After having to come from behind in the first round of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state girls basketball tournament, Greenbrier left no doubt in the tournament’s second round.
From the opening tip when Destiny Marshall attacked the basket to score, the taller, faster and more physical Lady Wolfpack scored at will, cruising to the 63-39 win over Hardaway on Monday night.
The win placed Greenbrier in the Elite 8 with another home game Wednesday night against Drew-Richmond Hill winner.
“I knew we had the potential to be here, it was definitely our goal,” said Greenbrier coach
Stefanie Basinger, who added that keeping her basic rotation of six to seven players healthy throughout the season was key.
Third-seeded Hardaway (11-19) entered on the heels of 45-36 upset over Ware County, but top-seeded Greenbrier jumped out to a 16-2 lead with point guard Mallory Myers hitting 3-pointers, Marshall playing tough inside and Morgan Taylor slicing to the basket.
Greenbrier’s 3-point-specialist Jennifer McMahan didn’t attempt one until almost midway through the second quarter. She connected on back-to-back 3s, igniting a 16-2 run to close the half, giving the Lady Wolfpack a 42-17 lead.
“Our mindset always going into every game is get the lead, we’ve got to get the momentum,” said Taylor, who led Greenbrier (24-6) with 20 points.
Myers chipped in with 15 points and Marshall added 14 as the Lady Wolfpack pulled the ball out and dribbled away most of the fourth quarter.
“It’s going to be hard for anybody to pin just one player and that’s what’s gotten us here,” Basinger said. “No one can really play a box-and-1 on us when you’ve got four scorers on the floor.”