PORTLAND - A strong performance on defense coupled with a fourth-quarter run helped carry the Portland Lady Panthers to a 31-26 win over Greenbrier on Tuesday.
“Greenbrier’s a good team, and they’ve got a lot of girls that can score, and I think we really took that as a challenge,” Portland coach Scott Steinbrecher said. “I was really impressed with our effort and execution tonight. You could tell that we wanted it.”
Portland’s offense spread the ball around early in the game, as five different players scored the team’s first 13 points.
The Lady Panthers also relied heavily on shots from behind the arc, hitting five three-pointers in the game.
After Portland went into the half with a 14-8 lead, Greenbrier started the third quarter with a 10-3 run. A three from Snowden Scott gave the Lady Bobcats their first lead of the night at 18-17.
However, Portland responded with a 12-2 run of their own to take a 29-20 advantage and later emerge with the victory.
“They gave us extreme pressure all night, and I think it basically came down to rebounds,” Greenbrier coach Brianna Gillen said. “I don’t think our intensity was there in the first half. We only scored eight points, and that’s just not going to be good enough.”
Portland (31): Lexie Williams 9, Lillie Whitehead 6, Sami Parker 5, Eme Loza 3, Madison Linville 3, Daley McCloud 2, Abi Thomerson 2, Abbie Tomlinson 1.
Greenbrier (26): Snowden Scott 6, Halle Barnes 6, Kayla Conquest 6, Emma Disney 6, Alyssa Davis 2.