Greenbrier's Britney Leverett grabs a rebound during a game against Washington Wilkes.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
After losing three consecutive games, Greenbrier needed an opponent like Washington-Wilkes.
The game was scheduled when the teams crossed paths during the DQ Classic in Hartwell, Ga., over winter break.
"We thought the game would just give us another chance to play a game and get better," Greenbrier coach Garrett Black said.
The Lady Wolfpack re-bounded nicely from their losing streak, having five players score in double figures as they beat the Lady Tigers 74-40 Monday night.
"Just like coach said, we needed to stop the bleeding," Greenbrier's Melissa Lewis said. "I think we did that tonight."
The Lady Wolf-pack did not have Lewis, the team's leading scorer, in the first two games of their three-game losing streak. Backup point guard and occasional starter Sara Oland didn't play in the second or third losses.
Greenbrier - now 12-4 after a Tuesday win over Westside - led by as many as 41 over the visiting Lady Tigers before Black pulled his starters in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Michelle Swiec led the Lady 'Pack in scoring with 17 and senior Kristi Nichols contributed 12 off the bench, including three consecutive baskets at one point.
"I just shot the ball real well tonight," Nichols said. "I think the funny thing is the other coach yelled, 'Who has No. 41?' I've never heard a coach say that about me."
Greenbrier's Melissa Lewis scores two points against Washington Wilkes on a fast break during the game Monday in Evans.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Tiffany Blackburn, Lewis and Alisha Simmons joined Swiec and Nichols in double figures.
"Now that we have everyone back, we can concentrate on our goal of making the playoffs," Lewis said. "We had a couple of tough games and two of those could have gone either way."
After defeating Washington-Wilkes and Westside on consecutive days, Greenbrier closed the week with Baldwin and Butler on Friday and Saturday.
The Lady 'Pack could be riding an eight-game winning streak into a game at No. 10 Jones County on Jan. 29.
"We just have to take one game at a time," Black said. "We aren't good enough to just show up and expect to win every game."
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