Sports Editor Emeritus
North Greene and South Greene, both girls and boys, held service Monday night in the opening round of the sixth annual Greene County Thanksgiving Tournament, and those squads are on a collision course Friday in the tourney semifinals.
The Lady Huskies (4-1) had no trouble in coasting past Tri-Cities Christian 66-28, while the Lady Rebels (3-1) took care of Sullivan East 65-54. The two impressive looking county teams will play
each other Friday at 4 p.m. in the semifinals.
In boys play Monday, North Greene (4-0) held off Tri-Cities Christian 65-54, while South Greene (2-2) won a 58-53 thriller over KACHEA (Kingsport Area Christian Home School Education Association).
The Huskies and Rebs will meet Friday at 5:30 in the semis.
Four more first round games are set for tonight at the Chuckey-Doak gymnasium. The host Black Knights, girls and boys, will meet Providence Academy starting at 4 p.m., with the West Greene Buffaloes, girls and boys, taking on Cosby in games that will follow at 7:00 and 8:30.
Lady Rebels Show Quickness
It was apparent from the outset Monday that this year’s edition of the Lady Rebels will have to depend upon quickness, and they showed plenty of it in harassing the Sullivan East Patriots from end-line to end-line and advancing with a 65-54 win.
“Offensively we put 20 on the board in the first and second quarters, so that’s good,” Coach Stephen Gregg said. “But we didn’t do a very good job on defense. We’ll work the rest of this week on defense. We had some foul trouble, and I was glad to see our younger kids go out there and do a good job.”
The Rebels got three players in double figures, led by senior Maelyn Cutshaw with 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Ashton Wykle had 13 points and five steals. Junior Cheyenne Upton chipped in with 10.
The Lady Patriots were led by Brandy Watkins with 14 points.
South Greene forced East into 15 first half turnovers and moved from a 20-14 first quarter lead to a
40-27 advantage by intermission. When both Alora Ricker and Peyton Williams got into first half foul trouble, Gregg got good play off the bench from sophomore Rachel Crum and freshmen Amber Jones and Cheyenne Smith.
The Rebels pulled away to a 20-point lead after three, then East got hot from outside and made five 3-pointers in the final period to close the gap.
But the spurt was not enough to overcome the big Reb advantage.
Sullivan East (54): Shaffer 8, Scott 4, Stafford 2, Stewart 7, Brandy Watkins 14, Jarrett 3, James 8, Summers 8.
South Greene (65): Cheyenne Upton 10, Wilhoit 4, Ashton Wykle 13, Maelyn Cutshaw 15, Ricker 4, Williams 2, Jones 4, Smith 6, Crum 7.
3-Point Goals: SE-5 (Summers 2, Stewart, Watkins, Jarrett). SG-3 (Wilhoit, Cutshaw, Crum).
Score by quarters:
Sullivan East 14 13 8 19—54
South Greene 20 20 15 10—65
Reb Boys Win Squeaker
Senior Nick Fillers poured in 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the South Greene boys to
a 58-53 win over KACHEA in a game not decided until the final minute.
Riley Rosenoff, possibly one of the best shooters that may go unnoticed in East Tennessee this year, scored 21 to lead the Wildcats, who led the game with five minutes left to play before the Rebels staged a late rally to pull it out.
Missed free throws down the stretch allowed the Wildcats a chance to stay close. Logan Tweed hit one for the Rebs with 21 seconds left to put his team up 56-53, but two 3-point shots by KACEA went awry in the final frantic seconds.
South Greene was up 25-23 at intermission before KACHEA’s Rosenoff nailed three straight treys late
in the third to boost the Wildcats to a 43-38 advantage entering the home stretch.
The Rebs regained the lead at 48-47 with 4:30 left on the fifth 3-pointer of the night by Fillers and his team was able to gut it out.
KACHEA (53): Bogard 2, Nathan Gibson 11, Grant 6, Carver 2, Riley Rosenoff 21, Wilson 9, Graham 2.
South Greene (58): Lowery 7, Tweed 3, Nick Fillers 26, Brown 7, Woods 6, Yates 5, Zavaleta 3, Alcantara 1.
3-Point Goals: K-8 (Rosenoff 6, Grant, Wilson). SG-8 (Fillers 5, Brown, Woods, Zavaleta).
Score by quarters:
KACHEA 7 16 20 10—53
South Greene 13 12 13 20—58
Lady Huskies Cruise
North Greene’s girls outscored Tri-Cities Christian 24-5 in the first quarter and led 41-11 at halftime on their way to the 66-28 romp.
Senior Laiken Morrow scored 19 points, 12 in the third quarter, to lead the way. Freshman Katelyn Weems scored 10 and junior Mendy McNeese scored only nine but had eight assists, five steals and three rebounds in the first half. Dariane Bailey scored nine and had six assists.
Alicia Cook had nine points for Tri-Cities.
Tri-Cities (28): Crowder 2, A.Cook 9, B.Cox 7, Hofer 3, E.Fox 7.
North Greene (66): Bailey 9, Laiken Morrow 19, Katelyn Weems 10, Bowser 5, Ma.McNeese 2,
Me.McNeese 9, Mercer 5, Harmon 2, T.Bailey 5.
3-Point Goals: TC-3 (B.Cox, Hofer, Fox). NG-4 (Me.McNeese 2, Weems, Bowser).
Score by quarters:
Tri-Cities 5 6 9 8—28
North Greene 24 17 20 5—66
Huskies Turn Back Eagles
Senior Garrett Harbin had a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds in guiding the North Greene boys to a 65-54 victory to advance in the tourney.
Sophomore Zane Britton came off the bench to score 14 and junior Tanner Collins chipped in with 13.
Tri-Cities Christian got 18 points from Holden Joseph and 17 from Drew Blythe.
North Greene commanded a 22-15 first quarter lead and a 38-25 cushion at halftime. They were still in command at 54-39 after three, but the Eagles closed strong and cut the gap to eight to make things interesting before the Huskies responded.
Tri-Cities (54): Drew Blythe 17, Rosenbalm 4, Adkiins 3, Miller 5, Holden Joseph 18, Barker 4, Wiggins 3.
North Greene (65): Tanner Collins 13, Bolton 3, Mullins 2, Bailey 7, Garrett Harbin 26, Britton 14.
3-Point Goals: TC – 6 (Blythe 3, Adkins, Miller, Wiggins). NG-4 (Britton 3, Bailey).
Score by quarters:
Tri-Cities 15 10 14 15—54
North Greene 22 16 16 11--65