Tigers ends regular season at Opp, Highland Home

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 12, 2000

The Greenville High Tigers went 1-2 collectively in its last two games of the regular season.

The varsity boys' team split matchups with Opp and Highland Home in back-to-back contests on Feb. 7 and 8. Jerome Antone's varsity girls' team dropped a 41-32 decision to the Opp Bobcats.

In the boys' game at Opp on Feb. 7, the Tigers hit the courts running and won 68-42.

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Karl Bledsoe said the team played well.

"This was a good win for us on the road.

Our two seniors had big nights shooting the ball," Bledsoe said.

Senior Antonio Owens led all scorers with 16 points and senior Jerome Harris scored 13 hitting three long range three-pointers in the first half to give the Tigers a big 25-9 lead.

GHS continued to pour it on throughout the game as they extended the 16 point lead to 24 by the night's end.

Marlon Powell added 12 and Jeremiah McConico scored eight.

"I'm glad to see our seniors step up this time of the year," he said.

The next night, GHS suffered a five point loss to Highland Home. The 80-75 loss dropped the Tiger's record to 10-13 as the regular season ended.

The Tigers led by 13 at the end of the first and 12 at the end of the third only to have the Flying Squadron end the game with a victorious 25-17 run.

"Highland Home has three very good shooters.

We didn't get the job done defending them tonight," Bledsoe said. "We didn't switch and rotate defensively and they just didn't miss."

He said the loss may have been a wake-up call for the team before today's area tournament game against Monroe County at Wilcox-Central at 6 p.m.

In the loss, Owens and Joshua Smith scored 16.

Corey Bedgood scored 15 while McConico added 14 in the losing effort.

"We have

the ability to beat Monroe County. We just have to step up and do it," Bledsoe said.

The girls lost a nine point decision to Opp on Feb. 7.

The Lady Tigers fell victim to an 18-2 Opp run at the beginning of the game en route to the loss.

Jerome Antone said the team struggled at times but still continues to improve.

"I'm proud of them because they work hard and play together," Antone said. "As long as they are improving, the team will fare well in the long run."

Saronda Hawkins scored 16 points and recorded nine rebounds in the game.

"Saronda played a good game but

we fell short," the coach said.

Antone said the team will improve next season.

"With some of the JV players coming up to varsity, our team will be better," he said.