Greenville’s Lady Lions celebrated senior night Friday with a 57-38 District 13-4A basketball victory over Denison.
The Lady Lions recognized seniors Arian Alford, Maddy Crabtree, Mackenzie Cooper, Elizabeth Rutherford, Abby Ellsworth and Chandra Jeffery.
Rutherford and Cooper both had double-doubles to lead the Lady Lions. Rutherford fired in 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Cooper had 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Crabtree finished with 11 points, four assists and three steals after also playing a half with the Lady Lions’ soccer team against Ferris.
Alford added seven points and had six steals as the Lady Lions improved to 13-13 for the season and 3-10 in district play heading into their final game on Tuesday at Sherman.
“It was great for our seniors,” said Lady Lions coach Lesa Darst. “Our team played well together.”
Jacoya Johnson led Denison with 14 points and Jasmine Ballard chipped in 12.
District 13-4A girls
Denison 7 7 13 11 —38
Greenville 16 14 14 13 —57
D: Deronhdra Harris 2, Jasmine Ballard 12, Taylor Cummins 8, Aleigh Pool 2, Jacoya Johnson 14.
G: Arian Alford 7, Britney Smith 2, Maddy Crabtree 11, Cortney Luna 2, Mackenzie Cooper 13, Elizabeth Rutherford 20, Savannah Himes 2.
Records: G 13-13, 3-10.
Next game: Greenville at Sherman, Tuesday.
By Steve Shwarts
Jam the Gym night turned out to be just what the Greenville Lions needed as they rolled to a 78-61 District 13-4A victory over the Denison Yellow Jackets on Friday at the Lions Den.
Greenville is now 15-15 for the season and 4-7 in district, while Denison falls to 7-21 and 1-10.
Greenville started the game on a 6-0 run as Collen Wilburn and Dartannon Wilson scored baskets.
Wilson fired in 23 points to lead the Lions, while Jerry Dickeson pumped in 11.
McShane Wyatt got Denison on the board with 5:50 left in the first quarter with a layup.
Greenville led by three after one quarter.
Greenville would grab its biggest lead of the first half 24-13 on two Wilson free throws with 5:50 left before halftime.
The Lions led 33-23 at halftime.
“A very big win for us,” said Greenville head coach Marcus Smith. “This allows us to still be in the playoff hunt. We got two big road games next week. All I ask my team to do is to play for each other and play together.”
McShane Wyatt, who hit five 3-pointers, fired in 25 points for Denison, while Josh Henry added 11.
Greenville travels to Sherman on Tuesday to take on the Bearcats with the varsity game at 8 p.m.
District 13-4A boys
Denison 13 10 17 21 —61
Greenville 16 17 23 22 —78
D: Josh Henry 11, Clifton Hines 4, Jaleel Dade 4, Will Parker 8, Keondrick Golston 9, McShane Wyatt 25.
G: Collen Wilburn 8, Jason Thomas 1, Marquis Taylor 8, Jamar Clark 2, Darion Neal 8, Dartannon Wilson 23, Justin Wade 4, Lorenzo Smith 2, Chris Bazor 3, Brady Mulkey 6, Jerry Dickeson 11, John Franklin 2.
Record: D 7-21, 1-10; G 15-15, 4-7.
Next game: Greenville at Sherman, 8 p.m. Tuesday
Junior varsity boys
Denison 11 4 9 11 —35
Greenville 17 19 22 27 —85
D: Mitchell 10, McBride 11.
G: Brandon Forbes 25, D’erren Wilson 24, Javonte Mitchell 8, Thomas Pitts 8.