Greenbrier girls knock off Grovetown, remain unbeaten in region

After losing to North Augusta just before Christmas, the Greenbrier girls are starting to find their way.

 

Abbey Steele scored 26 points Friday night as the Lady Wolfpack knocked off Grovetown, 51-43.

The Greenbrier girls extended their winning streak to five games after their 51-point loss to the Lady Jackets, the top-ranked team in South Carolina.

The Lady Wolfpack (14-4 overall, 4-0 Region 3-AAAAAA) will travel to Heritage on Tuesday night in a battle of undefeated region teams.

“It was a reality check that every night we have to compete,” Greenbrier coach Brandon Dotson said about the loss to North Augusta. “We still have a ways to go, but we’re getting there.”

Grovetown got off to a fast start without its leading scorer and rebounder in Ayana Collins, who suffered a concussion Tuesday night against Lakeside. The Lady Warriors built a 15-7 lead and entered the second quarter up five. Then, Greenbrier turned to its perimeter game.

After a slow first quarter, Steele swished three 3-pointers, while Ellie Grandin added another. Greenbrier took a five-point lead into intermission.

Steele continued her hot shooting in the second half. She knocked down three more 3-pointers, posting 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Grovetown (9-9 overall, 2-2 region) closed a 13-point deficit to six in the final minutes on a Savannah Giles 3-pointer. But Steele knocked down a deep two-point shot and Natalie Wilson swished two free throws in the final moments to seal the victory.

“It was a humbling game,” Dotson said. “It’s a win. We’ll take it. But at the end of the day, we have to clean up a lot of things.”

Wilson added 11 points for Greenbrier, while Shamariah Gaines chipped in with 10. Giles led Grovetown with 16 points.

“I thought they played hard for all 32 minutes and smart for about 25 – not getting back on defense, not boxing out on free throws, those kind of things,” Lady Warriors coach Jaime Echols said. “Against a good team with shooters, that’ll hurt you.”

 

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