RUTLEDGE – South Greene has been a thorn in Grainger’s side for years, especially last season when the Lady Rebels won three of the four games the two teams played. On Friday night, the Lady Grizzlies took out some revenge on their nemesis.
After trailing at the half, Grainger turned things completely around and held South Greene to only three points in the fourth period as they crushed the visitors from Greene County 66-48. With the win, Grainger improves to 7-2 on the season and evens their conference mark at 1-1. The loss by the Lady Rebels was their first conference loss as they stand at 2-1 and 7-3 overall.
Matty Tanner was instrumental in the second half comeback as she connected on four three-pointers in the second half and finished the game with 14 points. Trailing 35-32 at the break, the Lady Grizzlies outscored South Greene 18-10 in the third period and completely locked down on defense in the final frame as Braylee Woods’ three was the only hoop the Lady Rebels mustered in the entire fourth period. The 16-3 advantage in the final frame propelled Grainger to the impressive win.
Lauren Longmire started things on a high note for the Lady Grizzlies in the opening period as she scored 10 of her 19 points in the first eight minutes of the contest. Despite Longmire’s offensive firepower, Grainger still trailed 20-19 at the end of one. The second period was even but the Lady Rebels were able to hold on to a 35-32 lead at the half. Grainger took the lead in the third and then iced the contest with a smothering defense in the fourth.
In addition to Longmire’s 19 points and Tanner’s 14, Abbey Hodge finished the game with 15 points and Tori Rutherford added 12. Kiley Collins was the only Lady Rebel who finished the game in double figures as she netted 19 points.
Grainger returns to action on Tuesday night as they host Chuckey-Doak at The Den.
South Greene 62 Grainger 48
RUTLEDGE – Grainger’s Tristan Warfield had a monster game as he scored 20 points but a third period where the Grizzlies couldn’t get anything going on offense spelled doom for the home team as South Greene picked up a 62-48 road win at The Den Friday night.
Warfield hit four three-pointers in the game to pace the offense but a third period where they only scored three points allowed the Rebels to pull away for the win. Jaxon William’s three free throws in the third stanza was the only points Grainger netted and the Rebels capitalized on the offensive woes, finishing the third with a 17-3 advantage.
Chase Carter was a problem for the Grainger defense as he led all scorers with 21 points. Ty Bailey added 12 for the victorious Rebels. Williams added 13 points for the Grizzlies.
South Greene led 13-9 at the end of the first period but the Grizzlies turned up the pressure on defense and got their offense uncorked in the second as they outpaced South Greene 23-13 to take a 32-26 lead at the half. A cold start to the third period allowed the Rebels to climb back into the contest and the 17-3 run in the third was just too much for the Grizzlies to overcome.
The Rebels improve to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in league play. Grainger slips to 2-5, 0-2. The Grizzlies will be at home once again on Tuesday as they host Chuckey-Doak.