By WAYNE PHILLIPS
Sports Editor Emeritus
Playing before the usual packed gymnasium when these two schools collide in basketball, South Greene chalked up a doubleheader victory over rival West Greene Friday night at Jimmy Jones Gymnasium.
The two teams are no longer in the same league so it was the final time this year the squads could meet, and the Lady Rebels saw a 20-point lead evaporate before holding on for a 62-56 win.
Later, the South Greene boys put together a solid performance, including a 30-point third quarter, and beat the Buffs 74-61.
West Greene faces a very busy week with four games over five days, starting tonight when they go to David Crockett. They follow that up Tuesday at Greeneville, play at home to Chuckey-Doak in a make-up contest Thursday, then go to North Greene on Friday. The GHS and C-D games are Blue Ridge Conference contests.
South Greene has a crucial home make-up game with Unaka tonight, then closes out the regular season at home on Saturday to county rival Chuckey-Doak.
Rebels 74, Buffaloes 61
Coach Terry Hoese was pleased that his Rebels have played well in back-to-back games, beating Watauga Valley Conference rival University High on Friday before turning back the Buffs on Saturday. But he knows that tonight's conference game with Unaka is critical.
"We're battling to get that No. 2 seed and stay away from that play-in game to get to the region," he said. "It was good to see the boys play well again tonight. We need to keep that up."
Four Rebs scored in double figures, led by junior guard Logan Tweed with 20 points. Senior Nick Fillers chipped in with 14, senior Daniel Lowery had 12 and senior Caleb Shaw scored 11.
West Greene had five players in double digits, led by sophomore Jordan Fillers with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Jacob Peters came off the bench to add 13. Senior Tanner Earley and sophomore Cole Christopher each scored 11 while senior Tyler Earley added 10.
A tight game turned the way of the Rebels (11-13) in the third period after they held a slender 28-25 edge at intermission.
A 9-1 run to start the second half, with Tweed getting back-to-back baskets and Shaw nailing a 3-pointer, game the Rebs some breathing room as the lead expanded to 37-26. West Greene never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
It was 42-34 on a basket by Christopher with 4:19 left in the third before the Rebs went on a 8-1 spurt, with Tweed and Fillers both hitting threes, to expand the lead to 51-35. It was 58-44 at the close of the third after South Greene had outscored their hosts 30-19 in the period.
West Greene (2-19) tried to rally, cutting a 20-point lead to 13 with 1:30 left in the game, but they would get no closer than the final margin of 13 points.
Daniel Lowery had seven rebounds to lead the winners in that category while Dylan Yates grabbed six caroms.
SOUTH GREENE (74): Daniel Lowery 4 4-4 12, Logan Tweed 6 6-8 20, Caleb Shaw 4 1-4 11, Nick Fillers 5 2-2 14, Yates 1 2-2 4, Gessner 2 2-4 6, To.Brown 1 0-0 2, Tr. Brown 2 1-1 5. TOTALS: 25 18-25 74.
WEST GREENE (61): Tanner Earley 5 0-0 11, Tyler Earley 4 0-0 10, Cole Christopher 4 3-5 11, Jordan Fillers 6 0-3 13, Lambert 1 1-2 3, Jacob Peters 5 3-4 13. TOTALS: 25 7-14 61.
3-Point Goals: SG--6 (Tweed 2, Shaw 2, Fillers 2). WG--4 (Ty.Earley 2, Ta.Earley, Fillers).
Score by quarters:
South Greene 12 16 30 16--74
West Greene 13 12 19 17--61
LADY BUFFS RALLY FALLS SHORT
The Lady Rebels reached the 20-win plateau for the season (20-8), but it didn't come without some anxious moments in their 62-56 win over the Lady Buffs (4-18).
Thanks to a remarkable shooting performance by junior Reb guard Ashton Wykle in the first half, the Rebs coasted into intermission with a big 44-25 advantage and seemed to have the game in hand. Wykle scored 21 points in the half, including five 3-pointers.
But the Buffs displayed a never-say-die attitude in the second half and clawed their way back into it, thanks to a 17-point, 11-rebound performance by sophomore Haley Vradenburgh.
Vradenburgh scored eight points in the third quarter as the Buffs outscored SG 17-10 in the quarter and sliced the deficit to 54-42.
The surge continued into the fourth as the only points SG could muster over the first four minutes of the final period was a pair of buckets by Wykle, who received some extra defensive attention which limited her looks in the second half.
Vradenburgh made two free throws with 3:13 left to close the gap to 58-50 and the Rebs helped the Buffs by missing crucial free throws. A 3-pointer by junior Kristen Johnson with 1:20 left made it a 59-53 game, and after another SG miss at the foul line, junior Hannah Julian made two charity tosses to leave the Buffs trailing by only 59-55.
Forced to foul, senior Alora Ricker converted two at the line which seemed to stymie the Buff rally.
Wykle finished with 25 points, six steals and five assists to lead South Greene, while Ricker tossed in 15. Senior Cheyenne Upton added 12 points and nine rebounds.
In addition to Vradenburgh's 17 points, Johnson scored 13 and had five assists for the Lady Buffs.
SOUTH GREENE (62): Cheyenne Upton 5 2-6 12, Ashton Wykle 10 0-0 25, Cutshaw 0 3-4 3, Williams 2 2-4 6, Alora Ricker 6 2-5 15, Crum 0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 23 10-21 62.
WEST GREENE (56): Majors 1 0-0 2, Kristen Johnson 3 6-10 13, Hensley 2 2-3 7, Jarrell 2 0-0 5, Haley Vradenburgh 6 5-8 17, Julian 1 2-2 4, Pierce 2 0-0 4, Reynolds 1 2-2 4. TOTALS: 18 17-25 56.
3-Point Goals: SG--6 (Wykle 5, Ricker). WG--3 (Johnson, Hensley, Jarrell).
Score by quarters:
South Greene 25 19 10 8--62
West Greene 12 13 17 14--56