Humbertoe Grant didn't want Monday night's subregion tournament game with Greenbrier to be the last of his high school career at Glenn Hills.
So the senior did his best to help the Spartans stay alive to play another day, scoring 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including two three-point baskets, to send the fourth-seeded Spartans past fifth-seeded Greenbrier 84-75 on Monday night.
In the girls game, the fourth-seeded Lady Spartans jumped on the fifth-seeded Greenbrier girls quickly and never let the Lady Wolfpack see any daylight, rolling to an easy 62-43 victory.
Both the Spartans and Lady Spartans will travel to Dublin tonight for the second round of the Region 3-AAA (B) subregion tournament. Glenn Hills' girls will meet top-seeded Dublin at 7 p.m., while the Spartans will meet top-seeded Josey at 8:30.
While the Lady Spartans beat Greenbrier will relative ease, the boys game was a different story.
Early in the boys contest, the Wolfpack's game plan was simple -- take the ball down the lane and draw the foul. That plan worked, sending Greenbrier to a 33-30 halftime lead.
Greenbrier opened the third quarter on a 5-0 run to build its biggest lead of the night at 38-30. But Glenn Hills responded, retaliating with a 10-2 run of its own, capped by a bucket and a three-pointer from Grant. Mihkael Sims' putback tied the game at 40 with 4:59 left in the third.
Sims' basket seemed to spark Glenn Hills. A three-point play from Sims followed by a jumper from Gary Conley capped a 8-1 run to push the Spartans' lead to 48-41.
However, Greenbrier answered. A three-point play from Jon Johnson followed by a bucket from Jonathan Richardson led to a three-pointer with 21 seconds left from Matt Fuzy to tie the game at 52 heading into the final quarter.
But during the early minutes of the fourth quarter, the Wolfpack committed three costly turnovers and the Spartans turned a small lead into an eight-point advantage at 70-62 with 3:19 left to play. The Wolfpack cut the lead to four with 1:22 left on a three-pointer from Johnson, but couldn't get any closer as Glenn Hills cut down a valiant Greenbrier effort.
"That's the way it was with the whole team tonight," Grant said of the Spartans' effort to extend their season. "But tonight was all about defense. We forced seven or eight turnovers (in the second half) and that was what coach (Richard) Wallace stressed to us -- defense."
In the girls game, freshman Marian Whitfield scored eight of her 20 points in the first quarter to help Glenn Hills to an 18-5 lead. Lady Spartans coach Beranard Bowman said he didn't have to give any pre-game pep talk to fire his team up.
"I told them it's all or nothing," Bowman said. "Every game now is important. If you want to continue playing, you have to win."
Greenbrier opened the second on a 6-0 run to trim the lead to 18-11 on a bucket from Krystal Till. However, the Lady Wolfpack went scoreless for nearly four minutes while Marian and Alexis Whitfield capped an 8-0 run to push the lead back to double digits at 26-13.
Glenn Hills continued to force turnover after turnover and forced Greenbrier to take bad shots. Ashaki Brown's two free throws with 1:10 left in the game gave the Lady Spartans their biggest lead of the game at 62-40.
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