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Greyhounds defend LeRon King Roundball Classic Title
ONA, W.Va. -- Basketball is a game of runs, everyone knows that. But how you counteract your opponent's runs is usually what determines if you win or lose.
The D-1 Greyhounds used a 16-1 run in the second half of the Girls High School Championship game in the LeRon King Roundball Classic to cruise to a relatively easy, 52-27, win over the 4Sports Breakers 11th grade team. The Greyhounds were more than dominate in their opening tournament of the season winning all four games by an average of 41 points. Sunday's 25-point title game was the closest of the weekend.
"We got everything we wanted from this tournament," said Greyhound coach Kyle Sheffield. "We had games were we didn't shoot the ball well, games were our post players had to be more physical and games were our guards had to be more aggressive and knock down open jump shots. This was a good tuneup to start the season to get us ready for the rest of our schedule."
Sunday's title game was the game that the post players had to be more physical. Unlike the first three games of the tourney, 4Sports 11th grade was a big and physical team. So physical that both teams reached the bonus in the first half as the Greyhounds took a slim, 22-15, lead into intermission.
"We were very proud of the way Atiyah (Spaulding), (Ericka) Budd and Payton (Walsh) played against their post players," Sheffield said. "Their girls were bumping us and really bringing the game to us early on. But we challenged our girls to match their intensity and they did."
Leading 27-20, Dazha Congleton and Mariah Harmon got the run started with back-to-back three point baskets. Kearsta Turner kept the run going with an old-fashioned three-point play following a steal, one of 21 turnovers that the high-octane Greyhound defense forced. Walsh joined in on the fun knocking down a three from the top of the key before a tough layup by Jordyn Dawson extended the lead to 43-21. The Greyhounds would never look back. Alexiya Sheffield and Kendra Zieglar also made key contributions in the win.
"We knew we weren't going to run them down because they had plenty of subs," Sheffield said. "So we knew we had to win the first three minutes of the second half. Those three minutes can sometimes be the most important of the game, so its important to control them. But, we always want to make that happen by just playing our game. Today, it all came together for us at the right time."
Saturday, March 23
Greyhounds roll through pool play to earn bye
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- If you ever wondered what it would be like to play against the 2016 D-1 Greyhounds girls basketball team's defense, here's a suggestion: find a bee hive up in a tree and hit it with a stick. The outcome you get might be better than the two teams that had to face the Greyhounds on Saturday.
The Greyhounds rolled through pool play on Saturday beating the WV Cyclones 10th grade team and the 4Sport Breakers 9th grade team by a combined score of, 127-22, in the Second Annual LeRon King Roundball Classic.
With the two wins on Saturday, the Greyhounds earned a first-round bye going into Sunday's action. The 4Sport 11th grade team also earned a bye on Sunday by picking up two wins in its side of pool play. Both teams will play Sunday, 8:30 a.m. at the YMCA of Huntington for a chance to play in the championship game at, 11 a.m. All championship games in all divisions will be held at Cabell Midland High School.
"We had a good day of basketball," said Greyhounds head coach Kyle Sheffield. "And we like to play with the same intensity all the time. Doesn't matter if we are up by 30 or down by 30. We preach playing hard to the very end regardless of the score."
The Cyclones kept the first game close trailing, 15-6, going into halftime. While the Cyclones played solid basketball, the Greyhounds did its fair share to help keep the game tight missing a barrage of layups and open jump shots in the first half.
"We couldn't buy a bucket in the first half," Sheffield said. "But I think our girls were just too excited to be on the court. We went into the half and told them to settle down. They did and those shots that we were missing in the first half started to fall for us in the second half."
Back-to-back three-point buckets by guard Mariah Harmon extended the Greyhound led to 29-8. The led ballooned to 26 points at, 36-10, after a steal and full court pass by Alexia Sheffield led to an easy basket for forward Atiya Spaulding. The Cyclones would only score three more points the rest of the way as the Greyhounds cruised to the win.
Game two was over from the jump as the Greyhounds jumped out to a 25-0 lead. The Breakers scored their first bucket with a little more than six minutes to play in the first half. The Greyhounds led 38-4 at the half and rolled to a sixty point victory.
Sunday might not be as easy for the Greyhounds as two of the teams that they could end up facing are the 11th grade versions of the two teams they beat on Saturday. Spaulding and Ericka Budd are the two oldest girls on the Greyhound roster, both are in the ninth grade.
"We always play up (play older teams), " Sheffield said. "And we know those two 11th grade teams are pretty good, so we know we will have our work cut out for us if we get a chance to play them. But as long as we come out and play our game, we believe we can beat anybody at anytime."
Friday, March 22
Young Greyhounds win alumni game; MATTS Mustangs beat WV Rising Stars
ONA, W.Va. -- From the looks of things, the future of the D-1 Greyhounds basketball team is very bright. And if you don't think so, just ask the past D-1 Greyhound players. "They definitely have a lot of potential," said former Greyhound player Jalynn Bradburn. "You can tell that they are comfortable on the court with each other because they've being playing together for a long time. Next time we play them, after we get in a little better shape, we'll give them a better game."
The 2016 D-1 Greyhounds knocked off their elder counterparts, 47-42, in the opening game of the Second Annual LeRon King Roundball Classic Friday at Cabell Midland High School. The LeRon King Classic is scheduled to continue through the weekend with games being played at Cabell MIdland and St. Joe High Schools, as well as at the YMCA of Huntington.
"It's always good to get the older girls back together," said Greyhound head coach Kyle Sheffield. "But they are always around in some capacity, he added. Coming to practice and working with the younger girls to help them get better. And that's a tradition that we want to start around here; continued success." The alumni Greyhounds have already scheduled a rematch with the 2016 Greyhounds. Huntington High senior Kiana Evans said that she is hoping for a different outcome at the next game. "It was fun to be out here with all the girls and play in this game, but we wanted a win," Evans said with a smile. "But give us a little time to get our legs back under us, we'll get them."
The game of the night at Cabell Midland featured the WV Rising Stars against the M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs in the Boys 8th Grade Division. The Mustangs withstood a late comeback by the Rising Stars to win, 43-38, in a back-and-forth game. The Rising Stars had a chance to send the game into overtime with less than five seconds to play, but a three=point attempt by guard John Dawson was a little long and hit back rim. The Mustangs sealed the win with two free throws with seconds left.
Keith Clemons led the Rising Stars with nine points and Dawson added six. Timmy Dalton for the Mustangs led all scorers with 15 points.
"We've got a good group of kids that haven't had an opportunity to play together," said Rising Star coach Andre Nazario. "And I think we played a little too unselfish at times. When we played with confidence, we did some good things. But we'll be better prepared tomorrow. We just need to come out and fast and play well from the start of the game."