Charity case: Foul shots help South Greene eliminate HV

By Wes Holtsclaw

   MORRISTOWN -- The Happy Valley Lady Warriors left everything out on the court.
   Foul trouble and turnovers were the biggest problem for Happy Valley against the state's ninth-ranked South Greene Lady Rebels, which held onto a 64-56 victory in the first round of the Region 1-AA tournament at Morristown West High School.
   A strong first half keyed Elizabethton to a 13-point win over South Greene (50-37), while Pigeon Forge, which topped Sullivan Central 75-54, and Unicoi County, which beat Chuckey-Doak 59-40, advanced.
   Happy Valley kept the game within a three and four-point margin before a technical foul and a large discrepancy of shots at the charity stripe helped South Greene stretch out a double-digit lead before the second half.
   The Lady Warriors cut the South Greene down to six in the second half and were a run away from pulling a big upset.
   "I was disappointed that we lost, but I was pleased with our effort and the way we played," said Happy Valley coach Ben Godsey. "We hit some shots and when we can get them to fall, we are a pretty tough team."
   "The main thing is that we didn't quit. I expected us to come out and fight, and play as hard as we can," he said. "That's what we did. We just got in foul trouble. They got to the line I don't know how many times. They hit their free throws at the end when we could've had a little run on them. I'm proud of our team."
   Godsey got a technical in the second quarter after the Lady Warriors' twelfth foul compared to South Greene's two at the time.
   South Greene made 15 of 23 shots at the line, while Happy Valley only got two attempts in the first half. For the game, South Greene shot 42 to Happy Valley's nine.
   The second half was an even battle between both teams, with the Lady Rebels holding on late, courtesy of the strong play of four girls in double-digits.
   District 2-AA MVP Whitney Tweed led South Greene with 15 points, while Jessica Smith added 13. Twin sisters Brooke and Brittany Waddell each had ten during the game.
   "It was either a missed shot or free throw, or they'd come down and score," said Godsey of the Lady Rebels. "They are a well-coached basketball team and they were under control. I thought we pressured them a little bit. I would've liked to have pressured them some more."
   It was a proper send off for the three Lady Warrior seniors, who each played a significant role in the team's stellar performance despite defeat.
   Four treys helped Kortney Goulds pull out a game-high 19 points, while Terra Whaley and Mandy Byrd dropped ten and six respectively.
   "I think we came out strong on the floor, but we got in foul trouble and it hurt us in the end," said Goulds. "We had nothing to lose and everything to gain."
   "We've been coming out with a lot of intensity the last couple of games, and we wanted to show them what we were made of."
   Junior Kate Powell added 12 points for the Lady Warriors, while Brandi Dugger added all of her seven late.
   "We fell behind and stepped it up in the second half," Powell said. "I think if we wouldn't have gotten in foul trouble, we could've beat them."
   "It's weird because either me or (Kortney) would have a good game and tonight we both did," she said. "Mandy and Terra were outstanding, and they've all been great team leaders. It will be hard to lose them."
   South Greene faces Unicoi County on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
   Elizabethton 50
   West Greene 37
   A 13-2 run opened the game for the Lady Cyclones and there was no looking back.
   Elizabethton outscored West Greene 13-4 in the second quarter, before opening on fire in the second half to take a 21-point lead.
   The Lady Buffaloes made some big buckets late, but the damage was done.
   "We had great intensity in the first half," said Elizabethton coach Mike Wilson. "I was very worried after that emotional win against Unicoi that we would be flat. I think our kids learned a lesson tonight that you can win a game in either half and tonight we won in the first half."
   The Lady Cyclones had a well-rounded performance from the entire team after West Greene opened the game concentrating on Rikki Baughman, who finished with seven.
   They brought out a strong shooting performance from Brandi Forbes, Tanya Dykes and Michaela Pietrowski.
   A number of other Lady Cyclones, including Whitney Bishop, Cameron Crapps, Valnessha Redd, Victoria Hopson and Valerie Kauffeld delivered strong defense and played as a team to pick up the victory.
   "It's good to get other people involved and (opposing teams) have to guard them," said Wilson. "Some of the teams back home think that you have to guard (Rikki) Baughman to beat Elizabethton, that's not true and we kind of emphasized that tonight."
   Kayla Ford and Michelle Shockley each dropped 11 for the Lady Buffaloes, while Grace Swatzell and Mandi Deweese had six apiece.
   Forbes led Elizabethton with her 11 points, while Redd and Pietrowski had seven each. Dykes added six for the Betsy ladies.
   Elizabethton meets the Lady Tigers of Pigeon Forge on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
   Pigeon Forge 75
   Sullivan Central 54
   The Lady Cougars of Central fought tooth and nail with the Lady Tigers before turnovers led to a large Pigeon Forge lead.
   "For two and a half quarters, we were right there and cut it to three," said Sullivan Central coach Gary Surcey. "We had a few turnovers and they scored inside on us and it was gone."
   Pigeon Forge guard Kendra Newton led the game with 20 points, courtesy of strong outside shooting, while post Norah Ramsey dropped 18.