A pre-game dunk by North Augusta’s Kenny Finley drew a technical foul, giving Greenbrier 1-0 lead Friday before the clock started on the game.
It nearly was the last time the Wolfpack had the lead.
For the second time in a week, North Augusta (7-2) delivered a blowout loss to Greenbrier (1-6).
The 61-42 win Friday nearly matched the 68-42 victory the Yellow Jackets scored Dec. 10 on the Wolfpack.
The game started slow, with neither team reaching double digit scores at the end of the first.
Then, North Augusta’s aggressive man-to-man defense overwhelmed Greenbrier, producing multiple blocked shots and steals the Jackets converted into 25 points in the second quarter to end the half with a 32-14 lead.
Greenbrier followed North Augusta’s defensive lead in the second half, playing a full-court press for much of the remainder of the game.
But the Wolfpack’s tenacity on defense seemed to dissipate once they had the ball.
Down by nearly 20 points with little time left on the clock, Greenbrier often failed to penetrate the zone defense North Augusta hunkered into to protect its lead.
Greenbrier didn’t manage to sink a single basket in the final two minutes.
Even with the game well in hand, North Augusta never let up.
With just 1:30 left, they went on a six point tear that included a T.J. Sheppard dunk following a full-court pass.
The Greenbrier girls, though, nearly avenged the loss they suffered at the hands of North Augusta the week before.
Behind on points since the middle of the first period, the Wolfpack managed to close the deficit to just a point halfway through the fourth.
But North Augusta fended off the rally for a 59-55 win.
At no point during the matchup was Greenbrier more than seven points behind the Yellow Jackets. Also at no point did they ever take the lead after taking the first five points to start the game.
At the 4:24 mark in the fourth, Greenbrier’s Kara Thompson sunk a 3-pointer to close the score to 43-42.
North Augusta’s Jasmine Coach immediately answered with a 3-pointer of her own and the Wolfpack never got that close again.