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McNeese Leads North Greene On Senior Night

Originally published: 2014-02-10 11:58:46
Last modified: 2014-02-10 11:59:32
 


BY TATE RUSSELL

SUN SPORTS WRITER

With 43 seconds remaining the clock stopped at North Greene and the crowd rose to its feet for the curtain call of one of the school's best ever.

Mendy McNeese knelt down and kissed the hardwood at center court. She rose and slapped hands with her sister Macy, who was checking in for her. The senior then left the floor at the Huskies' Den for what might be the final time.

The ETSU signee carried the Lady Huskies on Friday in a hard fought 58-33 win over West Greene. She led the team with 24 points, 15 of which came in the second half and were a big part of North Greene pulling away in the second half.

North Greene coach James Buchanan is hoping it won't be the last time McNeese plays at North Greene and if the Lady Huskies finish well in the district tournament she will get another chance to improve on Friday's performance.

"Her performance was big, but I would have liked her to have a little better game on her senior night," Buchanan said. "If the chips fall right and we win next Saturday in the tournament we will get to host another game. We hope to get her back here so she can go out on an even better note."

North Greene started the second half up 22-17, their biggest lead to that point, but McNeese ignited the offense and they quickly jumped in front.

"We didn't get out to a very good start but I believe a lot of that has to do with how much West Greene has improved since earlier in the season when we saw them the first time," Buchanan said. "With that said, we eventually started making shots and then were able to get some stops to finally pull away."

McNeese started the half with a deep three from the right wing, and then hit a jumper from the top of the key to put North Greene up 29-21.

Another bomb a minute later made it a double digit game for the first time at the three-minute mark of the third quarter.

North Greene finished the period in front, 37-27.

Katelyn Weems quickly extended that lead in the fourth quarter as she hit a floater from the right side on the Lady Huskies' first possession. She then stole the ball at the mid court and converted a layup at the other end to put North Greene up 41-27.

Weems finished with 10 points. Kristen Payne added 12 for North Greene.

From that point, there was little West Greene could do to stop the Lady Huskies as they kept extending their lead, eventually scoring 21 points in the quarter and winning by 25.

The game started much differently with neither offense able to get much going and as a result neither team was able to create any separation.

Both teams only made three field goals in the first quarter and the only difference at the first break was that one of North Greene's baskets counted for three points, a McNeese delivery from deep in the left corner.

After one quarter, North Greene led 7-6.

The scoring picked up in the second quarter with Candy Majors leading the way for West Greene. The point guard was able to get in the lane and lay it off the glass or draw contact as she scored six in the period and 12 in the game to lead the Lady Buffs.

Haley Vradenburgh scored 11 for West Greene, nine in the first half.

North Greene took a five-point lead for the first timewhen McNeese bounced a pass across the top of the arc to Lauren Baxter who hit from three to make it 20-15 at the 2:28 mark.

The margin was short lived when Vradenburgh laid one off the glass less than 20 seconds later for the Lady Buffs.

West Greene had a chance to make it even closer going into intermission but their final shot attempt came up short and Baxter quickly grabbed the board before hitting McNeese on a outlet pass. McNeese and Taylor Payne had a 2-1 opportunity going the other way. The senior slipped the ball to Payne in the lane and she rolled it off her fingers and in at the buzzer to make it 22-17.

The win marks the 11th in a row for North Greene and has them looking good heading into next week's district tournament.

huskies get past West Greene

The North Greene boys jumped on West Greene quickly but could not put the Buffaloes away until late in a 55-47 win on Friday.

Everything was working early for North Greene as they took a 17-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Center Brett Pollock was controlling the boards, Tanner Collins was able to get to the basket and Tyler Bailey was knocking down jumpers to give them the decisive early advantage.

The margin made it to 14 points in the second quarter before West Greene made a run, primarily from the charity stripe, to make it 26-21 in North Greene's advantage at the half.

Free-throw shooting was a major difference in the contest as both teams made their way to the line plenty but West Greene capitalized more often. The Buffs shot 76 percent from the line while the Huskies made just 62 percent of their attempts and 52 percent in the first 30 minutes of the contest.

Jordan Fillers knocked down two three-pointers early in the second half to start to get things going for the Buffs but Zane Britton answered with two of his own to make it 38-28 North Greene.

Fillers finished as the game's leading scorer with 19 points. Tyler Earley scored 12 for West Greene.

Bailey led North Greene with 12 points and Brett Bolton scored 11.

North Greene went into the fourth quarter up 40-34 but West Greene refused to go away.

They opened the final period on a 7-0 run and with three minutes left it was a two-point game at 43-41.

The Huskies found their stroke at the charity stripe in the final 1:32 and hit seven of their final eight free throws to finish in front at the final horn.

by tate russell

sun sports writer

With 43 seconds remaining the clock stopped at North Greene and the crowd rose to its feet for the curtain call of one of the school's best ever.

Mendy McNeese knelt down and kissed the hardwood at center court. She rose and slapped hands with her sister Macy, who was checking in for her. The senior then left the floor at the Huskies' Den for what might be the final time.

The ETSU signee carried the Lady Huskies on Friday in a hard fought 58-33 win over West Greene. She led the team with 24 points, 15 of which came in the second half and were a big part of North Greene pulling away in the second half.

North Greene coach James Buchanan is hoping it won't be the last time McNeese plays at North Greene and if the Lady Huskies finish well in the district tournament she will get another chance to improve on Friday's performance.

"Her performance was big, but I would have liked her to have a little better game on her senior night," Buchanan said. "If the chips fall right and we win next Saturday in the tournament we will get to host another game. We hope to get her back here so she can go out on an even better note."

North Greene started the second half up 22-17, their biggest lead to that point, but McNeese ignited the offense and they quickly jumped in front.

"We didn't get out to a very good start but I believe a lot of that has to do with how much West Greene has improved since earlier in the season when we saw them the first time," Buchanan said. "With that said, we eventually started making shots and then were able to get some stops to finally pull away."

McNeese started the half with a deep three from the right wing, and then hit a jumper from the top of the key to put North Greene up 29-21.

Another bomb a minute later made it a double digit game for the first time at the three-minute mark of the third quarter.

North Greene finished the period in front, 37-27.

Katelyn Weems quickly extended that lead in the fourth quarter as she hit a floater from the right side on the Lady Huskies' first possession. She then stole the ball at the mid court and converted a layup at the other end to put North Greene up 41-27.

Weems finished with 10 points. Kristen Payne added 12 for North Greene.

From that point, there was little West Greene could do to stop the Lady Huskies as they kept extending their lead, eventually scoring 21 points in the quarter and winning by 25.

The game started much differently with neither offense able to get much going and as a result neither team was able to create any separation.

Both teams only made three field goals in the first quarter and the only difference at the first break was that one of North Greene's baskets counted for three points, a McNeese delivery from deep in the left corner.

After one quarter, North Greene led 7-6.

The scoring picked up in the second quarter with Candy Majors leading the way for West Greene. The point guard was able to get in the lane and lay it off the glass or draw contact as she scored six in the period and 12 in the game to lead the Lady Buffs.

Haley Vradenburgh scored 11 for West Greene, nine in the first half.

North Greene took a five-point lead for the first timewhen McNeese bounced a pass across the top of the arc to Lauren Baxter who hit from three to make it 20-15 at the 2:28 mark.

The margin was short lived when Vradenburgh laid one off the glass less than 20 seconds later for the Lady Buffs.

West Greene had a chance to make it even closer going into intermission but their final shot attempt came up short and Baxter quickly grabbed the board before hitting McNeese on a outlet pass. McNeese and Taylor Payne had a 2-1 opportunity going the other way. The senior slipped the ball to Payne in the lane and she rolled it off her fingers and in at the buzzer to make it 22-17.

The win marks the 11th in a row for North Greene and has them looking good heading into next week's district tournament.

huskies get past West Greene

The North Greene boys jumped on West Greene quickly but could not put the Buffaloes away until late in a 55-47 win on Friday.

Everything was working early for North Greene as they took a 17-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Center Brett Pollock was controlling the boards, Tanner Collins was able to get to the basket and Tyler Bailey was knocking down jumpers to give them the decisive early advantage.

The margin made it to 14 points in the second quarter before West Greene made a run, primarily from the charity stripe, to make it 26-21 in North Greene's advantage at the half.

Free-throw shooting was a major difference in the contest as both teams made their way to the line plenty but West Greene capitalized more often. The Buffs shot 76 percent from the line while the Huskies made just 62 percent of their attempts and 52 percent in the first 30 minutes of the contest.

Jordan Fillers knocked down two three-pointers early in the second half to start to get things going for the Buffs but Zane Britton answered with two of his own to make it 38-28 North Greene.

Fillers finished as the game's leading scorer with 19 points. Tyler Earley scored 12 for West Greene.

Bailey led North Greene with 12 points and Brett Bolton scored 11.

North Greene went into the fourth quarter up 40-34 but West Greene refused to go away.

They opened the final period on a 7-0 run and with three minutes left it was a two-point game at 43-41.

The Huskies found their stroke at the charity stripe in the final 1:32 and hit seven of their final eight free throws to finish in front at the final horn.

 
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