MSP RUSSELL VANNOZZI firstname.lastname@example.org Jan. 12,2020
White House Heritage coach Carl Miller was victorious in his return to Greenbrier, thanks in part to a career night from junior Timmy Freel.
Freel scored a game-high 16 points, also a career best, to lead the Patriots to a 60-42 victory over Greenbrier. It was Miller’s first game at his old school since leaving the Greenbrier girls basketball post in July.
“It was awkward, but it was fun,” Miller said. “I have the utmost respect for (Greenbrier) and the people in it. There are no hard feelings. It’s just respect all the way around.”
Current Greenbrier boys coach Kenton Coleman also has close ties to Miller. Coleman played for the Bobcats from 2002-05 while Miller was on staff, and he later served as a girls assistant under Miller.
“It was fun,” Coleman said of the reunion. “When the ball is tipped, it’s just another coach on the sideline. You’re not thinking about who’s over there. But it’s certainly fun to talk to him before and after the game. I respect him quite a bit.”
Heritage jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the first quarter, and Greenbrier never recovered. Freel did most of his damage in the second quarter, when he scored 11 points and ended the first half with a three-point play after a steal and breakaway layup.
Freel rejoined the team when football season ended in November. He initially saw some junior varsity action to work on his “basketball IQ”, according to Miller.
“It just takes a little while to get into basketball mode,” Miller said. “Timmy is very athletic. He gave us great minutes tonight. We always knew he could play defense, but we’ve been working on his offensive side, and that showed.”
The Patriots led 36-22 at halftime after a 22-point second quarter. Greenbrier senior Noah Griffin cut the deficit to 10 by hitting a three-pointer at the end of the third quarter, but another breakaway bucket and three-pointer from Freel put the game out of reach in the fourth.
Read the rest of the story and browse through the photos by Phil Stauder: Freel leads Heritage in Miller’s return to Greenbrier