With seeding for the upcoming Region 2A-AAAAA tournament at stake, the Greenbrier girls basketball team inched closer to the No. 1 seed on Saturday with a 45-42 victory over Grovetown.
With two regular-season games remaining, the Lady Wolfpack now control their own destiny in terms of capturing the top seed.
“This was such a huge win for us,” Lady Wolfpack head coach Stefanie Basinger said. “We were the No. 2 seed in region last season and we didn’t want to be in that position again this year. I’m so proud of the way our girls stepped up tonight.”
Before Saturday, Grovetown and Greenbrier had split their previous two meetings this season, including a
17-point Grovetown victory on Jan. 10.
According to Lady Wolfpack point guard Mallory Myers, a lot has changed in three weeks.
“We’re not the same team who lost to them by 17,” Myers said. “We’re playing more together and I feel like our whole team has started working harder in practice.”
For Greenbrier, their increased practice intensity paid dividends Saturday. Despite trailing 19-13 after the opening quarter, the Lady Wolfpack outscored Grovetown 23-11 over the ensuing two periods and never trailed in the second half.
“As big as this win was, we can’t stop here,” Myers said. “We have to stay focused and keep winning.”
“We’re a very young team, but I’m not surprised with our success,” Basinger said. “Our girls have worked so hard ... it’s great to see their extra effort paying off.”
In the boys game, Solomon Gause paced Grovetown with 25 points en route to a 53-40 victory over Greenbrier.
“Our goal tonight was to attack the rim and I felt like we did a great job of that,” Warriors head coach Daniel Jordan said. “Getting this win was huge for our confidence, but it also pretty much guarantees that we won’t be the No. 4 seed in the region tournament.”