Huskies stun ‘Dogs in last second trey

Published 9:57 am Thursday, February 7, 2019

North Greene forward Turner Bailey didn’t size up the off-balance shot on Tuesday evening at Van Huss / White gymnasium, but he let it fly just the same. And when the buzzer sounded the 3-ball swished through the net giving the North Greene Huskies a 40-37 win over Hampton in Watauga Valley Conference basketball action.

“They have a good team and they made a big shot at the end,” said Bulldogs head coach Ned Smith. “I thought my team played hard and battled all night. North Greene is well coached and both teams defended really well.”

The Bulldogs (20-8, 6-2 WVC) led 12-10 after one quarter was in the books and held a slender 24-22 advantage at the half with Caleb Oaks leading the way with six first-half points. The Huskies (19-8, 6-3) outscored Hampton 10-7 in the low scoring third period to take a 32-31 lead into the fourth quarter.

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The ‘Dogs usually live on offensive rebounding and put back shots but on this night North Greene had 6’10” post Tom Skorich re-directing and changing Hampton shots in the paint. In all, Skorich had five blocked shots and changed a great many others.

“Number 21 (Skorich) alters a lot of shots,” Smith said. “He is 6 foot nine, or 10 and he makes you alter your shot. I thought Caleb battled on the boards – he had nine rebounds – and did a good job on defense.”

The fourth quarter was a defensive struggle with each team managing single-digit scoring, but with 15 seconds left, the score was knotted at 37-37. Bailey took a low pass at the top of the arc and saw the clock winding down and fired an off-balance rainbow that found the bottom of the net as the buzzer sounded.


North Greene 60,

Hampton 50

The Lady Bulldogs played with heavy hearts due to the loss of assistant coach Jesse James, who was given a nice tribute following the game with Lady Bulldogs with head coach Bud Hazelwood eulogizing his friend and assistant along with North Greene’s head coach James Buchanan.

Players and coaches from his many years of coaching were on hand to be recognized and to remember coach James.

“This years team can claim the honor of being the last he coached,” Hazelwood said. “Jesse loved his kids and they loved him. They didn’t always like to run or be corrected by him all the time, but they still loved him.”

In the game, the Lady Bulldogs (8-10, 4-5) hung tough with the Lady Huskies as senior guard Stephanie Campbell scored 11 first-half points and North Greene was left clinging to a 30-25 halftime edge. The Huskies (22-6, 8-1) extended to a 42-34 lead after three quarters only to see Hampton rally behind nine fourth-quarter points from senior guard Leann Guinn.

After buckets from Hazen Brumitt and Guinn, the Bulldogs pulled to within 50-47. Hampton was outscored 10-3 the rest of the way with NG hitting six free throws down the stretch. Campbell finished with a team-high 18 points but had just three in the fourth period with Guinn scoring 14.

“We’re a pretty good team when Guinn scores 12 to 14 points,” Hazelwood said. “They got 22 points from the free throw line. We can’t put a team at the line that much.”