Sun Sports Writer
West Greene played two strong games on Tuesday night, but still only came away with one victory.
The Lady Buffaloes opened the night with a dominating defensive effort against visiting Cumberland Gap and earned the 56-29 Blue Ridge Athletic Conference win.
In the second game, West Greene fought hard but came up short against the Panthers. The final score was 68-50.
West Greene will play its third game of the week on Friday when they host BRAC foe Grainger.
Lady Buffs Get Defensive In Win
The West Greene Lady Buffaloes controlled Tuesday's contest on the defensive end from the beginning and never were challenged.
The Lady Panthers were held to four points in the opening quarter and 12 for the entire first half.
"We did a good job of playing hard and getting out on their shooters," said WGHS head coach Ed Gettys. "With Charlotte (Murphy) inside they could not get to the basket."
Early in the contest, the score was actually tied at 4. That was before the Lady Buffs went on a 14-0 run that broke open the game.
Murphy got her team rolling with 10 points in the first quarter. She collected another five points in the second and had more points than the entire Cumberland Gap team had heading into the halftime intermission.
The defensive effort was so strong for West Greene, the team allowed only four made field goals in the first half of play. The Lady Panthers managed only 11 made shots the entire contest.
With the Lady Buffaloes leading 25-12 at halftime, the scoring burden did not fall completely to Murphy in the second half. Several players stepped up and contributed on the offensive end.
While Murphy led all scorers with 21 points, two others added eight points each. Baylee Jarrell and Tracie Renner each had eight points.
Kristen Johnson contributed seven points to the cause. Erica Reynolds added six points for WGHS.
"We got a little scoring from different places," Gettys said. "We were more balanced ."
In the third quarter, the Lady Panthers were able to trim the lead down under double-digits at 28-20. The Lady Buffs responded with six quick points to restore the lead to 14 points. Renner scored four points during the run and Johnson sank the other basket,
The fourth quarter was all West Greene. The Lady Buffs netted the first 11 points and stymied Cumberland Gap on the defensive end.
For the second time this game, the Lady Panthers were held to four points during a quarter. West Greene scored 16 points during the same span.
With one win and one loss so far this week, Gettys sees positives from his squad.
"We are playing better right now."
Score By Quarter
CG 4 8 13 4 - 29
WG 15 10 15 16 - 56
Cumberland Gap (29): Caldwell 2 0-0 4, Bingham 2 0-0 5, Ridgely 1 2-2 4, Beeler 0 1-2 1, Carmical 1 0-2 2, Elliott 1 2-4 4, Lake 2 0-0 4, Craig 2 0-2 5. Totals: 5-12 11-52 29.
West Greene (56): Reynolds 2 0-0 6, Johnson 2 2-2 7, Renner 3 2-2 8, Jarrell 3 0-1 8, Vrandenburgh 2 0-2 4, Pierce 1 0-0 2, Murphy 10 1-2 21. Totals: 5 -7 23-60 56.
Buffs Give Solid Effort In Loss
The effort was present on Tuesday, but the West Greene boys basketball team still could not earn its second win of the season.
The Buffs fell 68-50 to Cumberland Gap in a BRAC showdown that was much closer than the final score indicates.
"We gave great effort," said West Greene head coach JD Douglas. "The score does not reveal what that ballgame was all about."
The Buffs got off to a slow start and trailed 8-0 before finding their footing. West Greene never completely recovered but was able to keep the game within reach until the end.
The Panthers held nine-point leads after each of the first two quarters. The first quarter finished with the Buffs trailing 21-12. The deficit was 40-31 at the halftime intermission.
That means the two teams played almost even after that initial scoring outburst by Cumberland Gap,
West Greene struggled in the first half to contain Isaac Daniels and Nathan Hatmaker. The two players combined to score 28 of their team's 40 points. Daniels led all scorers with 29 points.
Leading the way offensively for West Greene was Taner Early with 18 points. No other Buffalo reached double-digit scoring on the night.
Early in the third quarter, the Buffs were able to slice the lead down to 44-37 with a 6-0 run. Three different players contributed offensively.
Seven points is the closest that West Greene was able to trim the lead to in the second half. It happened on several occasions.
The Buffs had a chance to head into the fourth quarter with the lead under 10 points, but made a critical mistake with less than 10 seconds left in the quarter.
Jordan King was fouled attempting a three-point shot. He sank all three free throws with 7.9 seconds in the third.
Instead of the score possibly being 53-45 in favor of Cumberland Gap, the lead grew to 56-45.
West Greene began the fourth with baskets by Tanner Lambert and Caleb Julian. The lead was back down to seven points. If the Buffs had not fouled at the end of the third quarter, the lead might have only been four points.
"When you get in a seven-point game," Douglas said. "You cannot panic."
The Buffs failed to make another basket the rest of the game, The shot attempts would not fall.
"I thought we need to attack the basket at that point," Douglas said.
Cumberland Gap closed with a 12-1 run to secure the conference win. In the final three minutes, it was all free throw shooting for both squads.
"It was a great ballgame," Douglas said. "It was two hard-nosed teams."
Besides Taner Early's 18, WGHS got nine points from Tyler Early and eight points from Caleb Julian. No other player netted more than five.
Score By Quarter
CG 21 19 16 12 - 68
WG 12 19 14 5 - 50
Cumberland Gap (68): Graves 0 0-1 0, Parker 0 1-2 1, Daniels 14 1-5 29, Franklin 2 0-1 5, King 2 4-5 8, Wade 1 1-2 3, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Hatmaker 7 0-0 14, Bullins 1 3-4 6. Totals: 10-20 28-63 68.
West Greene (50):Bostroem 1 0-0 3, Justice 1 0-1 2, Ty. Early 4 1-2 9, Julian 4 0-0 8, Ta. Early 6 5-6 18, Livingston 0 1-3 1, Lambert 1 2-2 4, Fillers 2 1-2 5. Totals: 10-16 19-51 50.