Battle of Butler County: Roundball style

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 27, 2007

The Battle of Butler County is back today, but this time it's on the basketball court.

The Greenville Tigers basketball teams will host the Georgiana Panthers today at 5 p.m. in a special homecoming match up. This will be the third such homecoming game for the Tigers.

&#8220We're looking forward to it,” Greenville varsity head coach Victor Smith said. &#8220The Kids are real excited about (the game).”

The Tigers held a pep rally Friday morning and after returning from Demopolis Friday night, the Tigers will glad to be back home where they have reeled off three consecutive wins.

Although the Tigers' confidence is up and they have convincing win streak over the Panthers, they know to be weary of Georgiana.

&#8220Coach (Jerome) Harris has done a good job,” Smith said, &#8220but we just have to keep working on us, keep working on Greenville and keep that momentum we have rolling.”

Now that Wilcox has already clinched the area, Smith is hoping emotional games like Demopolis and Georgiana will toughen his team up for the area tournament ahead.

In fact, the first Demopolis game two weeks ago, in which Greenville lost on a Demopolis shot with 0.4 seconds remaining, was a turning point for the Tigers.

&#8220Since then, our guys have gotten themselves together,” Smith said.

Georgiana has also had a hot streak recently, beating Red Level, Florala and Highland Home in consecutive weeks.

With two in-county rival teams peaking at the right time, Smith is hoping Saturday's environment will be close to that of a college atmosphere.

&#8220I would love to see it sell out,” Smith said.

Games get underway at 5 p.m. with the B-team, followed by the girls and then the varsity.

In previous games:

Greenville 84, Bullock Co. 73

The Greenville Tigers broke open an 18-18 first period tie Tuesday night to take a 12-point halftime lead and never looked back as they cruised to victory over the Bullock County Hornets, 84-73.

Three players scored in double digits, led by Edward Searight with 19 points. Andres Gentry and Tyus Robinson were next with 16 points apiece, followed by Michael Peagler and Darel Carter with nine points apiece.

Wilshad Smith had five points and James Daniels and D.J. Carter each had four points in the win.

For the Hornets, Courtney Mack was the leading scorer with 19 points while teammate Cedric Peagler finished with 17 points in the loss.

Greenville 83, Chas. Henderson 77

Although the Greenville Tigers trailed by 11 points at the end of the first period January 20, they fought back to take the lead at the half and held on for the win over the Charles Henderson Trojans, 83-77.

Edward Searight paced the Tigers with a team-high 19 points, followed by Andres Gentry with 17 points and Darel Carter with 13 points.

Casey Weston was next for Greenville with nine points and Michael Peagler finished with eight points. Tyus Robinson ended the night with five points, James Daniels had three and Wilshad Smith and D.J. Carter each had two in the win.

For the Trojans, D. Degertte had a team-high 19 points and D. Russaw had 10 points.

Greenville 70, Hillcrest-Evergreen 47

All 10 Greenville players score January 19 as the Tigers took the easy win over the Hillcrest-Evergreen Jaguars, 70-47.

Four players scored in double digits, led by Andres Gentry with a game-high 13 points.

Wilshad Smith had 11 points and Michael Peagler and James Daniels each had 10 in the win.