Basketball: Depth carries Greenwood past Farmington

Posted: February 3, 2018 at 4 a.m.

GREENWOOD -- Greenwood prides itself on being a deep team with a lot of talent.

It was on display again Friday night at H.B. Stewart Bulldog Arena.

Farmington 10 11 5 6 -- 32

Greenwood 14 17 16 13 -- 60

Farmington (19-4, 7-2): Tidwell 8, Journagan 7, Pense 4, Roach 4, Culpepper 4, Ball 4, Vanzant 1.

Greenwood (14-9, 7-2): Glass 11, Price 8, Julian 8, Cartwright 8, Fisher 6, Goodwin 6, Clements 6, Sockey 3, Baggs 3, Stein 1.

Greenwood's bench scored 30 points and helped spark the offense in the second half in a 60-32 victory against Farmington in a Class 5A/6A District 1 matchup.

Sophomore guard Jaelin Glass came off the bench and scored a game-high 11 points, including making a pair of 3-point baskets in the third quarter.

"Our bench had another great game," Greenwood coach Clay Reeves said. "Different nights kids have better games than the game before. We pick each other up."

Greenwood was able to take a 31-21 lead heading into the break with the help of hitting four 3-point baskets in the middle of the period.

The Lady Bulldogs held a 14-10 lead after the initial quarter, but the outside shots start falling after that. Kaila Cartwright and Kinley Fisher hit two 3-pointers apiece to extend the Greenwood lead to 29-17.

"We were trying to force the tempo to be up and down the floor," Reeves said. "I thought we were being a little too patient on offense than I wanted to be. We haven't played this way in a while, but we got it going."

Greenwood (14-9, 7-2) didn't let up in the third quarter. The Lady Bulldogs used an 8-0 run toward the end of the third quarter to build a 46-24 lead and didn't look back after that.

"I give a lot of credit to Greenwood," Farmington coach Brad Johnson said. "But this was the worst basketball performance of any team we've had in the last three years. I thought we were flat."

Greenwood's bench scored 20 of the team's 29 second-half points to put the game well out of reach.

"We knew we needed to go hard after halftime," Reeves said. "The thing that helped us the most was when we played Farmington last. We had about a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter. We won by just four. It was a learning lesson. We knew it wasn't over."

Greenwood starters Anglea Price, Kyiah Julian and Cartwright each had eight points to help keep the offense balanced. Shea Goodwin and Haven Clements added six apiece off the bench for the Lady Bulldogs.

Julian got the offense going early for Greenwood, as she had seven of the team's 14 first-quarter points.

Joelle Tidwell scored a team-high eight points for Farmington, while Camryn Journagan chipped in seven for the Lady Cardinals (19-4, 7-2)

The loss for Farmington snapped a six-game winning streak. The last time the Lady Cardinals lost was earlier this month against the Lady Bulldogs.

"I think this is a wake-up call," Johnson said. "I think sometimes when you get on win streaks, you get complacent. We are going to fix some of this really quickly."

Boys

Greenwood 54, Farmington 43

Farmington was able to cut the fourth-quarter lead to 45-43 late in the game, but Greenwood (12-10, 7-2 Class 5A/6A District 1) then scored the last nine points of the game to pull away late.

Farmington 14 10 9 10 -- 43

Greenwood 13 9 17 15 -- 54

Farmington (6-16, 0-7): Montez 11, Maxwell 10, S. Montez 8, Gray 6, Staten 4, Killion 2, Whitmore 2.

Greenwood (11-10, 6-2): Sheppard 17, Harmon 17, Rice 5, Holt 5, Barrett 4, Gaston 4, O'Bryant 2.

"They are a good ball team," Greenwood coach Greg Nichols said. "I told my team Farmington is a scrappy team before we even started today. They came out there and proved that."

Jordan Sheppard and Zane Harmon each scored a game-high 17 points to lead the way for Greenwood, which extended its winning streak to three games.

Sheppard was able to convert a four-play play to open the scoring for Greenwood in the fourth quarter, taking a 43-35 lead. But that's when Farmington was able to use an 8-2 run to get back into the game late.

"I don't know what to tell you guys we are lucky to get a win tonight," Nichols said. "We kept trying to do things we aren't good at doing. Fancy passes and shots. We need to be basic and fundamental. I thought we did that in the second half."

Farmington (6-17, 0-8) was led by Jaylen Montez scoring a team-high 11, while Payton Maxwell added 10 for the Cardinals.

Farmington was able to take a 14-13 lead after the initial quarter then held a 24-22 lead heading into the break. Greenwood used an 8-2 run to close out the third quarter to take a 39-33 edge into the final quarter.

Preps Basketball on 02/03/2018