The Greenbrier High School Lady Wolfpack got a first good look at its future Wednesday night in the county’s season opener at Harlem.
Led by three juniors and two freshmen, the Lady Wolfpack started relatively slow but came on strong in the second period and cruised by the Lady Bulldogs 58-26.
“We have a lot of freshmen and they were scared to death,” said Lady Wolfpack coach Stefanie Basinger. “They’re nervous about living up to expectations, but they did nicely.”
Leading 13-3 after the first period, junior point guard Mallory Myers fed freshman Sydney Grayden for two quick layups, then found junior Jennifer McMahan on the wing for a 3-pointer as part of a 8-0 run to start the second stanza as Greenbrier built the lead to 21-3. At the half, the advantage was 30-5.
McMahan, a 2013 second team All-Region 2-AAAAA and All-County first team player, missed her first few 3-pointers but then caught fire, sinking four from long range and finishing with a team-high 20 points.
“She (McMahan) found her groove and she got comfortable,” Basinger said.
Junior Morgan Taylor chipped in with 12 points, Grayden would finish with six points while fellow freshman Destiny Marshall added nine points.
Olivia Fitzgerald sank the Lady Bulldogs’ lone 3-pointer and led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points, Madison Williamson had six and Diamond Chaneyfield added two.
After the game, Lady Bulldogs first-year coach Anthony Sweat took the loss for what it was. “It was the first game, we’ll be all right,” said Sweat. “We’ve got to work on rebounding and get in better condition, but these girls are going to work and it’s going to be a fun season.”
Basinger felt the same about her team, calling them a great group of girls.
“They make practice fun because of the chemistry between them,” said Basinger.
“Win or lose, it’s going to be a fun season.”