TRENTON – The Greenfield Lady Yellow Jackets got their defense on track after falling behind in the first quarter and defeat Union City 48-31 to advance to the District 14-A finals. Greenfield will play top seed Gibson County on Monday night in the championship game.
Union City, behind the hot shooting of senior Raven Fair with 11 points, was able to get off to a 17-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. Fair hit a 30-foot shot at the buzzer that electrified the Tornado crowd.
In the second quarter Greenfield made some defensive adjustments using a combination of players to guard Fair and put pressure on her whenever she had the ball. The off-ball defenders did a good job of giving help whenever Fair tried to drive.
“I thought we had a good effort tonight on our team defense. We settled down in the second quarter and did a better job of getting in position and helping out on Fair,” said Greenfield coach Willie Trevathan. “Kyndal (Wiley), Amy (Wright) and Brittany (Peoples) all did a good job of guarding Fair tonight. It was team defense that did it.”
This strategy took Union City out of their offense so well the Lady Yellow Jackets did not allow a single Lady Tornado point in the second quarter, and Greenfield turned a one-point deficit into a nine lead at the half, 26-17.
Greenfield senior guard Brittany Peoples led the way for the Yellow Jacket offense as she took the game into her hands in scoring with a team-high 19 points as well as attracting multiple defenders then passing the ball to teammates for wide open shots.
“When teams try to double team me on a drive I have trust in my teammates to make their shot, so I always try to get them the ball when they are open,” Peoples said.
Peoples did a good job of making her free throws in the game as well as she made eight of nine attempts from the charity stripe.
“Brittany did a good job of running the offense tonight and driving the ball to the basket when it was there, she played an all-around solid game tonight,” Trevathan said.
Greenfield’s Shyree Clemons scored 12 points, and Aubrey Dees hit three 3-pointers for nine points and also pulled down seven rebounds in the win.
Union City was led by Fair with 21 points, six rebounds and one blocked shot for the game.
Second seed Greenfield will take on top seed Gibson County in the championship game at 7:30 pm Monday night at Peabody High School. The teams split their regular season games at one win apiece.
“We have to keep the intensity up and our focus at a high level when we play Gibson County in the championship,” Peoples said about their next game with the Lady Pioneers in the District 14-A championship game.
Gibson Co. 52,
After sitting out most of the first half with two early fouls, Gibson County’s Brianna Fields scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half to help lead the top-seeded Lady Pioneers over the Lady Red Devils of Bradford in the first semifinal match.
Lady Pioneer Erin Lannom paced the Gibson County offense in the first half as she scored 12 of her 17 points in the opening half.
Bradford got off to a slow start offensively in only scoring 14 points in the first half. They were able to get their offense going in the second half behind the scoring of Morgan Martin with 15 points and cut the Gibson County lead to three points in the fourth quarter 39-36, but they were unable to get any closer.
Bradford will take on Union City in the consolation game Monday night at 6 p.m.