The Lucas Lovejoy Lady Leopards edged Greenville 45-43 on Friday night at the Lions Den in the Lady Lions’ District 13-4A home opener.
Shani Rainey fired in 14 points for Lovejoy, while Samantha Odom banked in eight.
Elizabeth Rutherford banked in 14 for Greenville, including three 3-point baskets, while Mackenzie Cooper and Maddy Crabtree added nine. Arian Alford tallied eight for the Lady Lions.
Crabtree also finished with five steals, six rebounds and seven assists.
Cooper led Greenville in rebounds with eight and handed out two assists.
Alford also finished with two assists.
Lovejoy outscored the Lady Lions 19-10 in the first quarter, then 10-9 in the second to grab a 29-19 halftime lead.
Greenville had a strong third quarter, outscoring the Lady Leopards 18-10 to get within 39-37 after three quarters.
The two teams each scored six apiece in the fourth, giving the Lady Leopards the two-point win.
Lucas Lovejoy is now 6-10 overall and 2-0 in district while Greenville is now 10-6 and 0-2.
Greenville travels to Wylie Tuesday to take on the Lady Pirates.
“Overall our team fought hard,” said Greenville coach Lesa Darst. “There were a few possessions that we didn’t capitalize on, which resulted in Lovejoy getting the advantage. We’re going to study our film and get ready for Tuesday.”
District 13-4A girls
Lucas Lovejoy 19 10 10 6 —45
Greenville 10 9 18 6 —43
LL: Paige Eberhart 3, Shani Rainey 14, Samantha Odom 8, Stefanie Lewerent 6, Cassie Conarty 3, Annie Lenoir 5, Sarah Langs 2.
G: Arian Alford 8, Maddy Crabtree 9, Mackenzie Cooper 9, Elizabeth Rutherford 14, Savannah Himes 3.
Record: LL 6-10, 2-0; G 10-6, 0-2.
Next game: Greenville at Wylie, Tuesday.
Junior varsity girls
Lucas Lovejoy 9 15 16 4 —44
Greenville 16 6 4 12 —38
LL: Morgan Almy 14, Rachel Willmann 12, Elyse Gaccione 12.
G: Cheyenne Pel 14, Reagan Jeffery 11, Jordan Sweat 11.
Wolfe City 31,
Celeste (girls) 29
WOLFE CITY — Michaela Burge hit a layup with about five seconds remaining to give the Wolfe City Lady Wolves a 31-29 District 15-A victory over Celeste on Friday.
The loss ended a 15-game winning streak for Celeste, which dropped to 16-2 for the season and 1-1 in district play.
Burge led the Lady Wolves with 12 points and Sarah Andrews chipped in 11.
Morgan Lewis topped Celeste with 10 points.
District 15-A girls
Celeste 6 5 6 12 —29
Wolfe City 6 13 4 8 —31
C: Morgan Lewis 10, Haley Trentham 8, Tiffany Crossland 7.
WC: Michaela Burge 12, Sarah Andrews 11, Miranda Watterson 2, Raven Armstrong 2, Vanessa Medina 2, Cheyanne Lake 2.
Record: C 16-2, 1-1; WC 1-1.
Next game: Cumby at Celeste, Tuesday; Wolfe City at Boles, Tuesday.