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Lady 'Pack targets areaGreenbrier boys rebound from Evans loss

Perfect mark isn't their top priority

Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007

When will they lose?


That was the question surrounding the Greenbrier girls basketball team after it extended its perfect record to 19 games. For Lady Wolfpack coach Garrett Black, it's the wrong question.

"We've talked about the possibility to go undefeated, but the main thing is the region," he said. "That's what we need to take care of first."

There's certainly no lack of stats to brag about when it comes to the Lady Wolfpack's 2006-07 season. The Greenbrier girls entered Friday's game at Lakeside ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA in the Georgia sportswriters' poll and No. 4 in the coaches poll.

Greenbrier reached the state quarterfinals two years ago and the state semifinals last season, but this year's squad holds a higher state ranking and a better record than any other team in program history. This is not completely unfamiliar territory, though.

"We've got a lot of kids who play more than one sport, and I think that's very important," Black said. "These girls are having fun. They've had a bull's-eye on their back for a long time now, even in other sports."

As for the region, the Lady Wolfpack are taking care of that. They faced their biggest challenge so far this season on Tuesday in a 65-61 win over Richmond Academy. The victory gave Greenbrier sole possession of first place in Region 3B-AAAA, but it didn't come easy.

The Lady Wolfpack trailed 22-15 after the first quarter and went into the locker room at halftime still behind by seven points.

At 6-foot-2, Richmond Academy's Kaylyn Small towered over the Greenbrier girls, and her game-high 32 points accounted for more than half of the Lady Musketeers' offense.

"We let her hurt us on the boards," Black said. "I felt like they outplayed us in the first half. Richmond showed up to win. I think we just showed up."

Greenbrier began its comeback in the third quarter, outscoring Richmond Academy 24-15, and the Lady Wolfpack led 47-45 entering the fourth quarter en route to the four-point region victory.

Greenbrier point guard Michelle Swiec led the team with 18 points, but it was sophomore Dorian Freeman who stood out as the Lady Wolfpack star. With forward Tiffany Blackburn in foul trouble, Dorian battled against Richmond Academy's Small and held her own with 11 points.

"That was big for us. We're asking a lot of her, because she's giving up a lot of height and size to most girls underneath the basket," Black said.

Blackburn scored 16 points on five 3-pointers in the win.

In the boys game, Greenbrier rebounded from a heartbreaking home loss to Evans with a key Region 3B-AAAA win.

The Wolfpack knocked off Richmond Academy, a team that beat Evans in overtime earlier this season, by a score of 72-68. Greenbrier led by 15 points at halftime, but the Musketeers had a chance to win in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter.

However, Greenbrier's Andy Gray blocked a potential lead-changing shot by Richmond Academy's Trevor Welcher to seal the win.

Both Bryan Andrews and Anthony Williams turned in 23-point performances for Greenbrier.

The Wolfpack are now one of three teams in Region 3B-AAAA with only one loss.


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