Greenwood rolls past Airedalettes and the Airedales clinch another win.
The Greenwood Lady Bulldogs had it working both ways on Friday night.
They scored inside and outside in a 57-38 win over Alma to open the second half of the 6A/5A-1 schedule at H.B Stewart Arena.
Greenwood (10-12, 2-5) avoided losing the season series to Alma, avenging an early January loss at Alma.
Friday, Kaila Cartwright and Sara Reeves combined for 19 points inside and 14 rebounds.
Reeves scored a pair of buckets inside in the first quarter and two more in the second quarter, and Cartwright was lethal from the baseline for the Lady Bulldogs and added two more baskets inside.
“If we’ve got the advantage and think we can score, that’s where we try to go,” Greenwood head coach Clay Reeves said. “We were posting up good, and our guards did a great job of being patient.”
Greenwood led 24-18 at the half, and Cartwright hit Jaelin Glass for a layup underneath to open the third quarter. Cartwright added a bucket from the left baseline and then added one from the right baseline to push Greenwood ahead, 30-18, with 4:47 left in the third quarter.
Greenwood, after leading 37-23 after three quarters, reeled off the first nine points of the last quarter. Cartwright ended the run with consecutive passes, kicking out passes for Kyiah Julian to hit a 3-pointer and then for Glass to add another for a 46-23 lead.
“When they did start coming after us a little bit more there, our post kicked it out and we hit a couple of threes,” Reeves said. “That’s what we talk about every day, if our posts can score then our guards will get open shots and vice-versa.”
Kenzie Smith provided the spark from the perimeter for Greenwood, hitting two 3-pointers in the first quarter, the second one at the end of the first quarter for a 14-12 lead, and adding another in the second quarter.
Alma (9-11, 3-4) was also hitting 3-pointers early.
Kailey Fagan hit four treys in the first 12 minutes, hitting two straight for a 9-5 lead midway of the opening quarter and two straight to put Alma up, 18-17, with 4:36 left in the half.
“We’re a really good shooting team and have been all year,” Alma head coach Codey Mann said. “We struggled to score inside. That was kind of obvious tonight. I really thought we’d hit some threes the second half and get us going.”
All of Alma’s first-half points were three at a time with Tatum Willhite adding a 3-pointer, and Sierra Bailey converting a conventional three-point play.
Greenwood, though, extended its defense and held the Airedalettes without a 3-pointer for a 16minute span until midway of the fourth quarter.
“We were doing our best to keep up with them,” Reeves said. “The kids were doing a good job of that. They still got some open outside shots, and some open threes. Fortunately, they weren’t falling for them. We know they’re going to hit some. They shoot a lot of them, and some of them are going to go in. They didn’t hit very many of them. We trying to get to them the best we could.”
Alma, down just 24-18 at the half, missed its first six shots of the third quarter and managed just four second-half field goals.
“We were only down six as bad as we played in the first half,” Mann said. “I was still pretty happy about that. We just didn’t have any answers defensively, either. When you’re not scoring, defense seems to struggle a little bit, you’re constantly playing defense.”
Smith led Greenwood with 13 points, and Julian had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Cartwright had 11 points and eight boards. Reeves added eight points and six rebounds.
Fagan scored 12 points for Alma.
ALMA 62, GREENWOOD 56
MEN’S – Kade Wood scored a career-high 25 points, yanked down nine rebounds and swatted four shots to lead the Airedales to the win.
Alma (11-6, 4-3) never trailed after wiping out an early 5-0 deficit.
The Airedales led 13-8 after a quarter, scoring 13 straight points to take the lead, increased their lead to 30-19 at the half, and finally, 40-32, after three quarters.
“I thought we were really solid and banded together,” Alma head coach Stan Flenor said. “We went inside to Kade, and Kade responded. We worked inside-out. It was a really good team win.”
Dathan Hillian had 3-pointers in the first and third quarters, Nathan Corder added treys in the second and fourth quarter and finished with 19 points.
Brayden Johnson also was good on the boards for Alma, hauling in eight rebounds and adding five points.
“They were real good at finishing,” Flenor said. “Kade was outstanding.”
Wood was 11-of-15 shooting from the floor, and added three free throws in four attempts.
Greenwood (5-16, 2-5) was led by Jordan Sheppard with 17 points. Zane Harmon added 11 points.