BY DARREN REESE
SUN SPORTS EDITOR
The South Greene girls' basketball team honored seniors Alora Ricker and Cheyenne Upton after Saturday night's game against Chuckey-Doak.
Head coach Stephen Gregg hopes it won't be the last time those two take the court on Rebel Hill, though.
The duo celebrated their Senior Night game with outstanding performances. Upton recorded a double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while Ricker added 17 points, as the Lady Rebels rolled to a 72-55 win over visiting Chuckey-Doak.
South Greene could play at least one more home game should they advance to the finals of the upcoming District 1-A tournament and earn the right to host a Region 1-A satellite opener. There is also the opportunity to host a substate game on down the line.
But Gregg wasn't thinking about any of that on this night.
"We certainly hope it wasn't their last game here," Gregg said. "But I thought this was a senior night that both Cheyenne and Alora could be proud of. They had great efforts, as did several other girls."
"I thought this was a good way for us to end the regular season. Those two seniors have been great leaders for us, and I hope to see their season last a lot longer."
South Greene finished the regular season with a 22-8 record and is currently ranked No. 8 in the state for Class A. Chuckey-Doak is 8-16 overall with a District 2-AA game against Greeneville remaining tonight at home.
Peyton Williams contributed 12 points for the Lady Rebels, followed by Ashton Wykle with nine and Lyndsey Cutshaw with eight.
Williams and Cutshaw each contributed six rebounds, while Wykle had seven steals.
"We had three in double digits and a couple more right behind," Gregg said. "I thought we passed the ball well. We came out of the gate strong and got the lead. We knew Chuckey-Doak wouldn't go away. They are a scrappy bunch."
Chuckey-Doak was led by the 17 points and six rebounds of Andi Lamb. Katie Lawson added 10 points, while Keri Ricker and Asialyn Manual each chipped in seven.
The Lady Rebels forced eight Chuckey-Doak turnovers in the first quarter as they needed just over four minutes to build a double-digit lead.
South Greene made 11-of-18 shots in the opening quarter as all five starters scored at least four points. Williams led the way with six points and the margin stood at 26-12 heading into the second.
Chuckey-Doak got its offense going in the second as Lamb and Kara Aubry each scored six points and the team made 9-of-15 shots.
Upton and Ricker combined for 13 points in the frame, though, and South Greene held on to a 43-31 cushion at halftime.
The Lady Rebels needed just three minutes in the third quarter to push the margin to 20 points at 53-33. Chuckey-Doak only committed two turnovers in the period after tallying 13 in the first half, but managed to make just three field goals in the third.