BY ADAM GREENE
MOSHEIM -- Some good Greeneville shooting and some bad West Greene luck helped the Lady Greene Devils cruise to victory Friday night. The Lady Buffaloes were without their best player for most of the first half, helping Greeneville build a double-digit lead they held for the rest of the game, winning 50-31 in the key District 2-AA match up.
"Anytime you win a conference game on the road, it's important," Greeneville coach Lesley Murray said. "That was a good, solid defensive effort from Melissa Scott. She had the task of guarding (West Greene's) Charlotte Murphy, who is one of the best players in our conference. Fortunately we got her in some foul trouble in the first quarter and she didn't play a lot in the first half."
Greeneville (4-6, 2-2 D-2AA) snapped a three-game losing streak with the win. The Lady Buffaloes (1-10, 0-4) haven't won since beating Providence Academy on Nov. 23.
"We're not playing very well right now," West Greene coach Edward Gettys said. "We're not running the offense effectively. We're playing fairly hard on defense, but when your offense is not going, it's tough."
With Murphy on the bench, Greeneville charged out to a an early 14-4 lead in the opening quarter. Three straight turnovers from the Lady Buffaloes didn't help them get back in it, with Greeneville post Madison Shipley capitalizing on most on the offensive end. Murphy scored 21 of her 23 points in the first half.
"She (Shipley) hit some outside shots and that opened up some things for us," Murray said. "Our game is to mainly feed the post players and when we can hit shots and open up the outside, it helps our confidence. She was hitting free throws, attacking and being aggressive. It was good to see."
Scott didn't just help slow down Murphy for the Lady Devils, she scored 10 points as well, with six in the first quarter. Greeneville led 33-12 at the half, with the Lady Buffaloes only getting double figures on the scoreboard in the later half of the second period.
West Greene turned up the heat in the third quarter and pulled within 15 with an 8-3 run. The shots just couldn't fall for the Lady Buffaloes and they could get it no closer.
"We're not getting the right kind of shots," Gettys said. "We have to get the kind of shots we can make. We're forcing stuff."
Greeneville closed the game out strong, with their bench contributing eight of their 12 points in the final period to make up for the slow down in the third.
"We didn't come out well in the third quarter," Murray said. "We have to be able to play a complete game and we didn't. That's something we have to work on and focus on changing that."