BY ADAM GREENE
There wasn't much to do for the North Greene High School girls basketball team starters Thursday night. After surging out to a 34-0 lead over Cedar View Christian School - in the opening period of their second game of their double-header against Cedar View Christian School, the Lady Huskies bench was cleared as the reserves powered to a 63-30 win at Jerome Woolsey Gymnasium.
Earlier in the day, North Greene beat KACHEA 66-30 to begin the season 2-0. In both games, the Lady Huskies back ups got most of the minutes on the floor.
"That was the objective of these two games," North Greene coach James Buchanan said. "We love these two teams that come in and play us. They've got great kids and great coaches. It's a good way to start the season off and get all your players some playing time. Those kids work hard in practice so I try to get them in if I can."
There was also a little added incentive according to senior guard Dariane Bailey. Bailey had 11 against the Lady Wildcats in the opener, then added another 12 against the Lady Seahawks in the second game.
"Coach (Buchanan) told us that if we didn't get ahead of them in double-digits then he would run our guts out in practice," Bailey said. "That helped a lot. We're not going to take it easy on a team, no matter who they are. It's teams like that can take advantage of it and beat us if we're not careful."
The Lady Huskies were nearly perfect in the first period, squandering just one possession that didn't end up in at least two points. On the defensive end, Cedar View struggled to even get off a shot as at least half of their early possessions ended in turnovers.
"That first quarter really showed the difference in talent level," Buchanan said. "We just had better players on the floor than they did. We wanted to take a look at some different kinds of pressure and that made it hard on them for a while. When you're forcing turnovers and getting some easy shots, that equals a lot of points most nights."
The starters for North Greene never took the floor again after the first quarter. The Lady Huskies replaced them with fresh legs, led by Macy McNeese, Kaylin Bowser and Talley Bailey.
"In situations like this, we're able to see who might be able to help us and jump into our rotation and play some varsity minutes," Buchanan said. "We thought they played hard, but saw some things we need to improve on."
Almost one minute into the second period, the Lady Seahawks got their first points with a layup from Emily Clark.
On the bench taking a well-deserved rest, Bailey was especially pleased with what she saw out of the freshmen and sophomores on the floor, especially McNeese and Bowser.
"She (McNeese) is probably the smallest girl we have on our team, but she's one of the roughest girls we have out there," Bailey said. "She'll get her nose in there. She don't care."
McKenzie Reynolds scored five points. Macy McNeese scored four, Talley Bailey had six and Bowser led all the reserves with eight.
"She (Bowser) is a real good shooter," Bailey said. "She works hard in practice and does anything we ask her to do."
Against KACHEA, Laiken Morrow scored 17 points and Mendy McNeese scored 12. Katelyn Weems put in 10 points, including two three-pointers against Cedar View.