The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 1, 2010

Spartans open with victory

FAIRLEA — Turnovers produce points and the Greenbrier East girls basketball team collected plenty of each en route to an 81-43 season-opening victory against Bluefield on Tuesday night.

The Spartans recorded 41 turnovers and turned many into points on the offensive end. It wasn’t the cleanest game, but coach Jim Justice said he’ll take the win any day.

“Any time you play your first game it’s going to be sloppy,” Justice said. “We didn’t play defensively like I wanted to. We shot the ball real poor, especially from 3-point land. The first half we shot 1-of-13 (from 3-point range). We got kids that can really shoot the ball. I guess the thing that is halfway good is we had 77 shots on goal. That’s pretty good.”

Bianca Andre, Kayla Whited, Jessie Ford and Alena Hamrick — all starters — each reached double digits offensively for Greenbrier East (1-0) in a well-balanced offensive effort against Bluefield (0-1).

“That’s great,” Justice said of the unselfish play. “That’s what you want every game.”

The Spartans grabbed the lead early and never let go. The team led by as many as 12 in the first quarter and held the Beavers to just one field goal in the first seven minutes of action. From that point, the lead was never in doubt.

Greenbrier East maintained a 44-22 advantage at halftime with many of the team’s points resulting from turnovers. Twice in the second quarter, the Spartans recorded back-to-back turnovers that led to baskets on the offensive end. The former swiping feat finished a 10-0 run.

During the third quarter, Bluefield outscored Greenbrier East 11-10 as the Spartan offense slowed. The squad rebounded to manufacture its best offensive output of the game in the fourth quarter with 28 points.

“We changed our offensive set in the fourth quarter and started running our open post, getting a lot more people moving,” Justice said. “We got some people open and some open shots.”

Despite the sizable win, Justice said the team has some areas that need work like rebounding. The Beavers held a 48-44 advantage in rebounds.

“We can’t get out-rebounded,” Justice said. “We’re just a little sloppy on defense and not in tune on offense as far as our shooting, but you score 81 points — you have to be happy with that.”

Hamrick led all scorers with 20 points. Bianca recorded 18, while Whited finished with 14 and Ford posted 10. Bluefield’s Shelia Hopkins scored a team-high 11 points. Hopkins just missed a double-double with a game-high nine rebounds. Mary Beth Miller reached double figures with 10.

Greenbrier East next plays 7 p.m. Friday at Lincoln County while Bluefield plays host to Graham (Va.) at 7:30 p.m. today.

— E-mail: nbrockman@

Greenbrier East 81, Bluefield 43

Bluefield (0-1)

Ebony Allison 3 1-3 8, Kaitlyn Thompson 2 0-1 4, Mary Beth Miller 4 2-5 10, Khadijah Brown 2 0-0 4, Shelia Hopkins 4 1-1 11, Allison Shaw 0 0-0 0, Nicole Smalls 0 0-0 0, Dazia Edwards 0 0-0 0, Deja Taxley 1 1-2 3, Tyra Jackson 1 1-2 3. Totals: 17 6-14 43.

Greenbrier East (1-0)

Bianca Andre’ 6 5-7 18, Kayla Whited 5 2-4 14, Jessie Ford 5 0-0 10, Gaby Dugan 1 0-0 3, Alena Hamrick 7 3-4 20, Elizabeth Romeo 0 0-0 0, Erica McGuire 1 0-2 2, Chaunte McDowell 0 0-0 0, Amanda McGuire 2 1-2 7, Cassie Ford 0 0-2 0, Brittany Parker 3 1-4 7, Maddee Carroll 0 0-0 0. Totals: 30 12-25 81.

B    9     13     11     10    —    43

GE    18     26     10     27    —    81

Three-point goals: B: Allison 1, Hopkins 2; GE: Andre’ 1, Whited 2, Dugan 1, Hamrick 3, A. McGuire 1, Parker 1; Fouled out: None.

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