even harder in the second, though. The team managed only five points in the second period. The Lady Indians reeled off 18 points to expand their lead to 28-12 heading into the halftime intermission
Most of the trouble was not poor shooting by the Lady Devils. The team only had five shot attempts the entire quarter.
Dobyns-Bennett stepped up the defensive pressure and forced Greeneville into numerous turnovers. The Lady Indians turned those turnovers into easy baskets on the other end. Sasha Morrisette had four of those buckets. She went on to finish with a game-high 24 points.
After the intermission, Greeneville netted seven of the first 10 points.
The closest the Lady Devils could trim the lead down to in the third was 35-24 when Shipley knocked down a three-pointer. She led her team with 10 points.
Despite more than doubling their first half scoring output, Greeneville still trailed 41-28 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter, Dobyns-Bennett held the Lady Devils at bay and never allowed them a big rally to get back into the contest. Greeneville never scored more than three points before the Lady Indians answered with at least a free-throw.
Shipley was the only Lady Devils to reach double-digit scoring. Seven other players scored at least one point for Greeneville.