BY TATE RUSSELL
SUN SPORTS WRITER
After an underwhelming performance earlier in the week against Providence, North Greene came ready to play from the opening whistle Thursday night en route to a 74-50 victory over visiting Washburn.
The Huskies improved to 10-2 overall on the season.
"We played a lot better tonight than we did Tuesday night," North Greene head coach Brandon Broyles said. "We kind of had a 'come to Jesus' meeting yesterday during practice and I told them that we have to come out focused and ready to go every night. I feel like my kids played their tails off tonight."
The inside-outside combo of Tanner Collins and Garret Harbin carried the Huskies. Collins dropped 16 points and Harbin banged his way to 20 in the win.
Harbin took control in the game's opening period, outscoring Washburn 13-10 on his own and carrying North Greene to a 22-10 lead early.
Brett Bolton, Zach Britton and Troy Holt added to the mix in the second quarter as the lead jumped to 43-18 by intermission.
Collins came out of the locker room on fire, finding his spot in the corner and sinking a pair three pointers. He tallied the Huskies' first nine points of the second half. Harbin knocked in three of North Greene's next four baskets and pushed the margin to a game-high 35 points with 2:00 in third quarter.
With a comfortable lead, Broyles gave Collins and Harbin a well deserved rest and deferred to some of the less experienced Huskies. Big man Brett Pollock scored eight in the games closing segment to finish in double figures with 10 points on the night.
"We got some younger kids a lot of minutes tonight, which is good. Those younger kids got a lot of varsity action tonight and that will help us in the future," Broyles said.
Three Washburn players scored in double figures, led by Kendall Beeler with 14 points. Adam Williams and Cory Scearce each had 12.
Things will get a little tougher for Broyles' squad next week as they visit Greeneville on Tuesday and then return to district action after a four game stretch of non-district competition with a matchup against Unaka Thursday.
Broyles said, "I've watched Greeneville a couple of time and they're very good. Coach (Brad) Woolsey does an excellent job with those guys. Then Thursday we have a conference road game. For us to do what we want to do as a team this season, Thursday is a big game for us."