It was senior night for the Greenwood boys, and it was their senior star, Nathan Carmichael, that made the difference against Everton by scoring 36 points in a seven-point home win.
The Greenwood offense was on fire in the first quarter with Carmichael sinking nine points and his brother, Austin Carmichael, putting up six from two 3-pointers.
“We knew that they were a quick team and that they were going to push it on the court. Our big thing was getting down the court as fast as we could on defense,” said Carmichael.
Everton fell behind considerably early in the first quarter, but came out to score 13 to Greenwood’s 19 with points at the quarter’s buzzer by junior Cody Brewer.
The Jays thoroughly dominated throughout the second quarter, however, keeping the Tiger’s offense on its heels, outscoring Everton 18-10 in the quarter to lead by 14 at halftime.
“Everton’s got three players averaging 20 points per game so the big thing was not to give them any shots,” said Greenwood head coach Darren Taylor. “We had a lot of success early by working our offense and getting the ball down low, but then [in the second-half] we had some unfortunate turnovers.”
The pace of the game changed in Everton’s favor, however, after halftime. Greenwood maintained its offensive pressure in the third quarter with 19 points, but the Tigers intensified their game with 26 points.
“The first-half was terrible; we didn’t show up to play and it was probably the worst half we had all year,” said Everton head coach Josh Shanks. “I started the night off by chewing them out… figuring that this might happen. I guess that didn’t work so I chewed them out more at halftime.”
The Tigers began utilizing quicker passes and Brewer, their leading scorer, took more drives to the inside scoring 10 points of his own in the third quarter.
Everton never quite caught up to Greenwood, though. The Tigers came to within two points of the lead in the third quarter, but Nathan Carmichael and Riley Keith answered back with a couple of layups that reestablished Greenwood’s control of the game.
Starting the fourth quarter behind 56-49, Everton tried again to overtake Greenwood and again came within two points of the lead. The Tigers, however, fell behind again after giving 12 points worth of free throws away in the quarter.
Greenwood, despite the Tigers' challenges from the start of the second-half to the buzzer, took the win without losing their lead once during the game.
Greenwood 74, Everton 67
Greenwood—Nathan Carmichael 36, Riley Keith 23, Austin Carmichael 10, Caleb Morlan 1, Alan Shen 2, Adam Brock 2.
Everton—Cody Brewer 22, Logan Brown 19, Dave Allen 15, Bryce Turnbough 9, Tristan Vandergrift 2.