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Greensboro girls fall to Trinity


Greensboro’s Malesha Williams drives the ball to the basket in the first half against Trinity at the Class 3A Central Regional in Montgomery on Thursday. Greensboro lost, 55-47. (Photo by Robert Sutton)


MONTGOMERY | Malesha Williams and Elexis Evans missed significant minutes in the fourth quarter Thursday, and the Greensboro Lady Raiders missed a chance to advance in the Class 3A Central Regional.

Janie Hampton scored 24 points, and Trinity defeated Greensboro 55-47.

Evans, a 6-foot-1 center, left the game when she picked up her fourth foul with 5:02 left in the third quarter. She returned with about four minutes left.

Williams, a guard and the team’s leading scorer, had cramps in her legs and left with 6:39 remaining. She returned but cramped up again after she hit a jumper at the 3:15 mark. She came back with 37 seconds left and scored the last basket for Greensboro (21-8).

The score was tied at 37 at the start of the fourth quarter. Trinity took the lead for good at 40-39 on two free throws by Leeanne Phillips with 6:07 left. A basket by Evans cut the deficit to 42-41, but the Lady Wildcats (19-8) put together a 7-0 run. Claire Wilder nailed a 3-pointer, Phillips made two free throws and Hampton converted a turnover into a layup for a 49-41 lead.

"I didn’t know the cramps were coming," said Frances Dunn, who coached the Lady Raiders to the Class 3A runner-spot last season. "I’d say we just didn’t execute. We had a lot of standing around, looking, instead of being in position to play defense, rebound, blocking out. We just didn’t do any of those things that we’ve been working on all year."

Williams had 28 points, 11 rebounds and four steals in 29 minutes. Evans had 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in 27 minutes. JaShundra Hoskins, who scored four points, collected nine rebounds. Zania Wiggins dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds.

"I tried to get the others to step up," Dunn said. "When one’s down, it’s time for you to step up and play. That’s what we needed, just somebody to have the courage to step up and shoot or rebound or get the ball down the court or something that we didn’t have."