GREENWOOD — Clay Reeves’ Lady Bulldogs had little to no issue closing out the regular season strong and sending its four seniors out with a win.
Senior Maddie Goodner scored a game-high 18 points as the Lady Bulldogs made quick work of Mt. Saint Mary in a 55-25 win. Kyiah Julian also scored 13 in the blowout.
"She had a good game," Reeves said of Goodner. "All of our seniors are always dependable and have a good attitude. If you’re giving a good effort and have a good attitude you can’t ask for more than that."
Goodner, a University of Central Arkansas women’s basketball signee, got Greenwood off and running with a 10-point first quarter. For context, the Belles didn’t score their 10th point of the night until the second half.
In fact, Greenwood held Mt. Saint Mary to five points or less in each of the first three quarters before the Belles scored 13 in the final period with the Lady Bulldogs starters long removed from the action.
But Goodner also got some help in the early going on four points from Julian, and a pair of triples from Kaitlyn Summitt. It was Summitt’s only points of the night, but pushed Greenwood’s lead to 20-5 after just eight minutes.
The offensive woes continued for the Belles in the second period. Their first points of the quarter came with 20 seconds remaining on a Lizzie Allgood lay-in and, after a Greenwood turnover, another bucket from Yalerie Kaluffman.
The Lady Bulldogs cruised into halftime ahead 37-9, and led by 30 with 2:50 left before intermission.
Greenwood’s defense and active hands threw Mt. Saint Mary out of its offense for a majority of the night. Following the small flurry to end the half, the Belles went 0-of-5 at the line and would score only three points in the third on a Payton Grice triple.
"Our defense has probably been most of our strength with our size inside and our rebounding," Reeves said. "We’ve just got to continue to do that and hit some shots or get some offensive rebounds and put them back in."
In total, 10 Lady Bulldogs scored, including all four of Reeves’ seniors, making for one happy coach.
"It was good (to see)," he said. "Like I’ve said, they’ve been great to coach the whole year, and hopefully four more games with them.
"Our seniors have been great all year," he continued. "We’ve improved a lot through the year, and we’re still working on some things going the way we need them to go."
Greenwood wraps up the regular season with a 12-15 record, but enter the state tournament on Wednesday with a bit of confidence.
"I’ve told them all year we have a chance if we’re there," he said. "All we can control is what we control. As long as we control the things we need to control every game we go into there we don’t need to worry about the other team."
Mary Rhinehart led the Belles in scoring with eight points. Allgood pitched in with four points and a blocked shot.
Catholic 57, Greenwood 49
BOYS – Blaise Lomon scored a game-high 18 points for Greenwood Friday night, but the Catholic backcourt of Noah Basham and Chad Wharton was too much for the Bulldogs.
Lomon did a majority of his damage in the second half, particularly in the third period. His 11-point third brought the Bulldogs back from a double-digit deficit late, and sent Greenwood into the fourth down just seven.
Zane Harmon also chipped in nine for the Bulldogs while Dustin Lunsford and Luke Hales added six each.
Basham and Wharton, who made four threes between them on the night, scored 12 of Catholic’s 18 fourth quarter points, all at the foul line on 14 attempts. Jack Mathis and Jack Storey each added seven to aid the duo.
Greenwood’s season comes to a close at 4-21 and 1-13 in conference play.
Greenland 44, Paris 40
GIRLS – Greenland punched the first ticket to the 3A-1 Regional Tournament finals Friday afternoon.
Lady Pirates forward Kim Crown dominated from start to finish on her way to 29 points. Crown, in the game’s final minutes, had four chances from the line to tally her 30th point, but came up empty on each attempt.
She finished the night with four and-1s, two in the first period, hurting Paris time and time again with her drop-step move in the paint.
Paris, though, led after the first period behind and 6-0 run to close out the period and seven points from forward Lycia Peevy. It appeared Crown and Peevy would go head-to-head most of the afternoon, but the Lady Eagles’ offense fell off after the first, and it came back to bite them.
The Lady Eagles missed on their final 10 shots of the half with their only points coming on three free throws from Peevy. Greenland outscored Paris 10-3 before half, and 18-8 in the third as Crown poured in 11 points and two of her and-1s.
Greenland, however, would have to fight in the fourth as Paris made a late run. Peevy scored six points and got an added boost from Macey Hurt, who knocked home a pair of threes. The Lady Eagles had their chances to continue to chip away at the lead at the free throw line in the final period, but made just 4-of-10.
Peevy finished the game with 19 points while Hurt also pitched in with 10. Aside from Crown, no other Lady Pirate recorded more than six points.
Greenland moves on to the finals to play Two Rivers at 6 p.m. today. Paris, who has already clinched a spot in the state tournament with its win over Cedarville, will play Lamar at noon today.