Dec 19, 2018
GREENBRIER- Greenbrier and Portland moved out of district play on Tuesday night for two tightly-contested matchups.
In the first game of the night, Greenbrier jumped out to a 16-0 lead that proved to be the difference as the Lady Bobcats held the Lady Panthers off 32-27.
After taking a 16-2 lead at the end of the opening period, the second quarter saw only seven points as the Lady Cats took a 19-7 lead into the half.
“We had a good first half,” Greenbrier coach Carl Miller said. “Shot the ball well and executed well. We came out swinging.”
Greenbrier pushed its lead to 15 points in the third quarter, but the Lady Panthers wouldn’t go away.
Mackenzie Hodges heated up for Portland in the fourth quarter with 10 points as the Lady Panthers saw their biggest offensive scoring quarter, but it wouldn’t be enough as Greenbrier was able to hold off Portland 32-27.
Miller noted his team’s defense in the second half during a time where the offense wasn’t playing as well.
“We got stagnant, we stopped scoring,” Miller said. “I thought our defense played well and (Portland) did some good things defensively.”
Snowden Scott and Kayla Conquest led Greenbrier with 10 points each, while Hodges led the Lady Panthers with her 10 points.
Despite the slow start, Portland coach Scott Steinbrecher was proud of how his team finished the game.
“You can never win the game in the first five minutes, but you can lose it,” Steinbrecher said. “We lost the game in the first five minutes. It was just a hole we couldn’t overcome. You’ve got to have a better start, but for three quarters we played our tails off.”
Greenbrier 35, Portland 25 (boys)
The second game of the night saw another low-scoring affair with Greenbrier once again coming away with the win. The Panthers led a tightly contested throughout as they went into the half leading 17-15.
Things remained close into the second half until a technical foul against Portland opened the door for Greenbrier. The Bobcats took advantage with two free throws and a 3-pointer from Dallas Polen gave them a 5-point lead at 24-19 with a minute and a half left in the quarter.
The Bobcats would push their lead to as many as 11 points as Portland struggled from the field. The Panthers weren’t able to bounce back with Greenbrier going on to win 35-25.
“We can’t score,” Panther coach Darryl Travis said. “It was a 19-all game when we lost our heads and then they go on an 8-0 run. Then we lost our composure, including me, and that was ball game.”
Greenbrier coach Kenton Coleman was proud of the effort he saw on the defensive end, allowing just 25 points, including just 8 in the second half.
“Definitely feel pleased with our effort tonight, especially on the defensive end, coming away with a win,” Coleman said.
Polen would lead all scorers on the night with 14 points, followed by Portland’s Austin Hicks with 12 points.
GIRLS BOX SCORE
Greenbrier (32): Snowden Scott 10, Kayla Conquest 10, Kaytee Edwards 5, Bre Polen 4, Kaylee Walker 3
Portland (27): Mackenzie Hodges 10, Sami Parker 9, Daley McCloud 5, Lexie Williams 3
BOYS BOX SCORE
Greenbrier (35): Dallas Polen 14, Tyler Pitt 6, Keifus Coleman 6, Reagan Conquest 5, Cory Cranford 2, Carter Preston 2
Portland (25): Austin Hicks 12, Mitchell Eagle 5, Connor Simmons 4, Darius Bell 4