Greenbrier's Melissa Lewis tries to shoot past a Warren County defender during a game at the Brierpatch. The Lady Wolfpack won 94-57, setting two new school records. They set the record for most points in a quarter with 30 and for most points in a game with 97, breaking the record they had set the record two days earlier against Burke County with 88 points.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Greenbrier fans have waited since the school opened in 1996 for a basketball team this strong.
The Lady Wolfpack flexed its muscles Tuesday against Warren County.
Greenbrier (5-0) set a school record for points scored in a quarter (30) and in a game in a 94-57 win over the Lady Devils at the Brierpatch, extending the best start in school history.
The Lady Pack put up 94 points even though its starters stayed on the bench for the entire fourth quarter.
The Lady Pack broke the record for points in a game set two days earlier with an 88-point effort against Burke County.
"We are starting to get our legs," coach Garrett Black said. "We have to be in great condition to press like we do. We will press 32 minutes every night."
Despite the large margin of victory, Black made his team jump rope after the game.
"We have Hephzibah on Saturday and we have to be ready to run for an entire game," Black said.
Melissa Lewis scored 19, and Amanda Glover added 16 to lead the Lady Pack, which had four players in double figures in scoring and made seven 3-pointers.
"We have a lot of weapons that can score," said freshman Sara Oland, who scored 12 points. "I think we can go a long way this year."
Black said he feels Saturday's game at Hephzibah would be a good indication of how good his team might be.
Greenbrier's Rafael Parks muscles a rebound away from the Milledgeville defense. Greenbrier won the game 63-57.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
"Hephzibah has, year in and year out, one of the area's best teams," Black said.
"Saturday will be a great measuring stick to see where we are at as a program. It is a big game."
The Greenbrier boys team also won, beating Warren County 63-57. The boys (4-2) won their second straight game since losing to Evans on Dec. 3.
"I'm really happy the way we responded after the loss to Evans," Greenbrier coach Casey Dees said.
Sean Gray sank two free throws with 15 seconds left to play to ice the game.
"I wanted the ball in my hands," said Gray, who also calls the plays for the Wolfpack's football team. "It is just like playing quarterback. You always want the situation where you can win the game."
In his first varsity start, Gray scored eight points, had nine rebounds and dished out five assists.
"Sean stepped up tonight big-time," said Reggie Rice, who led all scorers with 22 points. "He played with intensity all night long."
Dees said Gray, along with his bench play, was the key to the victory.
Midway through the second quarter, Dees pulled all of his starters - with four in foul trouble - behind two to Warren County.
With five non-starters on the floor for four minutes, the Wolfpack tied the game at 28-28 going into halftime.
"That was the difference," Dees said. "They kept the game close and saved many of our starters from going deeper into foul trouble."
The Wolfpack pulled away with a 13-2 run to start the third quarter but needed Gray's free throws to preserve the win after Warren County closed the gap to two points with 34 seconds to play. At one point in the second half, Warren County trailed by 13.
"Every good team makes a run," Dees said. "You just have to play defense and hope you can outlast the run."
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