After two full days of Columbia County basketball at Lakeside's Turkey Tip-Off Tournament, Greenbrier girls coach Garrett Black has one more thing to be thankful for: a tournament championship.
The Lady Wolfpack had no trouble carrying away the top prize, with a 50-27 drumming of Evans in Tuesday's championship game. In the first round, Greenbrier beat Harlem 61-46 on Monday.
"There's still a few things we've got to tweak," Black said. "It looks like we're getting our legs back, though."
The Greenbrier squad got a late start on preseason practices because of deep playoff runs from the softball, volleyball, and cross country teams.
Nevertheless, just under two weeks of practice was plenty of time for the Lady Wolfpack to win their third and fourth games of the season in the tournament.
Greenbrier senior Melissa Lewis and teammate Sara Oland led the way Tuesday night with 11 points each in the first half against Evans. Greenbrier led the Lady Knights 33-5 at halftime.
The second half saw much of the same as the Lady Wolfpack rolled to a victory, and Lewis was named tournament MVP.
In the two-day tournament, Lewis tallied 34 points.
"The big thing for Melissa was she made her free throws," Black said. "If Melissa scores down low for us, our guards will take care of the rest,"
Immediately before the girls championship contest, the Harlem and Lakeside boys met in a consolation game. Harlem took a 19 point lead into the fourth quarter, but a Bulldogs breakdown allowed Lakeside to whittle the lead down to only four points with less than a minute to go.
The rally included a technical foul called when two Harlem Bulldogs - Brendan Gray and Mike Leverett - got into a fist fight on their own bench. The two teammates exchanged words then punches before being separated and eventually ejected from the gym.
"I'm not sure what it was about," Harlem center Wesley Gower said. "They just got into an argument."
Harlem coach Kim Chambers said after the game he was shocked at the fight and didn't know why it happened.
"There's definitely going to be some disciplinary action," Chambers said. "In the last six years, I don't think we've even had a fight in practice. That cost our team."
Harlem eventually survived the breakdown and won 56-49.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated Lakeside 57-15 in the girls consolation game.
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