Greene has mixed results on senior night

Lady Tigers senior Jayla Strong drains a jump shot a few feet away from the goal to help give Greene County an early boost versus LOA.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Greene County’s basketball teams split their senior night games last Friday versus Lake Oconee Academy.

The Lady Tigers dropped a heartbreaker to the Lady Titans, falling 45-44. Greene had a 2-point lead with about 20 seconds remaining but LOA moved the ball around and then, with 6 seconds on the clock, sophomore Kirstin Reece drained a perfect 3-pointer to put the Lady Titans ahead.

Despite the Lady Tigers’ best effort on their ensuing possession, there just wasn’t enough time and a buzzer-beating shot wasn’t in the cards. The loss was the Lady Tigers’ first to the LOA program, which is in just its second year with a varsity roster.

Senior Tra’ceria Dunn dropped 20 points during the game, leading the Lady Tigers. Keiaundra Chaffin, another senior, had a game to remember, too, racking up several assists and scoring 11 points of her own. Jayla Strong scored an easy basket during the first quarter to help Greene jump out to a lead. The team’s other two seniors, Kiana Rowland and Tanisha Robertson, logged several minutes and helped the Lady Tigers hold back LOA at several crucial points.

Fortunately for Greene’s girls, they earned a spot in the Region 7-A tournament this week. They were No. 19 in the Class A power rating as of Monday, too, which means a state playoff seed is likely headed the Lady Tigers’ way. The Class A tournament will begin next week.

Greene’s boys played a tough game against LOA, too, but were able to use a blistering defensive effort during the third quarter to gain enough separation to notch a comfortable, 70-47 victory.

All but one of the Tigers’ six seniors scored at least one bucket. Tyreke Price led the seniors with 9 points and Quanderious Briscoe had 8 points, including two crowd-energizing 3-pointers during the first half. Malik Jones scored on a free throw then added to that by laying up an easy basket. Travon Alexander hit a 3-pointer and Fred Wright scored 2 points. Russell Milton played several minutes and was a key defender for the Tigers.

The boys team did not make it to the region tournament. As of Monday, the Tigers were No. 24 in the Class A power rating, which would have them inside the state tournament.

Check the Lake Country Sports Facebook page for the latest updates regarding the Greene County basketball teams and their potential state tournament games.

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