The home nets proved to the liking of Greeneville's Landon Duncan Friday night.
The senior guard scored 22 points, including six three-point, to lead Greeneville to a 66-55 win over Cumberland Gap Friday night in a showdown of the top two teams in the District 2-AA boys' standings.
"We picked up our defensive intensity and turned that into easy look offense," Greeneville coach Brad Woolsey said. "Our shooting was huge these can do it, and they're good at it. They can stroke it and when they're on it makes us pretty good."
The Greene Devils (14-6 overall, 7-0 district) got off to a slow start, trailing 8-2 after Trevor Graves knocked down a trey and followed it with three made free throws in a matter of 30 seconds.
Duncan kept Greeneville alive, knocking down three-pointers on three consecutive possessions to finish the first period 17-15.
"We started slow tonight," Woolsey said. "We didn't have a lot of defensive intensity early. Landon's shooting really kept us in the game."
The Greene Devils shrugged off the slow start and turned up the intensity to start the second period. Taylor Bailey started things with a reverse lay-up that he rolled in from underneath the goal.
Quan Harrison then found Zach Cobble on a half court heave that Cobble finished for two, giving Greeneville its first lead at 19-17. Hays Culbreth extended the margin the next trip down the court when he wove around a trio of Panther defenders for a lay up.
Greeneville stretched its lead to as many as 11 in the first half when Trevor Wright found Duncan open underneath for an easy lay in.
Cumberland Gap's (11-6, 5-2) Nathan Hatmaker brought the margin to nine with 25 seconds left in the first half, as the teams entered the break with Greeneville leading 35-26.
In the third quarter the Greene Devils knocked down four triples, three coming from Duncan and the other from Cory Waddell. Waddell finished with 12 points in the contest.
On the night, Greeneville made 10 three pointers. Cobble hit two threes as part of his 10 points
Greeneville used the outside shooting to build its lead to 16 at the end of three quarters.
The Panthers mounted a comeback in the fourth and narrowed the Greene Devils' lead to six with 2:21 remaining in the game.
Waddell made good on four free-throw attempts down the stretch to hold off the Cumberland Gap surge.
The Panther were led in scoring by Trevor Graves with 13 points.
The Greeneville girls dominated Cumberland Gap, winning 50-12 in a contest that was decided early on.
Greeneville head coach Lesley Murray said, "It was a good defensive effort and a good team effort from the girls. We got to get a lot of girls in and play them a lot, which was really big."
Forward Melissa Scott scored the game's first eight points, using her size advantage and utilizing some nice passes from Madison Shipley to out-maneuver the Lady Panthers' (2-14, 0-7) post defenders.
Scott led all scorers with 12 points. All 12 were scored in the opening quarter as the Lady Greene Devils' (7-11, 4-3) jumped out to 25-5 first quarter advantage.
Murray sent in four reserves to start the second quarter, with Katelynn Hadjopoulos the lone starter returning to action. Hadjopoulos left the game early in the first quarter after she landed awkwardly and injured her right knee.
"We have some very capable players that go at us really hard in practice and it was good to get them in the game and get them a lot minutes to reward their hard work," Murray said.
The Lady Greene Devils' bench played hard-nosed defense in the second period, allowing only three points. They extended their lead to 27 by halftime, led by Oliva Hall, who scored five in the quarter and seven for the game.
In the third quarter, the lead stretched further as Murray continued to substitute liberally. Hadjopoulos and Madison Grubbs each connected on a triple for Greeneville as they went on a 12-0 third-quarter run after the Lady Panthers' Chelsea Bingham opened the second half scoring.
Greeneville 25 10 12 3 50
Cumberland Gap 5 3 2 2 12
Melissa Scott 12
Madison Shipley 9
Madison Grubbs 8
Olivia Hall 7
Reagan Lowery 4
Meghan Lamb 3
Katelynn Hadjopoulos 3
Selena Leon 2
Ashley Ridgeley 3
Whitney Elliot 2
Genna Lake 2
Amber Craig 2
Chelsea Bingham 2
Tessa Brooks 1
Greeneville 15 20 20 11 66
Cumberland Gap 17 9 13 16 55
Landon Duncan 22
Cory Waddell 12
Zach Cobble 10
Jacob Cobble 8
Hays Culbreth 6
Taylor Bailey 4
Trevor Wright 2
Quan Harrison 2
Trevor Graves 13
Isaac Daniels 12
Nathan Hatmaker 11
Blake Arnold 10
Matt Wade 5
Blake Franklin 3
Jordan King 1