In the 2012-2013 season, the Harlem High School Bulldogs swept the Greenbrier Wolfpack in the home-and-home series.
Reprising the season opener from a year ago, the Wolfpack ensured that would not happen Wednesday night, beating the Bulldogs in Harlem, 73-49.
“It was something we’ve talked about,” said Wolfpack coach Casey Heckathorn of prior losses to the Bulldogs.
Trailing 8-7, the Wolfpack forged ahead for good when Justen Hartfield drained a 3-pointer and was fouled, sinking the free throw for the unconventional four-point-play and the 11-8 lead.
Hartfield sank two 3-pointers and led the Wolfpack with 15 points.
The Wolfpack led 17-12 after one period and were up 41-26 heading into the break.
Encouraging for Harlem coach Kim Chambers was seeing Torien Beard and Rayshawn Morris score two quick baskets to open the third period, bringing the Bulldogs within 11. Greenbrier responded with an A.J. Hawes 3-pointer and Jacob Nelson fast-break layup to build the lead to 46-30.
“Their kids played hard and that kept them in it for a while, but we wore them down,” Heckathorn said.
The Wolfpack beat them on the boards, in transition and got their inside-out game going as five different players combined on six 3-pointers.
Hawes had 14 points while Chris Brown and Kayshawn Marshall had 11 apiece.
The Bulldogs, playing their first game without standout Reggie Reid, who transferred at the beginning of the school year, were led by Morris’s 16 points.
“I was very disappointed because we didn’t execute the things we did in practice,” said Bulldogs coach Kim Chambers. “There was no continuity on offense and they kept beating us down the court.”