Free throws were the difference for North Greene Friday night.
The Lady Huskies scored 37 points at the charity stripe - including 16 in the fourth quarter - as they rallied for a 63-48 victory over Chuckey-Doak.
"If those freethrows were a one-game thing, I would have been surprised," North Greene coach James Buchanan said. "But as a team, we shoot about 70 percent and that will probably go up a little bit after tonight."
"We've been seeing that and we're very proud of that as a team. It's always good as a coach to know if you do have kids that get fouled they can bring back points. They've worked very hard on that aspect of their game and now we have to get them to work on a few more aspects."
North Greene went into the fourth quarter down 40-38 but a perfect 16-for-16 performance at the charity stripe made all the difference as they pulled away late.
The Lady Huskies struggled from the field, making only 10 field goals for the contest and just three in the first half.
Mendy McNeese led North Greene with 26 points, going 21-for-24 at the free-throw line in what Buchanan described as a bad game for her. McNeese did struggle to find her stroke from the field and her passes were not as spot on as most are accustomed to from the ETSU signee.
Despite some miscues, McNeese's ability to get to the line late was what really allowed the Lady Huskies to gain and maintain the lead in the fourth quarter as she made four trips to the stripe and came away with eight points on those trips.
In total, 43 fouls were called in the contest, 28 of them against Chuckey-Doak.
The Lady Knights brought a lot of pressure on defense early in the contest, pressing and trapping which prevented North Greene from getting into any sort of offensive flow.
"I'm pretty disappointed in the way we took care of the ball," Buchanan said. "It wasn't that we started handling their pressure that caused them to quit pressing. They quit pressing because the game was called so tight. We have to fix that. We have to be able to handle pressure."
As a result of the pressure they applied, the Lady Knights jumped out to an early 7-3 lead and looked to be pulling away. However, back-to-back threes by Lauren Baxter and Katelyn Weems swung the lead in North Greene's favor. The quarter ended with the teams tied at 13.
Weems finished the game with 17 points. Baxter had 9.
Things stayed knotted through much of the second quarter but with seven second left in the half McNeese connected on a charity toss to give the Lady Huskies a 25-24 lead at intermission. North Greene scored 12 second-quarter points, with ten of them coming at the free-throw line.
The third quarter was the only quarter the Lady Huskies scored more from the field than they did from the line, but they fell behind by the end of the stanza.
Chuckey-Doak pushed its cushion to eight at one juncture of the third, thanks to a strong performance from Andi Lamb. She scored six in the quarter and 16 in the game to lead her team.
McNeese sank a triple from the top of the key to start the fourth quarter and it gave North Greene a lead they would never relinquish.
The Lady Huskies changed things up on the defensive end in the fourth quarter to slow Lamb and keep her out of the paint. It worked as the forward was held to a lone three-pointer in the final period.
"Lamb started hurting us real bad so we had to change a little bit and we went to something a little different in the fourth quarter to keep her from scoring around the basket," Buchanan said.
After a tough loss on Tuesday to South Greene Chuckey-Doak head coach Sam Broyles wanted his team to refocus and concentrate on forcing the ball into the paint.
On Friday against North Greene the Black Knights used their size to their advantage and topped the Huskies 54-47.
Their three primary post players JoshLamb, Taylor Johnson and Daniel Beddingfield combined for 26 points and also opened the lane allowing Ben Gridley to slash his way to an 18 point night.
North Greene center Brett Pollock held his own and played strong underneath for the Huskies as he powered his way to an 18-point night.
The game could not have started better for North Greene as they jumped out to an 8-2 lead on a Troy Hall trey and an old-fashioned-three-point play by Pollock.
From their Chuckey-Doak went on a 26-2 run highlighted mostly by Gridley and Garren Taylor attacking the rim.
North Greene was outscored 16-6 in the second quarter and went into half time trailing 30-19.
A three pointer by Tyler Bailey and a three-point play from Pollock narrowed the margin to sevenin the third quarter but Chuckey-Doak was able to maintain control with a balanced attack.
In the fourth when they needed to ice the contest the Black Knights fed the ball to Lamb on the block and the senior put in nine of his 13 points to carry Chuckey-Doak to victory.