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Game 23: Jeff Nips Rebs In Overtime

Published: 12/28/2018 Last updated: 1:38 PM, 12/29/2018
 

Author: Wayne Phillips
Source: The Greeneville Sun

 

JEFF STOPS REBS IN OVERTIME

Jefferson County made the finals of the Ladies' Classic for the first time, edging South Greene in a 76-73 overtime thriller in the first semifinal game Friday night.

Down by nine points with 3:45 left in regulation, South Greene staged a furious rally in the closing minute, culminated by a clutch 3-pointer from the corner by Ashlyn Reaves that knotted the score at 63-63 as the horn sounded ending regulation.

The lead see-sawed in overtime, with the Rebs getting the lead at 73-72 with 28 seconds left on two free throws by Jayden Merriweather. Cayla Smith hit a shot for the Pats with 11 seconds left to put Jeff back up by one at 74-73.

With the Rebels’ Braelyn Wykle in control of the ball, she drove the lane and put up a shot that rolled in, but she was called for an offensive foul, nullifying the go-ahead basket with 4.9 seconds to go. Jeff’s Makayla Alvey was immediately fouled on the inbound and made both free throws to up the lead to 76-73 and decide the outcome.

Jefferson (12-4) was led by Smith with 20 points, Alexa Gramann with 18, and Alvey and Madee Denton with 12 each.

South Greene, suffering their first loss after 11 wins to open the season, was led by a game-high 29 points from Wykle. TK Franklin had a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Reaves and Kiley Collins each scored 10.

The game was hotly contested from the start. South Greene’s largest lead was eight in the first quarter; Jeff’s largest was the nine-point fourth quarter spread.

SOUTH GREENE (73): Braelyn Wykle 9-18 9-9 29, Ashlyn Reaves 4-8 0-0 10, Kiley Collins 3-5 2-2 10, TK Franklin 8-10 3-11 19, Merriweather 0-3 4-4 4, Kells 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 1-2 1, Woods 0-1 0-0 0, Mullins 0-0 0-0 0, Bailey 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 24-47 19-28 73.

JEFFERSON COUNTY (76): Alexa Gramann 8-13 2-4 18, Makayla Alvey 3-9 6-6 12, Cayla Smith 7-13 0-0 20, Riley 4-7 0-1 8, Madee Denton 4-7 3-4 12, Z.Denton 0-0 0-0 0, Scales 0-1 0-0 0, Shumaker 0-0 0-0 0, K.Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, L.Johnson 1-1 1-1 3, McMahan 1-2 0-1 3. TOTALS: 28-53 12-17 76.

3-Point Goals:  SG—6 (Wykle 2, Reaves 2, Collins 2). JC—8 (Smith 6, M.Denton, McMahan).

Score by quarters:

South Greene                   17           10           11           25    10—73

Jefferson County             13           11           11           28    13—76

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