Greenbrier and Harlem both came away winners in the season opener Tuesday night.
The Lady Wolfpack got its season going in dominating fashion, beating the Lady Bulldogs 66-9. Harlem returned the favor in the boys game, leading from start to finish in a 67-57 win.
The Bulldogs (1-0) started the game on a 12-0 run, and while the Wolfpack cut the lead to 30-25 by the break, were never able to come back all the way.
“I’m pleased with a 10-point victory,” said Harlem head coach Kim Chambers, who added he thought the game would be closer. “We’ve got a great starting point.”
Harlem point guard Reggie Reid, who averaged just under 20 points as a freshman, picked up where he left off, scoring a game-high 29 points, 21 of them coming in the second half. Dylan Farmer, the Bulldogs’ lone senior, added 16 points including three 3-pointers.
Connor Sigrist (10 points) scored to start the second half for Greenbrier, cutting the lead to three, but Farmer and Reid hit back-to-back 3-pointers to restore the lead. That was as close as the Wolfpack would get.
Greenbrier did a good job getting to the line, but struggled mightily, converting just 9 of 25 free-throw attempts.
The Bulldogs were 12 of 13 from the line.
“We would make three good plays then take a step back,” Wolfpack head coach Casey Heckathorn said. “They made plays when they needed to. For a team with one senior, their poise was impressive.”
Kayshawn Marshall led Greenbrier with 12 points.
The Lady Wolfpack’s defensive pressure led to turnovers and easy baskets throughout the night in a game that saw 11 different players in the scoring column.
Greenbrier coach Stefanie Basinger was pleased with her team’s effort.
“Last year we played scared not to lose.” Basinger said. “Tonight they were more focused and aggressive.”
In limited action, Jennifer McMahan led the Lady Wolfpack with 13 points, KaRa Thompson had 11 and Alexis Starks came off the bench to score 10.