Greer scores 51 points, grabs 21 rebounds in LaFayette win

Published 11:17 pm Tuesday, November 27, 2018

LaFAYETTE — It was a special night at LaFayette High School on Tuesday.

Bulldogs sophomore forward Feliah Greer scored a career-high 51 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in 2A LaFayette’s 65-55 win over 5A Booker T. Washington.

“I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a girl score that many points in a game, personally,” LaFayette girls head basketball coach Michael Bratcher said. “When she wants the ball, she has this way of finding it, and she’s just really good at that part.”

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Booker T. Washington began doubling Greer early in the game after the sophomore got off to a fast start near the top of the key. After each rebound, or every time she touched the ball, Greer surveyed the floor, and dissected each defense thrown at her as if the game could slow down before her very eyes.

In the second quarter, she began to develop a routine that would be repeated for the remainder of the night. Greer would either grab a rebound, or steal, go coast-to-coast finishing at the rim through the contact and the foul, giving herself an opportunity to complete a three-point play. Then she switched up the ways of scoring by spinning into an off-balanced shot, presumably to avoid a turnover, which rattled in the net as well. She finished the first half with 31 of LaFayette’s 35 points.

“My theory is that it doesn’t matter about the scorebook, it matters what the home team [score on the scoreboard] says,” Bratcher said. “If we have one girl that’s eating out there, feed her. Keep feeding her until it’s not there anymore. If she’s got the hot hand, keep giving it to her. We’ll ride those coattails, and be successful.”

Sophomore Ebony Williams was the second-leading scorer for the Bulldogs, with nine points in the victory.

In the second half, Greer was being double-teamed again, but this time on the block. If she powered her way through multiple defenders to put up a shot and missed, she grabbed her own rebound until she made a shot before running back on defense.

In the fourth quarter, Booker T. Washington brought the double-team on Greer near midcourt. She then split the double-team, and threw up a shot off the glass for her 44th point of the night. Greer left the game momentarily toward the end, but she checked back in one last time before the final buzzer went off.

Greer was given her first break at 4:23 in the third quarter. After a timeout on the floor, she checked back in at the scorer’s table at the 3:42 mark in the third quarter. The tasks that she carries on a game-to-game basis of playing for most of the night, playing the various roles of all positions at some point of the game, will be the case for a majority of the Bulldogs’ season. The team only has one senior, a junior, six sophomores and three freshmen. This season’s schedule for LaFayette features many 5A, 6A and 7A teams, including crosstown opponent, Valley, who the Bulldogs will play next on Thursday night at Valley High School.

Greer was named the 2017-18 All-Valley Girls Basketball Player of the Year as a freshman after averaging over 18 points and 18 rebounds a game. She was also honored being named to the All-State team last season.