GREENBRIER – Separated by just a few miles, Greenbrier and Guy-Perkins rarely meet on a basketball court.
When the teams got together Thursday in the First Security Bank Battle at the Brier Classic, Greenbrier made sure it grabbed the upper hand in both boys and girls games. Greenbrier boys won by 67-57, and the Greenbrier girls dominated by 73-35.
The Greenbrier boys made extensive use of 3-point baskets to turn back the Thunderbirds from Guy. Greenbrier sank five 3-pointers in the second quarter to edge in front by 31-29 at the half. Tyler Simmons, Dustin Sims and Justin Sims all had 3-pointers for the Panthers. Guy stayed close with some 3s from Tim Campbell and Samuel Gonzalez.
The Sims brothers rallied Greenbrier in the third quarter after The Thunderbirds had gone in front briefly on a Gonzalez 3-pointer. Greenbrier scored six straight baskets to take a 42-32 advantage, and this margin held the rest of the game, despite more Guy 3-point shots from Campbell and Trey Owens.
Simmons, a senior in his first year with the Panthers, led all scorers with 13 points for the night. Justin Sims had 9, Jordan Wilcox 9 and Dustin Sims 6. For the Thunderbirds, Campbell and Gonzales each scored 11, Owens had 8 and Jimmy Miller had 6.
GIRLS Searcy 73 Guy-Perkins 53
Searcy’s girls had too much height and firepower for the Lady Thunderbirds of Guy-Perkins and rolled to a 73-53 win Friday.
The Lady Lions’ post player, 6-5 senior Angelina Williams, was destructive to Guy, putting in 29 points and pulling down a passel of rebounds. She had help from teammates to boot. Keke Broadway followed Williams with 15 points for Searcy. Broadway is just a sophomore.
Guy hung within reach most of the game, making use of 3-point baskets. The Lady T-birds racked 11 3-pointers by eight different players.
Searcy held leads of 22-13 at the close of the first quarter, 38-28 at halftime and 52-36 at the end of the third quarter.
In the late girls’ game, Vilonia defeated Greenbrier 38-32.
Boys Searcy 57 Guy-Perkins 53
Searcy’s boys had too many weapons, too much depth for Guy-Perkins’ boys and took a 57-53 victory.
After several exchanges of the lead, Searcy went up for good in the first quarter on back-to-back baskets by Jeremiah Clifton. At the end of the first period, the Lions were ahead by 22-15, and at the half they were up by 33-26.
Midway of the third quarter, Searcy widened the gap to 17 points, but Guy fought back with 3-pointers by Tim Campbell, by Cole Dixon and again by Dixon, around a 2-point goal by Campbell. Searcy’s James Wade racked a goal from near mid-court at the buzzer ending the third period, and Searcy was up, 54-42.
Emaje Young, a senior veteran, led Searcy with 21 points, Wade added 13.
For Guy, Dixon scored 21, Campbell 9 and Samuel Gonzalez 9.
In the late boys’ game, Vilonia prevailed against Greenbrier, 62-56
1 p.m., Girls, Vilonia vs Guy-Perkins.
2:30 p.m., Boys, Vilonia vs Guy-Perkins.
4 p.m., Girls, Greenbrier vs Searcy.
5:30 p.m., Boys, Greenbrier vs Searcy.
Champions of Battle at the Brier will be the boys and girls teams with the best records in the round-robin play.