Rivals will meet again in region tournament

The Greenbrier girls basketball team took care of business against Evans on Friday night.

 

The reward?

The Lady Wolfpack get to face the Lady Knights in the region tournament opener next week at Heritage High School in Conyers, Ga.

Natalie Wilson and Yasmine Avery combined for 27 points as Greenbrier pulled away for a 50-31 victory over Evans in the teams’ regular season finale.

In the boys contest, Richard Crawford III drove the left baseline for a layup with 0.9 seconds remaining to lift Greenbrier to a 52-50 victory over Evans.

The Wolfpack improved to 14-10, while Evans fell to 12-12. They will each play opponents to be determined Tuesday in the opening round of tournament play.

“We’ll hit the road Tuesday after winning back to back,” said Greenbrier coach Casey Heckathorn, whose team defeated Grovetown earlier in the week. “That’s great momentum for our guys.”

Chandler Berry led Greenbrier with 14 points Friday night, while Crawford added 12, his lone basket in the second half coming at the end of the game. Cameron Cabarrus led Evans with 18 points.

In the girls contest, the Lady Wolfpack improved to 16-8 and grabbed the No. 3 seed in the region tournament. The Lady Knights fell to 9-15 and will be the No. 6 seed. The two teams will meet again at 3:30 p.m. The winner will advance to play No. 2 seed Grovetown on Thursday.

“We had to take care of business and get as favorable a seed as possible,” Greenbrier coach Brandon Dotson said. “We need to pick our defensive intensity, play strong on the boards and just play smart.”

After getting off to a 4-0 start in region play, the Lady Wolfpack have played inconsistent. Greenbrier entered Friday night’s contest having lost four of its past five contests, including a 12-point defeat Tuesday night to Greenbrier.

Against Evans, the Lady Wolfpack roared to a 15-5 start. The Lady Knights, who lost their top offensive player, Lexi Jeffcoat, to a knee injury before Christmas, started attacking the glass and closed the gap to three in the second quarter. Greenbrier found its groove again and went into intermission up 23-15. From there, the Lady Wolfpack never trailed.

“We haven’t played our best basketball in the region lately,” Dotson said. “The girls are coming together as a team, but we still have a long way to go.”

Wilson posted a game-high 16 points, while Avery added 11 and Shamaria Gaines 10.

Alexis McClain led Evans with 12 points.

 

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