BY SCOTT R. FISHER
MOSHEIM - There was no shortage of points Friday night at West Greene. The four teams combined to score 309 points in two games.
West Greene and David Crockett split a non-conference double-header on Friday. The Lady Buffs easily handled the Lady Pioneers 84-56. In the second game of the night, West Greene dropped a high-scoring affair 89-80.
West Greene travels to South Greene tonight to take on its cross-county and conference rival.
MURPHY POURS IN 39 POINTS
Senior Charlotte Murphy powered her team to a huge win against the Lady Pioneers. Murphy netted a career-high 39 points in her team's victory.
According to head coach Ed Gettys, the Lady Buffs played their best game of the season.
"I thought it was the best we played together all year," he said. "The best we played all year."
The opening quarter was close until the just over two minutes remained. West Greene went on a 10-1 run to finish the period. Murphy and sophomore Kristen Johnson did all the damage.
The Lady Buffs turned an 8-6 deficit into a 16-9 lead after the first eight minutes.
"We came out on fire," Murphy said, "We were expecting a win."
The strong play by West Greene continued into the second quarter as well. The big scoring spurt grew in the early minutes of the second. When the Lady Pioneers finally scored another basket, the Lady Buffs had exploded for a 21-3 run.
The score with about five minutes left before halftime was 27-11 in favor of the home team.
David Crockett did not lay down and quit, though. The Lady Pioneers responded with an 11-0 scoring barrage of their own. On three straight possessions, the Lady Pioneers had three-point plays. One was a basket from behind the arc and two were a basket and foul shot.
That 16-point lead was quickly cut down to 27-22. The Lady Buffs turned to Murphy to build the lead back up before the break. West Greene extended the lead to 42-29 at the end of the second period.
Murphy scored 23 of her squad's 42 points in the first half. She added 16 after the halftime break. Murphy was nearly perfect at the line. She made 17 of 18 shots at the charity stripe.
"I missed that one free throw, so that took the 40 points away." Murphy said.
In the second half, several Lady Buffs found their rhythm and knocked down shots. Johnson and junior Baylee Jarrell connected from long distance in the third quarter to spark their team. Jarrell drained three triples in the period.
"We got good contributions from a lot of players," Gettys said. "There were enough points to go around."
West Greene pulled away in the third by outscoring David Crockett 25-15 in the quarter. Heading into the fourth, the lead was 67-44 in favor of the Lady Buffs.
With such a big lead, the only question remaining was how many points would Murphy end up with for the game. Gettys pulled her with several minutes remaining and his team up big.
"I was not keeping track. It was okay," Murphy said about coming out of the game before reaching 40 points.
West Greene had four players reach double-digit scoring. Murphy led with 39, Johnson had 13, Jarrell contributed 11 points and freshman Candy Majors chipped in 10 points.
David Crockett was led by Heather Scalf with 17 points in the loss.
BUFFS COME UP SHORT IN THRILLER
No coach is ever happy when his team gives up 89 points in a game, but West Greene head coach JD Douglas felt his team played another strong game. And still came away with another loss.
On Friday, it was David Crockett who knocked off the Buffs 89-80 in a non-conference battle.
"We are still playing well," Douglas said. "We are still peaking. We are hungry for a win. Not just a moral victory."
The story of the contest was the incredible free-throw shooting by the Pioneers. As a team, David Crockett sank 36 of 38 shots from the free throw line.
"They knocked down free throws," Douglas said. "I commend them for that. That is where the ballgame was won - in the free throws."
West Greene actually started the contest strong and held an early 9-2 lead. David Crockett closed the first quarter by scoring 13 of the last 17 points. That gave the Pioneers the 21-17 lead through one quarter.
The deficit for West Greene grew to 11 points in the second period. Tyler Page erupted for 13 points in the quarter. Page had 21 of his 24 points in the first half.
West Greene was able to trim the lead down to eight points by the end of the third quarter. Seniors Tyler and Tanner Earley combined for 11 points in the quarter. Tyler led his team with 24 points while his brother Tanner added 23 in the loss.
The Buffs did not mount a serious threat until just over midway through the fourth, though. Freshman Jordan Fillers knocked down two three-pointers and Tyler Earley added a basket to cut the deficit down to 70-75 with about 3 minutes remaining in the contest.
West Greene actually almost had another steal on the next defensive possession. That might have changed things.
"If we get a tip, it changes the dynamic of the game," Douglas said.
From then on, the Pioneers kept making free throws. In the final 2;41, they made 16 of 17 free throws.
Besides the Earley brothers, only junior Tanner Lambert reached double-digit scoring with 10 points.
David Crockett was led by Isaac Barkley with 24 points.