The Greenville Lady Lions are in first place in District 13-4A after a 47-42 district opening win on Tuesday over the Royse City Lady Bulldogs at the Lions Den.
Jordan Sweat fired in 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Lady Lions, while LaQuesha Williams and Britney Smith each tallied 12 points. Smith hit two big buckets in the final minute after Royse City closed to within 43-40 with 1:08 remaining. Smith also had five steals.
“LaQuesha Williams had a great defensive game with four steals, three assists and was six of seven from the free throw line,” said Greenville coach Lesa Darst. “Good to have Cortney Luna returning. Her leadership and experience are valuable for this team. Praise the team effort tonight.”
Jasmine Escobedo pumped in 12 for Royse City.
Greenville took control in the second quarter, outscoring Royse City 21-10 to build a 25-19 halftime lead after trailing 9-4 in the first quarter.
Greenville kept pace with Royse City in the second half to improve its season record to 4-9.
Royse City dropped to 4-8.
Savannah Himes finished with seven points and nine rebounds for the Lady Lions.
District 13-4A girls
Royse City 9 10 12 11 —42
Greenville 4 21 11 11 —47
RC: Yasmine Woodard 7, Morgan Sumrow 6, Sara Collins 2, Brooke Hays 2, Keri Collins 3, Alena Najera 2, Alexus Wanton 3, Jasmine Escobedo 12, Melanie Sumrow 4, Janai Williams 1.
G: LaQuesha Williams 12, Britney Smith 12, Reagan Jeffery 2, Jordan Sweat 13, Savannah Himes 7, Cortney Luna 1.
Records: RC 4-8, 0-1; G 4-9, 1-0.
Next game: Greenville at Lucas Lovejoy, Friday.
John Tyler 77,
TYLER — A late rally fell short for the Greenville Lions, who dropped a 77-70 decision to John Tyler on Tuesday night.
Greenville rallied from a 20-point deficit to trail by only point in the fourth quarter.
“In the fourth quarter we had a great comeback and were able to cut it to just one but we had a few turnovers in the end,” said Lions coach Marcus Smith. “But I’ve got to give it to our guys, we never quit. We never gave up.”
Jerry Dickeson led the Lions with 17 points, while Marlon Mack tossed in 15 and Collen Wilburn added 14.
Jordan Caldwell led John Tyler with 17 points.
Greenville 9 15 16 30 —70
John Tyler 19 13 16 19 —77
G: D’erren Wilson 1, Byron Redmon 6, Brady Mulkey 7, Justin Wade 8, Collen Wilburn 14, Marlon Mack 15, Jerry Dickeson 17.
JT: Jordan Caldwell 17, Keaunte Huron 15.
Record: G 5-3.
Next game: Greenville vs. Dallas Thunder, 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Princeton tournament.