There was no stopping Braelyn Wykle on Tuesday evening as she South Greene to a win at Greeneville.
Wykle scored from all over the court and in any manner she wanted on her way to pouring in 40 points in the Lady Rebels’ 73-59 victory.
“Braelyn is showing that she is not a one-dimensional player this year,” South Greene coach Stephen Gregg said. “She has been taking people off of the bounce if they are going to chase her off of the three-point line. And if you don’t pick her up in transition, she will knock down shots. She’s scoring in all kinds of ways and is making defenses keep her in the crosshairs whenever she is on the floor.”
The teams traded shots through the first half and South Greene held a 38-34 lead at the break, but the Lady Rebels turned up the pressure on the defensive end in the third quarter and started the second half on an 18-2 run.
“We made a good run in the third quarter with our defensive effort, but we needed to play better defense throughout tonight,” Gregg said. “We mixed up our defense there at the start of the third and found a lineup that kind of gelled together. We shot the ball well in that stretch. For the game, we shot 70 percent.”
In the stretch that lasted 4:37, the Lady Rebels hit from behind the arc four times with Wykle connecting three times. Kiley Collins scored five in the run and South Greene grabbed a 56-36 lead.
Leah Fillers’ jump shot from just inside the 3-point stripe was the only thing that broke up the Lady Rebels’ scoring frenzy.
Fillers led Greeneville with 24 points.
The Lady Devils were able to close the third quarter on a run of their own, scoring 10 of the final 12 points of the period. Grace Hayes highlighted the run with a pair of 3-pointers as the gap narrowed to 58-48.
South Greene’s biggest lead of the quarter came with 3:55 left to play when Wykle stole the ball at midcourt and took it the other way for an easy two points that made the score 69-51.
In addition to her 40 points, Wykle had four rebounds, four assists and three steals. T.K. Franklin had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Rebels, while Collins finished with 11 points.
Greeneville led for most of the first quarter, jumping in front 2-0 just three seconds into the contest on a layup by Brylee Jones.
Greeneville’s biggest lead of the night came at 9-5 when Ashlyn White stole the ball under her basket and quickly put it in for two points.
South Greene briefly went in front at 12-9 on a triple by Ashlyn Reaves, but Greeneville needed just 18 seconds to tie the game again when Jones hit from deep in the right corner.
Fillers put Greeneville on top 17-14 with 1:15 left in the period when she connected on her second of four 3-pointers.
Wykle finished the quarter with a pair of buckets to put South Greene on top 18-17 and the Lady Rebels led the rest of the way.
Wykle scored nine points for South Greene in the second quarter while Fillers put in five points for Greeneville.
South Greene 18 20 20 15 – 73
Greeneville 17 17 14 11 – 59
SG – Wykle 40, Franklin 14, Collins 11, Reaves 5, William 3.
G – Fillers 24, Davis 8, Hayes 8, Collins 7, Jones 5, Davis 3, Kennedy 2, White 2.
South Greene 64 Greeneville 56
The South Greene boys picked up a valuable early-season win.
“We know that this Greeneville’s first game with their football players and that they will get better. That means that we have to get better,” South Greene coach Terry Hoese said. “It was huge to get this win right here tonight. I am super proud of these guys for getting this win. Last year, we slipped up and lost some of these conference games we shouldn’t have.
“I told the kids in the locker room that this is just game two in the conference and we have to stay focused the rest of the year.”
The free-throw line made all the difference for the Rebels in the fourth quarter as they went 22-of-24 at the stripe to hold off the Devils late rally. For the night, South Greene went 26-of-28 at the line.
“Free throw shooting was huge,” Hoese siad. “We had some young kids out there for most of the fourth quarter. We just had one senior out there, but it was huge that the kids kept their composure when Greeneville came after us and tried to a make a run.”
The game started at a slow pace with Greeneville struggling to find any offense with its entire starting lineup playing for the first time due injury or just becoming available after football season. The result was an 8-2 South Greene lead.
Less than two minutes into the second quarter, the Rebels’ lead reached 16-6 behind triples from Lennart Shultz and Landon Brown.
Another 3-pointer by Shultz with 1:45 left in the first half gave South Greene a 25-13 lead.
With one second left in the half, Greeneville’s Tyler Marsh’s three-point play narrowed South Greene’s lead 27-19.
Reid Satterfield started the second half with a trey from the left wing for Greeneville. With 6:28 left in the in the third quarter, Dorien Goddard drove the baseline before going under the iron for a reverse layup that closed the gap to 29-26.
Brown and Noah Fillers came back with triples for the Rebels that stretched the lead to 35-26.
South Greene went into the fourth quarter leading 42-31.
Greeneville got within four points with 4:45 left to play when Connor DeBusk made one of two at the charity stripe.
The free-throw line was good to South Greene in the closing minutes. The Rebels did not make a field goal in the fourth quarter, but 22 free throws kept them in front to the finish.
Greeneville got within 58-52 with 50 seconds left when Goddard made a 3-pointer.
Shultz led South Greene with 14 points and Chase Carter added 10.
Goddard led Greeneville with 16 points while Marsh put in nine.
South Greene 8 19 15 22 – 64
Greeneville 2 17 12 25 – 56
SG – Shultz 14, Carter 10, Ray 9, Brown 9, Fillers 8, Hawk 7, Myers 4, Stills 3.
G – Goddard 16, Marsh 9, Gillespie 7, Satterfield 5, Buchanan 5, DeBusk 4, Loven 4, Banks 2, Crumbley 2, Newton 2.