Girls Varsity Basketball · HS Basketball: MSP-Fast third quarter helps WH Heritage girls down Greenbrier

The first half of Tuesday’s contest between the Greenbrier and White House Heritage girls basketball teams was a bit of a snooze fest.

The crowd was sparse because schools were closed for illness. The Lady Patriots led just 20-13 at the break.

That changed quickly when Heritage opened the third quarter on a 14-2 run, sparked by three-point makes on four consecutive possessions. Kelsey Russell had two of them, while Alex Green and Staten Holmes also hit from long range. Heritage eventually pulled away for a 46-28 victory.

 “It was a little bit slower-paced (in the first half),” Heritage coach Clay Head said. “We weren’t hitting shots, and against Greenbrier, you’ve got to be able to knock some shots down.

“I figured if we could hit one, then we could hit a few more. Once we got going, it was good to see. Our defensive ball pressure really got us going offensively.”

The Lady Bobcats struggled on the offensive end, managing just 15 second-half points after a low-scoring first half. Heritage’s relentless ball pursuit did Greenbrier no favors.

“We just struggled to score,” Greenbrier coach Brianna Gillen said. “And to be fair, their defense is really good. Heritage has good, solid defense with a lot of ball pressure, and that’s where we struggle.”

All but three Heritage points came from the senior trio of Green (18), Russell (17) and Holmes (8).

“That’s not really what you want, but we’ll take the points from anybody whenever we can get them,” Head said. “As long as they’re good shots, I’m OK with it.”

Green finished 11-of-13 on free throws, and Russell made three shots from beyond the arc.


Read the rest of the story and see images from the game here: Fast third quarter helps WH Heritage girls down Greenbrier