Greenbrier girls basketball coach Garrett Black got the postseason start he wanted after an undesirable finish to the regular season.
The Lady Wolfpack opened a big lead early at home and never looked back in beating Effingham County 54-36 in the first round of the Region 3-AAAA tournament.
After building a 49-game regular-season win streak, Black's team lost two of three to end the regular season. But everything followed the plan Wednesday.
"We set the tone from the first quarter," Black said.
Greenbrier will travel to Brunswick on Friday for a semifinal game against Glynn Academy.
The Wolfpack will continue to try to do what they do best, offset their lack of size with a game-long press and execute an offensive scheme that includes a lot of motion.
It's a formula that worked for the first 20 games this season before faltering against Statesboro and Richmond Academy. The intensity returned during the final five minutes of the season to spark Greenbrier's furious comeback to beat Lakeside.
The Rebels held the size advantage Wed-nesday, but Black said he was pleased with how his team responded.
"We really sustained our possession under the boards tonight and really controlled the boards," he said. "That's new to us. That was one of our concerns. They have a big team."
The Rebels tried to exploit their height advantage early, feeding center Sierra Goldwire, who scored two quick baskets. But that was all the Rebels got in the first quarter, and they were down 17 by its end.
Wolfpack forward Janay Moore scored 19 points and Greenbrier made five 3-pointers during the rout.
Effingham County coach Curtis Stevens knew Greenbrier's reputation going in.
"We knew they were going to play hard and play smart and shoot the ball well, and they always hounded the pass," Stevens said. "We were hoping to try and match their intensity."
Reach Stephen Fastenau at (706) 868-6165, ext. 114 or email@example.com.