The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


January 8, 2014

Greenville Lions, Lady Lions down Denison


GREENVILLE —   The Greenville Lions raced to a 85-64 win over the Denison Yellow Jackets Tuesday night at the Lions Den.

  Collen Wilburn fired in 25 points to lead Greenville, while Brady Mulkey added 15 and Justin Wade 12.

  “I’m proud of my guys,” said Greenville coach Marcus Smith. “We stuck it out. We played tough. I was proud of my team. We kept playing and our aggressive defense wore them down at the end. We played together on offense as a team and we dominated the paint.”

  Greenville hit five of its first six shots to open up a 13-5 lead with about four minutes left in the opening quarter and was never headed as the Lions improved to 11-6 for the season and 3-1 in District 13-4A play.

  Denison fell to 1-3 in district play.

  McShane Wyatt fired in 17 points for Denison, while Will Parker added 13 and Caleb Ross 10.

  Greenville travels to Sherman Friday for a game with the Bearcats.

                 District 13-4A boys

Denison       14    18    21    11    —64

Greenville    21    17    14    33    —85

  D: Khalil Brown 6, Carlton Hines 2, Jackson McBride 2, Jaleel Dade 6, Will Parker 13, Delvin Washington 4, Caleb Ross 10, Raylen Johnson 2, McShane Wyatt 17, Trace Johnson 2.

  G: Collen Wilburn 25, Byron Redmon 10, John Franklin 8, Layton Prado 2, Marlon Mack 5, D’erren Wilson 6, Justin Wade 12, Brady Mulkey 15, Jerry Dickeson 2.

 Record: D 1-3, G 11-6, 3-1.

Greenville (girls) 50,

Denison 47

  Greenville’s Lady Lions rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final five minutes to overtake Denison 50-47 in a District 13-4A basketball thriller on Tuesday night in the Lions Den.

  Monica Johnson sealed the victory for Greenville by banking in a layup with two seconds remaining after teammate Reagan Jeffery stole a Denison pass.

  Jeffery put Greenville up 48-47 with 23 seconds remaining after scoring inside following a pass by Cortney Luna.

  “That was a great win for our team,” said Lady Lions coach Lesa Darst.

  Kassidy Watson helped spark Greenville’s comeback by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers that cut Denison’s lead to 45-40 with 2:47 left.

  Savannah Himes also hit two big free throws with 2:37 left and Johnson hit two big buckets at the 1:46 and 1:01 marks.

  Johnson finished with a team-high 14 points for Greenville to go with four steals.

  Himes finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.

  Watson wound up with nine points after hitting three 3-pointers.

  Jeffery added six points to go with five rebounds.

  “We got some good minutes from Monica Johnson,” said Darst. “Kassidy Watson hit some big threes for us. Savannah Himes and Jordan Sweat both pulled down some good rebounds tonight. The players came through.”

  Greenville improved to 2-4 in district play.

  Jamaiah Ballard led Denison with 17 points and Bailey Nixon added 14.

              District 13-4A girls

Denison        11     9    16    11    —47

Greenville    10    12     3    25    —50

  D: Jamaiah Ballard 17, Shara Crawford 3, Sara McBride 6, Bailey Nixon 14, Dara Williams 7.

  G: Monica Johnson 14, Reagan Jeffery 6, Kassidy Watson 9, Brittani Gilstrap 4, Jordan Sweat 4, Savannah Himes 13.

  Records: G 5-13, 2-4.

  Next game: Greenville at Sherman, Friday.

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