Hornets get back on winning track, beat O'Bannon
The Greenville High School Hornets snapped a six game losing streak with an 83-67 win over cross town rival O’Bannon Greenwaves on Saturday.
“It felt good to get a win because it felt for a while like we were under a spell,” said Hornets head coach Delmar Sprouse. “We had lost eight of of the last ten and seemed to be mentally exhausted.” Greenville sped the Greenwaves up entering the second half leading to turnovers and easy baskets. The Hornets also began attacking the basket leading to easy buckets, fouls on the Greenwaves and open three point shots. Hornets senior guard Danny Washington led the charge by scoring 14 of the Hornets 23 second quarter points. The visitors took a 40-27 lead into the locker room at the half.
The first quarter was a sign of things to come with several contested shots, hyped crowds on both sides of the arena and chippy play. Ardarlyn Price knocked down a three pointer from in front of the Hornets bench to give O’Bannon a 15-13 lead after one quarter.
“Greenville Weston is a well coached team with a lot of talent,” said Greenwaves Head Coach Torriane Carter. “We try to play up tempo anyway because that’s when we play at our best. They just outplayed us during the stretch between the first and second quarter.”
The Hornets appeared to be on cruise control throughout the second half. But O’Bannon cut the lead to single digits at 62-53 thanks to the slashing and playmaking of Octavia Wilson. “I think my players started playing to the crowd rather than executing our game plan,” Sprouse said. “That’s what happens to a young team’s lead when they lose focus.”
From there, Washington went to work again by pushing the pace and dropping off a couple of no-look passes to his big men inside.
Perhaps the senior guards most exciting plays of the night came on two missed dunk attempts. Washington led all scores with 29 points. Morgan Green chipped in with 18 for the Hornets. Wilson led the Greenwaves with 25 followed by Tobias Parks with 12.
In the first game of the night, the Greenville High School Honeybees remained undefeated by soundly beating the Lady Waves 67-14. “Tell everybody in Greenville that despite the score, the rivalry is back,” said Lady Waves Head Coach Lindsey Rucker. “The crowds for each side really supported their teams tonight.”