Originally created 01/18/06

Greenbrier coach hits century mark with win



Greenbrier girls basketball coach Garrett Black and his Lady Wolfpack had plenty to celebrate Tuesday night after a 70-37 win over visiting Burke County.

The win wasn't a region victory but did improve Greenbrier's mark to 18-1. However, that wasn't the reason colored cupcakes and group hugs met Coach Black after the game.

It was Black's 100th career victory.

"The game was just the same as any other for him," Greenbrier senior Melissa Lewis said. "He treated it just as serious."

The Lady Wolfpack wasted no time ensuring Black would reach the century mark by opening the game with a 10-0 run.

Seven different Greenbrier girls scored in the first quarter to take a 24-7 lead.

The Lady Wolfpack added to the advantage in the second half with a 28-point third quarter for a 64-25 lead.

Junior forward Tiffany Blackburn led the charge with 14 points on three 3-pointers. Michelle Sweic added 13 points while guards Brooke Jackson and Amanda Glover tallied 10 points on two 3-pointers each.

"We had a good shooting night, and our guards played unbelievable defense," Black said.

The combination of reliable 3-point shooting and defense has worked well for Black since he took over the program in the 1999-2000 school year.

Now six years later, he's already taken the team farther into the playoffs than ever before with last season's Elite Eight appearance.

"The run the kids made last year was pretty special," Black said.

"I'd say probably half of (the 100 wins) have been with this group of girls."

With three juniors and a sophomore starting alongside only one senior this season, most of the players are just now benefitting from his coaching.

Blackburn, who also plays under Black on the Greenbrier softball team, said not many people recognize the amount of time and effort her coach pours into the teams.

"He has tons and tons of dedication in the team," Blackburn said. "He already has four kids, but we're like his second family."

- Greenbrier's boys basketball coach Casey Dees didn't reach a milestone Tuesday night, but still got a 56-39 win over Burke County.

The victory came after the Wolfpack, a team that prides itself on defense, took over offensively with a 23-point third quarter.

"That was the best quarter offensively we've had all year," Dees said.

Greenbrier senior Luther Holmes netted 8 of his game-high 16 points in that third quarter.

The Wolfpack's lead stretched from three points at halftime to 17 going into the fourth quarter. The Bears beat Greenbrier by 14 points earlier this season in Waynesboro,.

"We had to pick up our intensity and play smarter," Dees said. "We came out and played like a basketball team in the third quarter. I was proud of them."

Anthony Williams added 12 points including two 3-pointers.

Devande Lewis led Burke County with 14 points.

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 863-6165 or billy.byler@augustachronicle.com.