Greenwave narrowly escape OT win, start tournament 1-1
The Greenwaves headed to London, to participate in the Hoopin’ it Up Holiday Classic taking place at North and South Laurel High Schools on Dec. 18-21.
In their first contest of the tourney, the Greenwaves took on the host team of the tournament, the South Laurel Cardinals. Meade was placed in the primetime spot on the home team’s floor to open the tourney without their starting point guard, Chase Garris, who was out due to an illness. A sparce home crowd showed up to see South Laurel defeat the Greenwaves, 67-55.
The first quarter was full of the teams trading baskets back and forth as the lead switched hands five different times in the quarter with the Cardinals out in front, 18-17. Both teams grabbed their fair share of offensive rebounds in the first as the Cardinals grabbed eight and Meade grabbed six. Points were evenly spread as the Cardinals had six different people score in the quarter. Also foul trouble was an issue as Stephen Compton and Bryce Garris racked up two fouls apiece.
In the second quarter, the Greenwaves could never take the lead as both teams scored 13 points. Meade trailed at the half, 31-30 and was led in scoring by Bo Wilson who had 11 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. South Laurel was led by forward, Dillion Tabor, who had eight points and five rebounds.
Once again, just like the Campbellsville game, Meade came out flat in the second half as South Laurel started the third on an 8-0 run in just a two-minute span thanks to a couple of key three-pointers by guard, Kevon Kahn, who ended the game with nine points.
With the Cardinals’ lead up to nine the Greenwaves fought back with an 8-0 run of their own and the Cardinals then hit a layup to put the lead at three to end the third quarter with a 47-44 lead. Meade shot 31 percent while the Cardinals shot 50 percent in the third.
To start the fourth quarter Wilson sunk a three-pointer to tie the game at 47. Unfortunately, that was one of only three shots Meade hit in the fourth as they shot only 25 percent. After that three, Meade was outscored, 20-8 in the quarter and trailed by as much as 16 points as they ended up losing, 67-55. The
Cardinals shot 60.9 percent in the second half while Meade shot only 28.6 percent.
Most stats were balanced between the teams like points off of turnovers and second- chance points.
Both teams were unable to sink their free throws throughout the game as the Greenwaves shot 48 percent while the Cardinals shot only 50 percent. Meade won the rebound battle, 41-40. The biggest stat differential was points of bench as South Laurel won that, 16-4 powered by Khan who was three of six from behind the arc.
Statistical leaders for South Laurel: Dillion Tabor, 18 points, nine rebounds; forward, Austin Schaser, 12 points and nine rebounds; and guard, Blake Sanders, nine points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals. Statistics for Meade County: Bryce Garris, 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists; Bo Wilson, 17 points, four rebounds and six assists; Cheaney Schwartz, 11 points, nine rebounds, and three assists; Brady Smith, six points, five rebounds and three assists; Stephen Compton, five points and eight rebounds; and Wes Dowell, four points, four rebounds and one assist.
In the second game of the tournament, Meade County took on a 14th Region opponent, the Lee County Bobcats. Meade County surrendered a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter and ended up surviving an overtime thriller, 78-77.
The teams traded baskets back and forth in the first quarter as there were a total of seven lead changes and the game was tied at 19. Size was once again an issue for Meade County as Lee County’s 6-foot, 6-inch forward Pittman, scored six points and grabbed for five rebounds in the quarter. The Bobcats also had several offensive rebounds in the quarter, which lead to nine second-chance points. The Greenwaves had very balanced scoring in the quarter lead by Bo Wilson with five points.
Meade took the lead in the second as they outscored Lee County 18-11, to take a 37-30 lead heading to halftime. The Greenwaves outrebounded the Bobcats 14-5 partly because Pittman was on the bench for part of the quarter in foul trouble.
In the third, Meade outscored Lee County 23-16,thanks to four three-pointers hit in the quarter which helped Meade lead by 14 by the end of the third quarter, 60-46.
In the fourth quarter, Meade County got a layup from Brady Smith with 6:40 left in the game to put them up by 18. The Bobcats then went on a 13-0 run in a 3:45 span, thanks to a couple of baskets by Pittman and some critical three-pointers made by guard bench player, Mays, who ended the game with 19 points and two rebounds.
Then Wilson came down and hit two free throws to put the lead back up to seven but it didn’t last long. Lee County then got a three by Mays and after a made free throw and a putback by Pittman, the lead had been cut to one with just 47 seconds left.
Bryce Garris then came to the line and hit two crucial free throws to put the lead back up to three. After a Mays layup, Garris went back to the line as he hit one of his two attempts. Lee County then came down and gave the ball to Pittman who hit a game-tying shot with time expiring to send this game into overtime.
When Lee County went up by one to start OT, it was their first lead in the game since leading 19-17 in the first quarter. Wilson then came down and hit a crucial layup and free throw shot on the and-one opportunity. That put the Greenwaves up by two, 74-72. Mays then responded with a layup of his own to tie it back up. Bryce Garris then came down and hit a layup to give the Greenwaves the lead again but just 10 seconds later in the game Mays hit a three-pointer to give the Bobcats the lead, 77-76. The Bobcats then fouled Bo Wilson, who hit both of his free throws to put the Greenwaves ahead once again as there was a total of 11 lead changes and nine ties in this game.
Meade County then got the ball back after a missed three-pointer, but they missed their shot as well and the Bobcats had the ball with 36 seconds remaining. The Bobcats then gave the ball to Pittman who missed it but the ball stayed with Lee County with 16 seconds left. They then fired up another shot and missed it but once again got another offensive rebound. Mays put up a shot with time expiring, but it didn’t go in as Meade escaped with a 78-77 victory.
The Greenwaves also played Dec. 20 and 21 as well and that story will be in next week’s edition of the Messenger.
1Statistical leaders for Lee County: Cox, 11 points and three rebounds; Pittman, 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots; Mays, 19 points and two rebounds
Statistics for Meade County: Chase Garris, two points, five rebounds, and three assists; Bryce Garris, 19 points, seven rebounds and two assists; Bo Wilson, 24 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals; Cheaney Schwartz, 11 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot; Brady Smith, eight points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals; Stephen Compton, four points and four rebounds; Wes Dowell, 10 points and six rebounds.