Collen Wilburn fired in 25 points to lead the Greenville Lions to a District 13-4A opening win 60-53 over the Wylie Pirates Tuesday night at the Lions Den.
Byron Redman tallied nine for Greenville, which won for the ninth time this season against five losses.
Myron Varmall fired in 22 for Wylie, which is now 1-7 for the season and 0-1 in District 13-4A.
Travonta Maddox pumped in 15 for the Pirates.
“Great game tonight,” said Greenville coach Marcus Smith. “Great way to start off district. We played tough defense. Throughout the game we made pretty good decisions on offense. I have fighters on my team. I teach my guys to protect our house.”
Greenville will host Wylie East on Friday at the Lions Den with the varsity game at 8 p.m.
This game with Wylie was close throughout as Greenville ended the opening quarter with a 16-14 advantage.
Wylie, however, outscored the Lions 12-11 to get within 27-26 at halftime.
Greenville outscored Wylie 16-12 in the third quarter as Brady Mulkey and Marlon Mack hit 3-point baskets for the Lions.
Then in the fourth quarter Greenville outscored Wylie 17-15 as Jerry Dickeson nailed a 3-point basket and Brady Mulkey hit some free throws and Collen Wilburn and Justin Wade hit some key shots.
District 13-4A boys
Wylie 14 12 12 15 —53
Greenville 16 11 16 17 —60
W: David Strickland 4, Travonta Maddox 15, Myron Varmall 22, Kameron Kelly 6, K.T. Cox 2, Bradley Marquez 2, Michael Johnson 2.
G: Collen Wilburn 25, Byron Redman 9, John Franklin 3, Marlon Mack 6, Justin Wade 4, Brady Mulkey 7, Jerry Dickeson 6.
Record: W 1-7, 0-1. G 9-5, 1-0.
Next game: Wylie East at Greenville, 8 p.m. Friday.
Wylie (girls) 67,
Wylie’s Lady Pirates jumped out to a 13-2 lead and never looked back in a 67-26 District 13-4A victory over the Greenville Lady Lions in the Lions Den on Tuesday.
Wylie’s press on defense caused the Lady Lions fits as Greenville went into halftime trailing 38-8.
“First they created turnovers,” said Lady Lions coach Lesa Darst. “They beat us on putbacks.”
The Lady Lions got beaten on the boards as their top rebounder only had four rebounds for the game.
LaQuesha Williams led the Lady Lions in points with nine. Britney Smith, Jordan Sweat and Savannah Himes all finished with four points.
Kennedi Foreman paced Wylie with 19 points, while Kako Cox tossed in 13 and Markia Tate added 10.
Wylie claimed its first district win in three tries.
The Lady Lions dropped to 4-11 for the season and 1-2 in district play.
Greenville plays again at home on Friday against Wylie East before taking a break for the holidays.
District 13-4A girls
Wylie 22 16 13 16 —67
Greenville 4 4 12 6 —26
W: Kennedi Foreman 19, Lauren Stallworth 8, Markia Tate 10, Felicia Boyelio 2, Kako Cox 13, Redete Bezebeh 3, Brooklyn Moore 8, Mikala Millbrook 4.
G: LaQuesha Williams 9, Britney Smith 4, Ruby Pena 3, Reagan Jeffery 2, Jordan Sweat 4, Savannah Himes 4.
Record: G 4-11, 1-2; W 1-2.
Next game: Wylie East at Greenville, Friday.