BTW drops Tigers to 0-4

Published 10:24 am Monday, November 28, 2011

Greenville High School junior guard Brian Smith drives past a Monroe County High School defender during the Tigers' 43-36 loss on Tuesday at the GHS Thanksgiving Tournament. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

Greenville High School head coach Richard Kelly knew the GHS Thanksgiving Tournament would be a test for his squad.

And while the Tigers didn’t exactly pass with flying colors, the first-year head coach isn’t ready to give his team a failing mark either.

“We are getting better and better every game,” Kelly said. “The effort is there, we just have to master the offense and control the boards. We are a young team who has got to fight through this adversity. We’re still in November, but you see progress, and I see a team that has the potential to get a lot better.”

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The Tigers (0-4) finished with three losses in the tournament, the last a 57-45 defeat at the hands of Booker T. Washington High School on Wednesday.

In the loss to the Eagles, senior forward Daryl Starks led the Tigers’ charge with 25 points and 8 rebounds.

“Right now Daryl is a substantial part of our offense,” Kelly said. “When finishes in the low post, he is hard to defend.”

Senior Jerome Cook added four points for Greenville in the loss.

Monroe County 43, Greenville 36

On Tuesday, a late Greenville rally fell short as the Tigers dropped a 43-36 decision to Monroe County High School.

With 1:43 to play in the contest, the Tigers trimmed Monroe County’s lead to just two points, but a bevy of turnovers and missed free throws down the stretch sunk Greenville’s hope of notching its first win of the season.

“When we learn to eliminate turnovers, that is when our offense will start clicking,” Kelly said.

Starks once again led the Greenville scoring attack. He finished with a game-high 26 points and also snagged 8 rebounds.

Junior Julius Lymon tallied four points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

Greenville will be back in action Tuesday when it travels to Troy to face Charles Henderson High School. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.