Though his team’s season was over, Greer’s Carlton Greene had one more game to coach this year.
Greene served as the head coach for the North girls team that beat the South 71-64 in the annual all-star basketball game March 22 in Lexington.
“It’s an honor and quite an opportunity to work with players that really love to play the game and were excited about being there,” Greene said. “It was a great experience for me, and I hope a greater experience for them.”
Those 12 players came from a group of 48 nominated by their coaches, according to Greene. Despite the fact that they had only three practices in one day, Greene said the players came together quickly.
“We were really fortunate,” he said. “We got a good group that jelled together. They liked each other. They supported each other.”
Coming together was important because of the structure of the game, which was played in two 20-minutes halves rather than four, eight-minute quarters as in high school. Every five minutes, Greene said, a new combination of five players had to be rotated into the game.
“The challenge as a coach is to come up with how those combinations are going to work for you and which players to put on the floor at the same time,” Greene said.
Among the players on Greene’s North squad was Blue Ridge senior Ross Mathis. The Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University signee played a key role in the North’s comeback win.
“She had 10 points,” Greene said. “She hit a three in the second half that gave us our first lead of the second half.”
Helping Greene were assistant coaches Lamont Wakefield of Southside and Terrence Gibson of Ridge View.
“I put those guys to work,” Greene said, “and they responded and did a great job for me.”