The Quitman Lady Bulldogs and Nemo Vista Red Hawks took home championships in the 19th annual Greers Ferry Lake Classic at West Side High School this past Thursday afternoon after Quitman defeated the Mt. Vernon-Enola Lady Warhawks 62-30 and Nemo Vista prevailed over the Concord Pirates 57-46.
Quitman 62, Mt. Vernon Enola 30
Fueled by seven first-half 3-pointers from six different players, the second-seeded Quitman Lady Bulldogs demolished the top-seeded Mt. Vernon-Enola Lady Warhawks 62-30 in the championship game of the Greers Ferry Lake Classic this past Thursday afternoon.
After a slow first quarter start from both teams, Quitman put together a 30-10 run in the second session of play as seniors Maggie Webb and Lou Garza, as well as sophomore Nicki Hooten, combined to rip the net for four 3-pointers to take a 38-16 lead into the locker room.
The Lady Bulldogs would continue their onslaught in the second half, bringing the mercy rule into effect after a jumper from Webb pushed the lead out to 59-28 with 4:25 left to play in the final quarter as MVE struggled to get anything going, managing six field goals and six free throws in sixteen minutes.
The win secures a clean sweep of the GFLC titles for Quitman girls basketball, as the Jr. Lady Bulldogs outlasted MVE in overtime earlier this month at Nemo Vista.
The victory also gives Quitman a 13-2 overall record, as both junior Savannah Henry and Hooten scored 11 points each, with Garza adding 9.
Nemo Vista 57, Concord 46
The Nemo Vista Red Hawks completed their underdog quest to the GFLC title Thursday afternoon after defeating Concord 57-46 in the finals, overcoming the fourth-seeded Rose Bud Ramblers and top-seeded Shirley Blue Devils along the way.
Concord used 3-pointers from senior Mason McDonald and junior Ryan Brock to get out to a 11-4 lead, but Nemo Vista senior forward Justin Brown went on a personal 8-0 run of his own to put the Red Hawks back on top in the second quarter.
Following two free throws from Concord junior guard Hunter Hartwick and a driving finish from senior guard Jacob Webb later in the quarter, Nemo Vista drained back-to-back trifectas to push their lead to 23-18 going into the intermission.
A fourth quarter layup from sophomore guard Ethan Elkins gave the Red Hawks their largest lead of the game at 41-29, but the Pirates struck back with a 12-5 run, as junior forward Riley Cornett and Brock converted on and-one opportunities, and Brock and junior guard Brooks Benton both connected from beyond the arc to cut the lead to 46-41.
Nemo Vista used finishes at the rim and free throws from senior forward Seth Long and junior guard Ethan Hill to ice the game and give the Red Hawks their second title in three years, defeating Mt. Vernon-Enola in 2014 as well.
The Red Hawks, who won the title from the fifth seed and improved to 12-10, were led by Brown’s 21 points, followed by 12 from Hill, with Long finishing with 9. Third-seeded Concord, who drop to 13-8, was led by Brock’s game-high 26 points.