The White House Heritage girls basketball team used a balanced offense to beat Greenbrier 52-35 on Friday.
Alex Green (12 points), Kinsley Caruthers (11) and Kelsey Russell (11) all finished in double figures to help the Lady Patriots snap a two-game losing streak, which included blowout defeats to Graves County (Ky.) and Westmoreland. Senior guard Staten Holmes added nine.
“We were really balanced,” said Heritage coach Clay Head. “If we can get that every night, we’re going to be pretty tough. We needed to get back and play a good, complete game.”
Heritage had a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Greenbrier senior Snowden Scott opened the second with a three-point make to give the Lady Bobcats a one-point lead. From there, Heritage finished the first half on a 12-6 run and never relinquished its lead again.
Greenbrier committed 17 turnovers and struggled to find consistency on offense. The Lady Bobcats scored just 15 points in the second half.
“We had a really good first half,” Greenbrier coach Brianna Gillen said. “But it’s just the same old problem that we’ve had for years here: we can’t score. We’re still a little timid with the ball, and we turned it over too many times.”
Greenbrier senior Kayla Conquest scored 11 points in her second game back from a shoulder injury she suffered in the Kenwood Christmas tournament. Conquest missed the Springfield and Portland games for precautionary reasons, according to Gillen.
“She finally had a good game,” Gillen said. “She’s been in a slump, and I think it’s been in her head that it’s her last season. I finally saw the game I wanted to see out of her.”
Conquest hit a layup with 1:39 left in the third to trim the Heritage lead to 32-26. But Green and Caruthers answered with three-pointers to put the game on ice.
“We started off slow, and (Greenbrier) came out really well,” Head said. “They played well offensively and attacked us in the paint, which is what a lot of teams will do. I was proud of us for making the proper adjustments.”
Heritage (11-4, 2-1 District 9-AA) is set to travel to Harpeth on Tuesday before Cheatham County visits on Friday. The Lady Patriots are trying to get back in the groove after a two-week break following their three wins in the Smoky Mountain Classic Dec. 19-21.
“We had a two-week layoff over Christmas, and I felt like that set us back,” Head said. “Playing more games will get us in rhythm and help us play better as we go.”
Greenbrier (7-9, 0-3) is still searching for its first District 9-AA win. That could change if the Lady Bobcats can beat Harpeth, White House or Sycamore this week.
“These next three games are vital,” Gillen said.
WH Heritage (52): Alex Green 12, Kinsley Caruthers 11, Kelsey Russell 11, Staten Holmes 9, Nikki Morrell 5, Sadie Short 3, Eimy Esparza 1.
Greenbrier (35): Kayla Conquest 11, Snowden Scott 7, Halle Barnes 5, Emma Disney 4, Raylon Roach 3, Hailey Blair 2, Laura Walker 2, Alyssa Davis 1.