Vicksburg drops hammer on Greenville|[01/06/07]
Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 6, 2007
After a terrible shooting first quarter, Vicksburg found its groove and it was enough to rout Greenville-Weston 71-48 Friday night.
For Gators coach Dellie C. Robinson, the end result of the Division 3-5A game is what counts.
“Ain’t no doubt about it, we’re 2-0 in the division and that’s the first time since 2003 we can say that,” Robinson said after the blowout win.
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It didn’t start out that way. The Gators (12-5, 2-0) made just 1 of 11 shots in the opening quarter and were also outrebounded 11-7 as Greenville (6-14, 0-1) took an 8-5 lead.
Vicksburg finally warmed up and it was three 3-pointers against the Hornets’ zone defense that opened up the game. Jaybri Williams’ 3-pointer from the wing snapped an 8-8 tie and Levextwin Trunell’s trey put the Gators up 23-12 late in the second quarter.
“I thought we turned it on after the first quarter. We hit some outside shots and got them out of that packed-in zone,” Robinson said. “They didn’t want (Jonathan) Phelps to drive. But once we got the lead we could run and when we get out running, we’re pretty good.”
First-year Greenville coach Marlon Dorsey said he had no one who could match the scoring power of Phelps, who finished with 23 points.
“They’re better than us and they did a good job of being patient. That will take them a long way,” said Dorsey, who played collegiate ball under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State. “I just don’t have the players. We’re not very versatile and they didn’t show up tonight.”
Phelps hit his third 3-pointer of the game to put Vicksburg up 35-19 early in the third quarter. Greenville closed back to 10 at 37-27 but could not get any closer. Three-pointers by Williams and Trunell put the Gators up 51-34 with six minutes to go.
Williams finished with 12 points, while Trunell had 10. John Qualls had a strong overall game with 12 points, 13 rebounds and four steals.
Vicksburg was 24-of-54 from the field with seven of the made field goals being 3-pointers. They also managed to outrebound the Hornets 36-30.
Greenville-Weston was led by Akeem Richardson with 15 points, followed by Eddie Williams and Kendrick Webster with 10 points apiece.
(G) VHS 80, Greenville 61
The Missy Gators hit the 80-point mark and ran their Division 3-5A record to 2-0 in the romp over the Greenville-Weston Honey Bees.
Senior forward Rachel Jenkins fired in a season-high 28 points to lead Vicksburg (10-7, 2-0). Jenkins scored 10 points in both the second and fourth quarters to key VHS.
Kamiko Martin tallied 18 points and Tiffany Williams had 13.
The Honey Bees (10-5, 0-1) got 20 points from Breanna Lewis and 12 from Camissa Jackson.