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STATE CHAMPS Greeneville Greene Devils Make Run To First Boys Basketball State Title In School History

A Commemorative Issue Of The Greeneville Sun Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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A Note From Coach Woolsey Fellas, It’s hard to know where to begin. The last year of our lives has been quite a story. I am reminded of a passage from Ecclesiastes 3 that says There is a ime for everything, and a season for every acivity under the heavens: 2 a ime to be born and a ime to die, a ime to plant and a ime to uproot, 3 a ime to kill and a ime to heal, a ime to tear down and a ime to build, 4 a ime to weep and a ime to laugh, a ime to mourn and a ime to dance, 5 a ime to scater stones and a ime to gather them, a ime to embrace and a ime to refrain from embracing, 6 a ime to search and a ime to give up, a ime to keep and a ime to throw away, 7 a ime to tear and a ime to mend, a ime to be silent and a ime to speak, 8 a ime to love and a ime to hate, a ime for war and a ime for peace. I have always thought of this passage as being representaive of a decade or even a lifeime. Litle did we know all that would occur in the span of a year. It pains me to think of what you guys and our community as a whole experienced in the last twelve months. Disease and death. Loss and loneliness. Anger and anxiety. These are all normal parts of life but each have been acutely felt over a short period because of the pandemic and the general climate of our naion and world. This has not been a year hoped for. In light of this, I just want to say thank you.

Thank you for working together in unity for a common goal. Thank you for loving each other and me when there were imes that it was not very easy. Thank you for thinking of others more and yourself less. Thank you for working hard to demonstrate excellence. Thank you for believing when things looked doubful. Thank you for sharing joy through the way you prepared and played the game. Finally, remember the things that got you where you wanted to be. Efort. Every moment maters. Give all that you have. Execution. Be where you’re supposed to be, doing what you are supposed to be doing, the way you should be doing it. Much of life’s success depends on the posiion you put yourself in. Enthusiasm. Be passionate about whatever you do. Put your heart into it when needed. Ego. Be about something bigger than yourself. Make decisions based on how they affect those you care about and not about how you feel.

Love Always, Coach Woolsey


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URFREESBORO — It was the biggest shot anyone in a Greeneville jersey has ever let fly. With the game slipping away and 12 seconds left on the clock, Reid Satterfield fired a pass to the left corner. Connor DeBusk, standing open in front of the Devils’ bench, launched without hesitation and gave Greeneville its first boys basketball state championship with a 47-46 win over over Jackson South Side in the Class 2A tournament final. “It’s something every little kid dreams of, to hit that final shot. This feels amazing,” DeBusk said after the game. “I had confidence it was going in, and when it went through the net it was like a burst of energy came out of me. It was so exciting. “Last year when COVID canceled the tournament, SEE CHAMPS ON PAGE 5


Greeneville’s Connor DeBusk (center) raises the Class 2A state championship trophy on March 20 after the Greene Devils beat Jackson South Side 47-46 for the program’s first state championship.

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we made the decision that we are coming back and we are going to win this thing. That’s what we did. It’s great to do it with these guys, and I hope they do it again next year.” DeBusk, a senior, has grown up watching Greeneville basketball. His dad, Doug, was a standout for the Greene Devils, as was his older brother Dylan. His uncle, Frankie, played on the Devils’ 1986-87 state semifinal team, what many believe to be Greeneville’s best team. With the final shot of his high school career, Connor ended that debate as the 2020-21 Devils became the first team to bring a gold ball back to Greeneville. “I’m still trying wrap my head around it,” DeBusk said. “Me and uncle Frankie have gone back and forth on who has the better team. But it really feels special to bring this program its first state championship.” Saturday’s game did not end with DeBusk’s shot. Down 47-45, the Hawks hurried to the other end of the floor where Brandon Maclin drew contact with


Greeneville’s Connor DeBusk takes what proved to be the game-winning shot on March 20 against Jackson South Side in the Class 2A state championship game.

four seconds remaining. He missed the first charity shot, sinking South Side’s hopes at a tie. Free-throw shooting doomed the Hawks on Saturday as they went 10-of-17 at the stripe.

After Maclin made the second free throw, the Hawks quickly fouled Jakobi Gillespie receiving the inbounds pass with 3.4 seconds left. Gillespie missed the front end of his one-and-one attempt, but the Hawks did not

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react, seemingly stunned the tournament MVP’s shot was not pure. Gillespie grabbed his own rebound and ran out the clock for the win. “I knew the shot was o , and I knew I had to follow it,” Gillespie said. “I thought


they would foul me again, but it was over. It just felt great.” It was a tale of two halves on Saturday. In the first half, Greeneville was clicking and taking the attack to South Side on the way to a 30-15 lead at intermission. In the second half, South Side turned up the pressure and Greeneville had to hold on. “At halftime, we talked about being ready for the pressure,” Greeneville coach Brad Woolsey said. “I told the guys that they were coming. They sure did come for us. They amped up the pressure, and we didn’t handle it very well to be honest. But these guys are even keeled and they believe, and that is nice as a coach.” That pressure came quick. Two forced turnovers in the first 40 seconds led to two quick layups and a timeout from Woolsey. South Side scored the first eight points of the third quarter to close the gap to 30-23 with 5:38 to play. The Hawks kept closing the gap and after Micheal Ward went the length of the floor on a fast break Greeneville’s lead was cut to 32-29. With 3 minutes left in the third quarter, Gillespie drove the lane for Greeneville’s first

field goal of the second half. A powerful driving layup by Jailen Anderson made it 34-33. A 3-pointer by Satterfield with 45 seconds left in the period gave Greeneville some breathing room at 39-33 and the teams went to the fourth quarter with the Devils leading 39-34. South Side took the lead for the first time at 42-41 when Bryson Baker got out in front of the defense for a layup with 4:24 left. That lead did not last long. On the trip the other way, Gillespie took a feed from the block from Terry Grove and sank a triple from the right wing that put Greeneville back in front at 44-42. With 1:38 left, Maclin muscled in two points from the paint to tie things 44-44. And with 1:12 left, he gave the Hawks the lead again at 45-44 by making one at the foul line. Up next was DeBusk’s game-clinching triple. It was the only 3-pointer the senior point guard made all tournament. “Connor has the same mentality year round,” Woolsey said. “Whether it’s the weight room, open gym or a SEE CHAMPS ON PAGE 6

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quarter, Satterfield was fouled on a 3-pointer and CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 made good on all 3 free tosses to give Greeneville a 10-3 game, his e ort and execuadvantage. tion is always there. It’s crazy Satterfield finished the first to me that he hit the shot. He quarter by putting a double was the guy and he knocked move on his defender before it down. For me to see all of hitting from behind the arc the work come together and for a 15-7 Devils’ lead. for him to step up on the Five points early in the biggest stage, in the biggest second quarter by Gillespie game is unreal.” pushed Greeneville’s lead to The day started with 22-11. Greeneville scoring the first With 54 seconds left in five points as Satterfield got the second, Satterfield made to the rim before Gillespie hit two at the free-throw line to deep from the corner after he make 28-13. and DeBusk got in front of Gillespie then finished the the Hawks’ defense. first half by coming around a With 3:23 left in the first screen by Avery Collins and

darting down the lane before rolling the ball o his finger tips and in just before the buzzer sounded for a 30-15 Greene Devils’ advantage. Satterfield led Greeneville with 19 points while going 11for-12 at the free-throw line. Gillespie put in 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. DeBusk finished with seven points, 3 assists and 3 steals. All 3 were named to the Class 2A State Tournament All-Tournament Team as the Devils wrapped up a 32-6 season. South Side was led by Maclin with 18 points while Anderson scored 11. South Side finished with


a 26-2 record. The Hawks were ranked No. 1 in the state coming into the game. After Saturday’s championship game, Toris Woods of Bolivar Central was named

Class 2A’s Mr. Basketball. Gillespie and Trey Morrow of Scott County were the other finalist. Grant Strong of Clay County won the award in Class A

and Mason Miller of Houston won for Class 3A. North Greene’s Chriss Schultz was named to the Class A State Tournament All-Tournament team.

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Greeneville’s Reid Satterfield (5) shoots a 3-pointer as Jackson South Side’s Jeremiah Smith defends.


Greeneville’s Terry Grove (23) goes up to block the shot of Jackson South Side’s Cam’ron Anderson.


Greeneville’s Jakobi Gillespie (3) directs the offense during the Class 2A state championship game.


Greeneville’s Avery Collins (34) and Jackson South Side’s Cam’ron Anderson (22) battle for a rebound.


Greeneville coaches Josh Bennett (left), Nathan Hale (center) and Brad Woolsey (right) react to a made shot during the Class 2A state championship game.

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The Greeneville student section cheers on its team during the Class 2A state championship game.


Greeneville’s Adjatay Dabbs (4) brings the ball up the floor behind Reid Satterfield (5) and Jackson South Side’s Brandon Maclin (11).


Greeneville assistant coach Josh Bennett (right) hugs Trey Mayes after Greeneville’s 47-46 state championship win over Jackson South Side.


Greeneville’s Connor DeBusk (2) raises the state championship trophy to the crowd as Trey Mayes stands by his side.

Greeneville’s Jakobi Gillespie (3), Reid Satterfield (second from left), Adjatay Dabbs (second from right) and Avery Collins get excited as the final horn sounds in the Class 2A state championship game.

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Woolsey Leads Devils To Title Of Champions By Example


n the other end of the phone is either Brad Woolsey, who coached the Greeneville Greene Devils to their first basketball state championship on Saturday, or a guy who just finished a crossword puzzle. The voice is so devoid of excitement, it’s tough to tell. But that’s Woolsey. Never too high, SAM BUNDY never too low. Just cool, calm and collected. If the building was on fire, he’d be the one directing folks to the emergency exit in an orderly fashion. “That comes from my family, my parents. They’re pretty evenkeeled people. My mom says I have my dad’s nature,” Woolsey said. “Some of that goes back to my faith, too. Just believing in God’s providence in all things and whatever happens just knowing that it goes through His hands.” Utilizing a narrow range of emotions, Woolsey is a master at cultivating trust and unity. In his program, the player who scores 20 points in a game is given no higher regard than the bus driver who hauls him to the gym. And this season, the Greene Devils played as one to reach a common goal. Proof of that could be found in the final seconds of Saturday’s 47-46 championship win over Jackson South Side. Leading scorers Jakobi Gillespie and Reid Satterfield made two


Greeneville coach Brad Woolsey (right) hugs senior Trey Mayes after a 4741 win over Upperman in the Class 2A state tournament.

passes around the perimeter to Connor DeBusk, who was open in the left corner for a game-winning 3-pointer via a seal on the block by Terry Grove. DeBusk hadn’t hit a 3 the entire tournament, but Gillespie and Satterfield zipped the ball to him as if he’d hit a hundred. And DeBusk drained it as if it was No. 101. Trust. Unity. Gold ball. “That shot couldn’t have been any more representative of what this team was about all season,” Woolsey said. “They were unselfish enough to find the open guy. It couldn’t have been a better ending.” Saturday was Greeneville’s third nail-biter in three games at the state tournament. There was also a 61-58 win over Bolivar Central

in Wednesday’s quarterfinals and a 47-41 win over Upperman in Friday’s semifinals. That kind of pressure can crumble 16-18-year-olds like a house of cards. But with Woolsey’s steady presence, the Greene Devils thrived. “In one of the post-game press conferences, Coach Woolsey said, ‘I never really have to calm them down. I might have to focus them, but I don’t have to calm them down,’” said Greeneville senior Avery Collins. “In my opinion, Coach Woolsey is the reason for that. The way he is, it’s calming for the players. He’s just very poised.” Winning state championships is nothing new in Greeneville, of course. Since 2010, the Greene Devils have also won state titles

in football, baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, wrestling, boys and girls track and field, boys and girls cross country and multiple titles in individual sports. Woolsey, who was promoted from assistant coach to coach of the basketball team in 2010 and was named athletic director in 2014, has celebrated all those championships and now has one of his own. Early Sunday morning, the basketball team’s bus was escorted from Exit 23 on I-81 back into town by a convoy of fans with police blue lights leading the way. “I had always heard people talk about stu like this being surreal, and this has very much been surreal,” Woolsey said. “To get to the exit and see all the support there at 12:30 at night was very, very special. I love this town. I love the people here. “On Saturday morning before the championship game, I had a lot of people on my mind who had strived to get to this point but never did. Coach (Herb) Hawkes, who I played for, and Coach (Bill) Duncan, who I coached under. Fans who aren’t with us anymore like Sonny Marsh, who loved Greeneville basketball so much. I just wish he could have been here to see this.” Woolsey’s ties to Greeneville and Greene County run deep with his family’s name in the area dating back 200-plus years. Woolsey played basketball for Greeneville, graduated in 1996 and played basketball at Carson-Newman University where he met his wife, Melissa, who also played basketball at the school. After college, Woolsey never really had thoughts of being anywhere other than Greeneville and returned as an assistant coach on the basketball team in 2001.

“When I was a senior in high school, I think it was the National Honor Society ceremony, they had you come up on stage in the old auditorium and you kind of told what you wanted to do in life,” Woolsey said. “I remember at 18 years old saying, ‘I want to teach. I want to come back here and coach.’ “When I left Carson-Newman, Greeneville just happened to have a science position available and just happened to have an assistant coaching job for basketball available. I felt like God had opened those doors for me to walk through and we walked through them.” In his 11 seasons as Greeneville’s coach, Woolsey has compiled a 231-123 record. He also led the Greene Devils to the state tournament in 2014 when they reached the semifinals and in 2020 before the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Randy Richards, Greeneville’s athletic director when Woolsey was promoted to coach, hasn’t been surprised by Woolsey’s success with the program. “Everything Brad does, whether he’s in the classroom, coaching or living his personal life, he’s just always had outstanding character and has been a role model for kids,” Richards said. “When you’re talking about high school players, it’s natural for them to be up and down emotionally. One of the biggest characteristics you look for in any coach is somebody who can be a rock for them, a constant. Brad provides that for them and they respond to him.” On Saturday in Murfreesboro, that was on full display. Sam Bundy is the Sports Editor at The Greeneville Sun. E-mail him at sam.bundy@greenevillesun.com


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Gillespie Named Mr. Basketball Finalist BY SAM BUNDY SPORTS EDITOR If Greeneville’s Jakobi Gillespie being named a finalist for Mr. Basketball in Class 2A this season was somewhat shocking, that’s understandable. After all, Gillespie was just the second Greene Devil in the 37-year history of the award to be named a finalist. Antwaine Wiggins, a Class 3A finalist in 2007, is the other. As for Gillespie, though, he wasn’t surprised in the least. “I know what kind of player I am. It’s just that everybody else is finding out,” Gillespie said when finalists were announced in February. “I’ve put in the work and it’s paying o .” If that seems like Gillespie was being cocky, he really wasn’t. He was just being matter of fact. At Greeneville’s shootaround prior to a 76-58 win over Farragut at home on Feb. 11, Greene Devils’ coach Brad Woolsey said Gillespie was probably the least hyped about the Mr. Basketball honor. And, oh by the way, once the game started, Gillespie went about his business like it was just any other night. He knocked down 10 of 13 shots, including three of four from 3-point range, for a game-high 23 points as Greeneville ran its record to 21-6. “You can coach a kid who has a lot of skill and ability and you can be miserable as a coach when their attiSUN PHOTO BY TATE RUSSELL


Greeneville’s Jakobi Gillespie dunks against Grainger in the District 2-2A championship game on Feb. 23 at Hal Henard Gymnasium in Greeneville.

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tude is poor and they don’t care about other people,” Woolsey said. “With Jakobi, it’s just not that way at all. He takes coaching. He cares about his teammates. “The fact that he is so skilled and can do things the way he does, and the type of person that he is just makes him so deserving (of being a finalist).” There was no denying Gillespie was a star on a Greeneville squad dripping with talent, but he wasn’t the first to arrive on the scene. While the 6-foot-1 junior guard dressed his freshman season, he didn’t get a lot of playing time while fellow junior Reid Satterfield blos-


Greeneville’s Jakobi Gillespie (right) with grandfather Allen Johnson following Greeneville’s basketball state championship win.

somed as a freshman. “I just took that as motivation,” Gillespie said. “I just started working harder and harder every day. I’m in the gym countless hours.” As a sophomore last season, Gillespie found his

footing and averaged 14.8 points per game as he and Satterfield led the Greene Devils to a state tournament berth. This season, Gillespie led Greeneville in scoring at 20.8 points per game

and Satterfield – who also received consideration to be a Mr. Basketball finalist – averaged 17.6 points. Together, Gillespie and Satterfield were perhaps the most prolific scoring duo in the state. And with each bringing a little something di erent to the court, it was tough for defenses to mark one or the other. “I’ll go o the dribble and nobody can guard me,” Gillespie said. “And if the defense does collapse on me, I can kick it to Reid for a 3-pointer. It’s really unguardable.” Not only did defenses have to contend with Gillespie and Satterfield this season, but the two will return for their senior seasons next year. “Reid was right there (to

www.greenevillesun.com be a Mr. Basketball finalist) as well,” Woolsey said. “The thing about our team is – it’s not just Jakobi or Reid, even – there are a multitude of guys who can make a play and they trust each other to make plays.” Beyond high school, Gillespie might have a tough choice to make. As a defensive back on Greeneville’s football team in the fall, he was named to the Class 4A all-state team. “I’m just going to pick a great school,” Gillespie said. “I think I want to play basketball right now, but I don’t know yet.”

Mr. Basketball Class 2A Mr. Basketball: Toris Woods, Bolivar Central; Finalists: Jakobi Gillespie,

Greeneville; Trey Morrow, Scott. Class A Mr. Basketball: Grant Strong, Clay County; Finalists: Trey Johnson, Cosby; Walter Peggs, Madison Academic. Class 3A Mr. Basketball: Mason Miller, Houston; Finalists: Matthew Schneider, Siegel; Grant Slatten, White County Division II-A Mr. Basketball: Kameron Jones, Evangelical Christian School; Finalists: Alex Anderson, Tipton-Rosemark; Braeden Moore, CPA Division II-2A Mr. Basketball: B. J. Edwards, Knoxville Catholic; Finalists: Chandler Jackson, Christian Brothers; Trent McNair, Brentwood Academy

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2020-2021 GREENEVILLE GREENE DEVILS ROSTER No. Name Grade 2 Connor DeBusk Sr. 3 Jakobi Gillespie Jr. 4 Adjatay Dabbs So. 5 Reid Satterfield Jr. 11 Jackson Tillery Jr. 12 Reid Cannon Sr. 22 Jayquan Price So. 23 Terry Grove Jr. 24 Keelen Lester Jr. 33 Bradley Wells Jr. 34 Avery Collins Sr. 35 Trey Mayes Sr. COACH: Brad Woolsey ASSISTANT COACHES: Josh Bennett, Nathan Hale, Joseph Tillery TRAINER: Glenn Evatt SCHEDULE/RESULTS RECORD: 31-6 overall, 11-0 District 2-2A 11/17 Daniel Boone L 55-61 11/19 Science Hill L 35-59 12/1 Morristown East L 53-65 12/4 Grainger W 63-51 12/8 South Greene W 87-48 12/11 Tennessee W 74-66 12/12 Buckhorn (AL) W 70-62 12/21 Sevier County L 59-62 12/22 Dobyns-Bennett L 66-78 12/23 Moore County W 86-55 12/28 Knoxville Webb W 66-62 12/29 Oak Ridge W 51-45 12/30 Alcoa W 68-44 1/4 Jefferson County W 72-49 1/8 Chuckey-Doak W 79-43

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Devils Top Upperman, Advance To Title Game BY TATE RUSSELL

Official Basketball Box Score -- Game Totals -- Final Statistics Upperman vs Greeneville 3/19/21 2:30 PM at Murfreesboro, TN (Murphy Center)


Upperman 41 • 26-6

MURFREESBORO — For the first time in program history, the Greeneville boys basketball team will be playing for a state championship. It was not pretty. The Devils were held to their lowest point total in a win all season, but it did not matter because Greeneville took down Upperman 47-41 in the Class 2A state semifinals on Friday. “I think back to all of the good teams and all of the good players that just didn’t have the opportunity to get here,” Greeneville coach Brad Woolsey said. “These guys seized that opportunity. I told them before the game that I think the opportunity is there, but they have to take it. It wasn’t easy, but they took it.” Greeneville will play Jackson South Side in the championship game at 2 p.m. Central Time Saturday in the Murphy Center on the Campus of Middle Tennessee State University. South Side beat Kingston 70-45 in the other semifinal on Friday. The state championship game will be broadcast on television by the Tri-Cities CW. Radio Greeneville will provide the radio broadcast on both 103.1 WIKQ and 99.5 WGRV. “We’ve got to go watch film and try to get ready,” Woolsey said. “It’s a pretty short turnaround, and we have to be ready. It’s going to be a battle.” The 47 points is Green-

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Greeneville’s Jakobi Gillespie (3) flies through the lane as Upperman’s Collin Gore (1) defends in the Class 2A state tournament semifinals.

eville’s third lowest output of the season. On Jan. 22, the Devils only scored 45 points in a loss to a Knoxville Catholic team loaded with Division I prospects. On Nov. 19, Greeneville was held to 35 points by Science Hill on a night when most of the rotation was still playing football. Since the calendar turned to 2021, the Devils have averaged 75 points per game. But on Wednesday, they had to figure out how to play through the Bees’ stingy defense and slow-down o ense. “It was ugly,” Woolsey said. “It’s just not the way we play. To get a win in such an ugly game, to gut out a win today is impressive. Upperman did a great job of slowing us down. These guys just stepped up.” Upperman led for all but 1:27 of the first half and went into intermission leading 25-21. Big man Alex Rush

extended that on the first possession of the second half, and with 4:29 left in the third quarter Upperman held a 31-25 advantage. Trey Mayes got the Greene Devils going with a straightaway triple to close the gap to 31-28. With 1:49 left in the third quarter, Jakobi Gillespie scorched the net from behind the arc on the left side to put Greeneville in front 33-31. Collin Gore tied it 33-33 13 seconds later when he pulled up in the lane for two points. Connor DeBusk drove the baseline for a reverse layup and the third quarter ended with Gillespie making a pair of free throws to put Greeneville on top 37-33. Upperman tied the game 37-37 when Rush dropped in a turn-around hook shot from the block. It was one of the few times the 6-foot-7 rush was able to get the best of Terry Grove in the paint. Grove’s physical play all game forced rush

into 3-of-9 shooting. On Wednesday against Pearl Cohn, Rush was 9-of-10 from the field and the di erence in the outcome. “The way we played him was a big, big deal,” Woolsey said. “We wanted Avery (Collins) and Terry to be physical with him. They did a great job of executing. They did a great job of not letting him get in position.” The game was tied again 39-39 and then 41-41. The Devils’ defense took on every challenge down the stretch and held Upperman without a field goal over the final 6:13. With 58 seconds remaining, Woolsey called on Gillespie to take over the o ense. Reid Satterfield set a high screen and Gillespie put his head down and glided through the lane. He elevated, reached his arm around a defender and gently placed the ball over the iron for a 43-41 Greeneville lead.

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Gillespie and Satterfield finished the game at the freethrow line. While the pace of play kept Greeneville’s point total down, nothing could keep Gillespie from scoring. The Mr. Basketball finalist dropped in 23 points to lead the Devils. “I just knew I had to get points. We needed buckets to stay in the game. I just knew I had to get to the rack,” Gillespie said. Friday’s contest started tight as well. Gillespie scored the first points to give Greeneville a lead, but on the next possession Alexander Nash hit from deep to put the Bees on top. Mayes swung the lead back in the Devils’ favor when he

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sank a triple with 3:17 left in the first quarter. Upperman scored eight of the next 10 points to close the quarter leading 15-10. With 1:57 left in the first half, Gillespie gave Greeneville another brief lead when he sank a triple that made the score 21-20. Jace McWilliams answered with a triple on the other end and Gore finished the first half with a driving layup for a 25-21 Upperman lead. Rush finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, scoring 10 of his points at the charity stripe. McWilliams added 10 points for Upperman. For Greeneville, Satterfield had eight points and nine rebounds.

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Devils Gut Out Win Over Bolivar Central BY TATE RUSSELL

eville a 17-11 lead. Adjatay Dabbs put Greeneville in front 19-11 MURFREESBORO — with 14 seconds left in the Nothing comes easy at quarter, but Bolivar got going the state tournament, and the other way quickly and Greeneville found that out on Andtrayvin Stewart cut the Wednesday night in the Class lead to 19-13 at the close of 2A state quarterfinals against the quarter. Bolivar Central. In the second quarter, The Greene Devils started Debusk – the Devils’ point the fourth quarter holding a guard – really started to push 12-point advantage, but then the tempo and the Devils the Tigers caught fire and began to pull away. Greeneville had to rely on DeBusk got things started some big-time plays late to by slashing through the lane capture a 61-58 win that kept for a 21-17 lead. The senior its season alive. finished with eight points “We gutted one out and three assists, but more tonight,” Woolsey said. “We importantly he turned the didn’t play particularly well. ball over just once against the We had a lot of turnovers, high-pressure Tigers. we left a lot of points on the “Connor had one of the board. But I’m really proud best stat lines,” Woolsey said. of the guys for gutting it out. “When you think of stats, The guys did a good job of you may think of points and executing at the end and rebounds, but he had the ball securing the win.” in his hands a whole lot unGreeneville moves on der a lot of pressure, and he to the semifinals where it had just one turnover. That SUN PHOTO BY TATE RUSSELL will take on Upperman at is the most impressive stat of Greeneville’s Terry Grove (23) puts up a shot against Bolivar Central in the Class 2A state tournament quarterfinals. 2:30 p.m. Central Time the night.” Friday in the Murphy Center day were decided by a net to knot things 56-56 with necessarily our goal to run us down a little bit, but it A three-point play by on the campus of Middle combined 23 points with an 2:06 left. the time o , but that’s what feels great to come in here Gillespie pushed Greeneville’s lead to 26-19. DeBusk Tennessee State University. average margin of victory The shot capped a 12-0 run happened. Then Reid hit that and get that first win under and Gillespie followed by Upperman beat Pearl Cohn of 3.83 points, a single day and forced Woolsey to call a shot. That was such a huge our belt.” 60-54 in its quarterfinal record for the tournament. timeout. shot for us. We had been takWednesday’s action started each getting to the rim to on Wednesday. Upperman Greeneville began the Out of the timeout, the ing it on the chin, and then with Jakobi Gillespie nailing make the score 32-22. The first half finished finished the regular season fourth quarter leading 50-38, Greene Devils moved the ball he knocks that down.” a triple after a long posseswith Gillespie ripping a trey ranked No. 2 in the Class 2A but 3-pointers from Tacararound for 48 seconds before Greeneville’s defense sion in which Greeneville through the nylon at the AP Poll while Greeneville ion Mitchell and Jamrion finding the right shot. Terry stepped up and started passed it around the Tigers’ buzzer to give Greeneville a came in at No. 3. Anderson in a 49-second Grove tossed the ball from getting stops over the final zone. 35-24 advantage. Greeneville’s game was span narrowed the margin to the paint to Reid Satterfield minute. Bolivar’s final basket With 6:08 left in the first Gillespie, a Mr. Basketnot the only close one on 52-44. on the right wing. Satterfield came with 1.8 seconds left, quarter, Lax went the length Wednesday. Pickett County’s Jaquan Lax sank back-tothen drained the most imand there was not enough of the court to give Bolivar its ball finalist, finished with a game-high 28 points and 12 63-57 win over Cosby was the back triples from near NBA portant of his five 3-pointers time for it to get another only lead of the night at 4-3. largest margin of victory of range to close the gap to 56to put Greeneville in front opportunity. The Tigers tied things 11-11 rebounds. Bolivar’s Mr. Basketball the six games on the opening 51 with 3:06 left. 59-56. “It feels great to finally get when Isaiah Perry hit deep finalist Toris Woods was day of the Boys Blue Cross Lax then pulled up from “The guys did a good job this experience,” Greeneville from the right corner, but Basketball Championships. even farther away and found of not turning it over there,” senior Connor DeBusk said. Satterfield followed with a SEE BOLIVAR ON PAGE 19 The six games on Wednes- nothing but the bottom of the Woolsey said. “It wasn’t “Last year, COVID knocked pair of triples to give GreenASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

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held to eight points, largely due to the defensive e ort of Satterfield. “The biggest thing is boxing him out. Number two is knowing what he likes to do o ensively,” Woolsey said. “We’ve preached for the last week to have a body on him, and Reid did a great job.” Gillespie is now the only Class 2A Mr. Basketball finalist still playing since Bolivar has been eliminated and Scott County’s Trey Morrow did not advance to Murfreesboro. In the third quarter, the teams traded buckets as Greeneville’s lead fluctuated from eight to 13 points. Henderson. Satterfield and Gillespie each Satterfield finished scored six points in the quar- Wednesday with 15 points ter, as did Bolivar’s Trevorius and six rebounds while play-

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Devils Dump Fulton, Earn State Tourney Berth BY TATE RUSSELL ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR The wait has been long. But 364 days after beating Fulton to qualify for the state tournament, the Greeneville boys basketball team again took down the Falcons to earn a trip to Murfreesboro, only this time that trip is really going to happen. The Greene Devils’ season was cut short a year ago before they could set foot on the floor at the Murphy Center because the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That left Greeneville hungry and focused on a single mission this season, and now that mission is one step closer to being accomplished after a 92-67 win on Monday night in the Class 2A state sectionals. “The job is not finished,” Greeneville senior Trey Mayes said. “We got cut short last year, and this is our shot at redemption. We felt like we were robbed last year, and that has the been the fuel to our fire. The opportunity to go back means everything.” Monday was the second time in two years the Devils crossed the 90-point mark against Fulton, one of Class 2A’s top programs and a program that is known for defense. That has Greeneville feeling good as it gets ready to head to Murfreesboro next week. “We got an awesome coaching sta ,” Mayes said. “We have an awesome squad. We have Mr. Basket-


Greeneville’s Jakobi Gillespie (3) goes up for a layup as Fulton’s Taj Kimber (20) defends.

ball and we have this whole city behind us. That’s all we need to get it done.” The Devils will begin Class 2A state tournament play on March 17 at 7 p.m. Central Time against Bolivar Central. Bolivar beat Westview 51-41 in its state sectional contest on Monday. Greeneville finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll and Bolivar checked in at No. 4. Monday’s action at Hal Henard Gymnasium started

with Greeneville coach Brad Woolsey feeling uneasy after Mr. Basketball finalist Jakobi Gillespie rolled his ankle at the end of practice on Sunday. Woolsey spent the whole day fretting over the status of his star guard, but early on Gillespie eased those concerns. The junior Mr. Basketball finalist poured in 21 points in the first half, with no noticeable wear, and finished with a game-high 26.

“I don’t know if you can understand the angst I have been under all day,” Woolsey said. “Jakobi got hurt in the last five minutes of practice. He hobbled around all shootaround, and hobbled around all warmup, and I didn’t know if he would be able to go. “Obviously, he’s a gamer, he showed that. It’s crazy how well he played. Before the game, he was telling me ‘I can’t jump,’ then he puts down that dunk. That was a

huge moment for me.” Gillespie was not the only one to start hot on Monday. As a team, the Greene Devils stormed out of the gate and quickly had the Falcons looking for answers. Fulton held a 7-5 lead three minutes into the contest, but Terry Grove got the Devils going when he worked Tommy Sweat on the block for a layup. Grove then grabbed an offensive rebound that turned into a jumper by Connor

DeBusk with 4:25 left in the first quarter. The shot made the score 9-7 and Greeneville stayed in front the rest of the night. Reid Satterfield’s first of five 3-pointers went in and was followed by a threepoint play by Gillespie to push the Devils lead to 15-9. With 58 seconds left in the quarter, Gillespie drove the lane to make the score 23-13, and Satterfield hit another triple for a 26-13 Greeneville advantage. The quarter closed with Greeneville leading 26-15. Greeneville’s first two possessions of the second quarter resulted in Satterfield and Gillespie each hitting from behind the arc to increase the lead to 32-17. The game really opened up when the Devils went on an 11-0 run that pushed the lead to 45-21 with 3:37 left in the first half. The run began with a triple from Gillespie and was highlighted when he powered home a breakaway jam despite the bad ankle. The run ended when Satterfield made one at the foul line, but missed the second. Grove grabbed the board to keep the play alive, and Satterfield made up for the miss by draining another trey. Greeneville’s biggest lead of the first half came with 1:46 left when Gillespie hit from behind the arc again to make the score 52-27. The teams went to halftime with Greeneville leading 52-31. SEE FULTON ON PAGE 24


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Devils Sink Sullivan East In Overtime BY SAM BUNDY

ran a play to get Satterfield free beyond the arc on the left wing and he drained BLUFF CITY — The the 3-pointer for a 67-62 Greeneville Greene Devils cushion. saw their third straight With 2:16 to play, SatterRegion 1-2A championship field put up a shot from the flash before their eyes on right corner that missed, Thursday night. but he was fouled and made With the game tied 62-62 three ensuing free throws to and three seconds left in make it 70-62. regulation, Sullivan East’s Satterfield hit two more Dylan Bartley intercepted free throws with 1:43 to play a long inbounds pass by to cap Greeneville’s 10-0 Greeneville and launched spurt and give the Greene a shot from half court that Devils a 72-62 lead. appeared to have a chance. “In overtime, we executed Bartley’s heave, though, some stu that we hadn’t hit the backboard and run before,” Woolsey said. clanged o the rim before “Connor made a big layup, Greeneville pulled out a 79- Reid made a big 3 and hit 71 win in overtime. his free throws. The Greene Devils, who “It’s so easy to get caught had struggled to maintain up in things you have no an o ensive flow in the control over. I think there second half, scored the first were times (during regula10 points of the extra frame tion) when we did that. But with eight coming from Reid in the end, the guys kind of Satterfield on a 3-pointer shook the cobwebs out and and five free throws. did a good job.” “It was just kind of a weird Sullivan East (22-7) got feel o ensively all night,” within 74-69 on a tough said Greeneville coach Brad 3-pointer by Ethan Bradford Woolsey, whose Greene with DeBusk in his face Devils improve to 27-6. “I with 52 seconds to play and never could put my finger on within 75-71 on a putback what it was that we needed from Logan Murray with 28 to do di erently. There was seconds left. something missing and it’s Greeneville’s Jakobi my job to figure out what Gillespie and Satterfield it is. then hit two free throws “It was a totally di erent each for the game’s final kind of feel in overtime, score. though. We looked like ourGillespie finished with a selves again.” game-high 28 points and Connor DeBusk scored the was named tournament first basket of overtime on MVP. Satterfield scored 24 a layup for a 64-62 Greenpoints and pulled down 11 eville lead. rebounds, while Adjatay The Greene Devils then Dabbs had nine points, SPORTS EDITOR

DeBusk had eight and Terry Grove had seven and six rebounds. DeBusk, Grove and Satterfield joined Gillespie on the all-tournament team. Bartley finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds for Sullivan East (22-7). Bradford had 17 points and Braden Standridge had 16. Greeneville will host Fulton in a sectional game on Monday, while Sullivan East will travel to Kingston for another sectional tilt. The winners earn berths to the state tournament. Kingston (25-5) defeated Fulton (20-9) 64-59 in the Region 2-2A championship game on Thursday. Last season, Greeneville got 42 points from Satterfield in a 97-84 sectional win over Fulton at home to qualify for the state tournament, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “When you look at playing Fulton vs. playing Kingston, it’s kind of like pick your poison,” Woolsey said. “Fulton is a very, very young team. They’re starting a freshman and a sophomore, but they’re very talented. Kingston is a veteran team, a physical team, a big team. “We were going to get a tough team either way. It’s good we get Fulton at home.” Greeneville has now won four region titles in 11 seasons under Woolsey, and PHOTO SPECIAL TO THE SUN BY EDDYGRAY@TRICITIESCAPTURED PHOTOGRAPHY the 27 wins this season are Greeneville’s Terry Grove (23) blocks a shot by Sullivan East’s Dylan Bartley while Greenthe most in a season for the SEE EAST ON PAGE 25

eville’s Trey Mayes helps during the Region 1-2A championship game at Sullivan East. Greeneville won 79-71 in overtime.

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Devils D Up In Win Over Elizabethton BY SAM BUNDY SPORTS EDITOR Defense is so important this time of year. As the saying goes, it wins championships. In a 61-36 victory over the Elizabethton Cyclones in the Region 1-2A tournament semifinals on Tuesday night, the Greeneville Greene Devils – a team with o ense to spare – showed they can D up. Consider this: • Greeneville’s Jakobi Gillespie and Adjatay Dabbs combined to hold Elizabethton’s leading scorer Jake Roberts – a guy averaging more than 20 points a game, including 46 in a win over Sullivan East on Feb. 6 – to just two free throws in the first half. • While Roberts scored 13 points in the second half to lead Elizabethton with 15, he was 0-for-7 from the floor in the first half and finished just 5-of-19. • Greeneville post players Terry Grove and Avery Collins banged on Elizabethton’s 6-foot-5 post Nicholas Wilson all night, getting the Cyclones big man into foul trouble early and holding him to just four points. • Greeneville held the Cyclones scoreless over the final six minutes of the second quarter en route to a 34-10 halftime lead. “Our defense in the first half was tremendous,” said Greeneville coach Brad Woolsey. “We knew Roberts was dangerous. Kobi and Adjatay did a great job of


Greeneville’s Avery Collins (34) pulls in a rebound against Elizabethton in the Region 1-2A tournament semifinals.

limiting his shots. Not only did he not score (from the field), he didn’t shoot as many shots as he normally gets. “Terry and Avery have both been doing a great job. It doesn’t always show up in the scorebook, but they a ect the game in a lot of ways both on defense and rebounding. Those guys are

huge for us.” Greeneville improves to 26-6 and advances to Thursday’s region championship at Sullivan East, which defeated Grainger 82-47 in the other semifinal to improve to 22-6. Both teams are assured of a sectional game on Monday. The Greene Devils, who have won their past 12

games and 22 of their past 23, will be looking for their third straight region championship and fourth under Woolsey. “Sullivan East is a great shooting team and they play hard,” Woolsey said. “At home, they’re tough. They’re going to be jacked up. It’s going to be a great atmosphere. If you’re a

basketball fan, it’s going to be something you really want to see. “We’ve just got to keep grinding, working, keep attacking, keep our defensive intensity up and keep doing the things that make us who we are.” Greeneville controlled Tuesday’s game from the start.

The Greene Devils, who never trailed, won the opening tip and Gillespie scored on a layup for the game’s first points just seconds in. Trey Mayes and Reid Satterfield followed with 3-pointers, Connor DeBusk scored on a layup and Grove dropped in two free SEE ELIZABETHTON ON PAGE 28

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Big 2nd, 3rd Quarters Push Devils To Win BY SAM BUNDY

quarter. But we were great o ensively in the second quarter,” said Greeneville Teams looking to knock coach Brad Woolsey, whose o the Greeneville Greene Greene Devils netted 36 Devils better have them on points in the second. the ropes at the end of the Greeneville’s 20-3 run first quarter. started simple when AdThat’s because the Greene jatay Dabbs stuck back a Devils pack a big punch rebound to push the Greene in the second and third Devils ahead 36-35. quarters. Jakobi Gillespie took it Trailing Unicoi County from there, knocking down 35-34 with three mina 3-pointer, slamming utes to play in the second home a dunk o a steal and quarter of a Region 1-2A converting a three-point quarterfinal on Saturday play for a 44-35 Greeneville night, Greeneville closed lead with 1:14 to play in the the frame on a 20-3 run en second. route to a 96-51 win. A 3-pointer from Grant The 20-3 spurt pushed Hensley pulled Unicoi withGreeneville to a 54-38 in 44-38, but it proved to be halftime lead in a game that a mere speed bump. was tied 18-18 after one Greeneville then got a quarter. 3-pointer from Connor “Defensively, we were DeBusk, a steal and layup not very good in the first from Trey Mayes, a fast-

break layup from Gillespie and a 3-pointer from Reid Satterfield with a couple ticks left on the clock for the 54-38 lead at the break. That whipped the Greeneville faithful into a frenzy, and Unicoi got no closer the rest of the way. “The student section was unbelievable tonight,” Woolsey said. “Our guys were playing hard and they were adding to that energy. They had that synergy going between the two. That’s a fun situation for high school kids to get to enjoy and experience.” Greeneville, which entered the game outscoring opponents by an average of 25 points over the second and third quarters, continued its outburst with 29 points in the third for an 83-46 lead.

15. The Falcons scored the first four points of the second half as Sweat and Denaj Kimber each got to the rim in the first 34 seconds. Greeneville scored the next nine points with Satterfield, Gillespie, Grove and DeBusk all getting in on the action. Sweat did his best to keep the Devils from running away as he closed the quarter with eight more points, including a pair of triples, but the fourth quarter started with Greeneville leading 69-50. Greeneville started the fourth quarter with a pair of

long possessions that resulted in triples from Satterfield and Adjatay Dabbs as the lead grew to 75-52. Grove came up with a pair of tough buckets in the paint to give the Devils their biggest lead at 83-54 with 4:07 to play. Soon after, Woolsey pulled his starters. Sweat led Fulton with 16 points while Kimber and Marcelus Jackson each had 12.



“Fulton is a such a talented team, but they are so young,” Woolsey said. “I think getting up on them early was huge in helping us in the second half. It was a fast paced game and I felt like we did a good job in our transition o ense. At the same time, the defense did a good job of getting stops.” As a team, Greeneville hit 12 3-pointers with Gillespie and Satterfield each sinking five. Satterfield scored 20 points for Greeneville and Grove added a career-high


Satterfield, who had just the 3-pointer in the first half, scored eight of Greeneville’s first 11 points in the third. He finished with 12 points in the quarter and 15 for the game. Mayes converted a threepoint play and another layup early in the third on his way to a career-high 18 points. Gillespie threw down another rim rocker late in the third and finished with a game-high 27 points, surpassing 1,000 for his career. DeBusk added 14 points for Greeneville, while Dabbs chipped in eight and Reid Cannon had six. “One of the things we’ve talked about is you have to have a presence on both ends of the floor at all times,” Woolsey said.

“You can get into a situation where you just kind of stand around. Trey doesn’t do that and he definitely didn’t do that tonight. He found the open areas that Unicoi was leaving and he did a great job of finishing. “And Jakobi getting to the 1,000-point mark is awesome. He’s just grown in all parts of his game. We’re happy for him and glad he got to that milestone.” Greeneville, now 25-6, will host Elizabethton in Tuesday’s semifinals. Elizabethton (18-7) defeated South Greene 62-48 on Saturday. “Elizabethton has a kid, Jake Roberts, who scored 46 points against Sullivan East this year,” Woolsey said. “He’s a great player and they have pieces around him that can do

some things. “We’re going to really have to be prepared and locked in defensively because they’re going to come in here with a win on their mind. … I’ve told the guys, ‘There’s nobody that’s going to give you anything. Every moment we’re on the court, you’re going to have to go take it.’” Unicoi was playing without coach John Good, who stepped down on Friday amid controversy stemming from a social media video in which Good made comments at an East Tennessee State University rally concerning the Bucs’ basketball team kneeling during the national anthem. The Blue Devils, who got a team-high 13 points from Ty Johnson, end their season at 16-15.


Greeneville’s Terry Grove (23) works in the paint against Fulton’s Denaj Kimber in a Class 2A state sectional.

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bench and knocked down a jumper and turned a steal CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 into a layup to highlight an 11-3 run that gave Greencoach. eville a 27-15 lead midway At the outset on Thursday, through the period. it looked as if Greeneville Both teams struggled might run o from Sullivan to find points the rest of East. The Greene Devils won the second, but Satterfield the tip and quickly scored drained a 3-pointer at the when DeBusk fed Trey buzzer to give the Greene Mayes for a layup. Devils a 32-24 halftime lead. That sparked a 10-2 In the third quarter, run before Sullivan East Sullivan East’s Mason matched with a 10-2 run and Montgomery hit a 3-pointer pulled even 12-12 on a spin and Bartley scored six points move by Bartley late in the in a 14-2 run that gave the opening quarter. Patriots a 46-38 lead with Satterfield then knocked 33 seconds to play in the down a fadeaway jumper period. from 15 feet and scored on Greeneville cut it to 46a fastbreak layup to push 43 at the end of the third Greeneville to a 16-12 lead at when Gillespie hit a jumper the end of the first. and Dabbs got a running At the start of the second 3-pointer to fall at the quarter, Dabbs came o buzzer.


“We had two end-of-quarter shots that went down for us, and we were down by eight points at one point,” said Woolsey, whose Greene Devils committed seven turnovers in the third. “It’s a (situation) we had not been in in a long time. I was really proud of the guys for pulling it out.” Neither team led by more than three points in the fourth quarter. With Greeneville ahead 62-60, Murray dribbled the length of the floor and drew two defenders to him in the paint before dishing to Standridge for a layup that tied it. “You knew Sullivan East was going to come in here with a lot of passion tonight,” Woolsey said. “They PHOTO SPECIAL TO THE SUN BY DAWN LAMBERT Greeneville coach Brad Woolsey holds up the net after it was cut down following a 79-71 were very, very tough, very, overtime win against Sullivan East in the Region 1-2A tournament championship game. very good.”



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Devils Thump Grainger, Claim Title BY TATE RUSSELL ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR The Greeneville boys struggled to get shots to fall in the opening minutes on Tuesday, something no one who has watched the Greene Devils in recent weeks has witnessed, and despite that coach Brad Woolsey was maybe as pleased as he has ever been with what his team was doing on the floor. The effort and intensity never dropped, the defense was suffocating and eventually the offense kicked in as Greeneville blew by Grainger 67-35 to claim the District 2-2A championship. “This is one of my favorite games as a coach,” Woolsey said. “It’s because we struggled a little early on offense, but our effort was always there. We were hammering the boards and doing a lot of the little things. Then we had a really good game defensively. We defended the ball, we didn’t let them get down hill and we contested the shooters. “To see these guys fight and fight and fight on both ends of the floor was really awesome as a coach. I’m really proud of them.” It is the 19th district title in program history and third straight for the Greene Devils, but they are looking to do bigger things this postseason. Greeneville advanced to the state tournament



Greeneville’s Reid Satterfield (5) shoots over Emmanuel Atkins of Grainger.

Greeneville’s Trey Mayes cuts down the net on Tuesday after the Greene Devils beat Grainger for the District 2-2A championship.

last year, but the tournament was canceled due to COVID-19. This year, the Devils are focused on making the trip to Murfreesboro and coming back with a gold ball. “It’s great to win a district championship,” Woolsey said. “Anytime you get to cut a net down you enjoy it, because you don’t know when the next one will be. To do this playing well, defending well, rebounding well,

Avery Collins disrupted everything that entered the paint. The 35 points are a season low for the Grizzlies, who had not scored fewer than 50 since Dec. 7. On the offensive end, Mr. Basketball finalist Jakobi Gillespie scored the first five points and Greeneville finished the first period leading 14-5. In the second quarter, the pace began to pick up on offense. A transition

really makes this night special.” Greeneville led the whole way, but it was not easy in the early going. The Devils got shot opportunities but many banged off the iron. What was working for the Devils was defense as they held a Grainger team that had won 17 of its last 19 games to just five points in the opening period. Senior Trey Mayes seemed to be the first to every loose ball while Terry Grove and

feed from Reid Satterfielld turned into a three-point play for Mayes 13 seconds into the quarter. Satterfield then got to the rim twice in less than a minute to push the lead to 23-9. In a 45-second span, Gillespie put down a rim-rattling slam, Satterfiled hit from behind the arc and Mayes tapped a pass off the glass for Gillespie, who tipped the ball through the cylinder for a 30-11 advantage.

Gillespie led all scorers with 25 points, while Satterfield finished with 22. “That was awesome from them tonight,” Woolsey said. “Both of those guys can put it in the hole. But I’ll tell you, Trey (Mayes) played unbelievable defense. Terry (Grove) and Avery (Collins) played with huge effort. Then Connor (DeBusk) is that guy always there leading SEE GRAINGER ON PAGE 27

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us. Adjatay (Dabbs) even came in and gave us a lift.” The first half finished with Greeneville leading 35-15. The second half started with Brody Grubb hitting a three-pointer for the Grizzlies, but then Greeneville scored 12 of the next 14 points. Satterfield scored eight of those points while Gillespie and DeBusk got out in front of the defense for a pair of transition layups and a 47-20 lead. After Tristan Warfield put in a pair of buckets, Greeneville scored 12 straight points for a 5824 advantage. Gillespie

scored seven points in the stretch and Dabbs scored the other five. The teams went to the fourth quarter with Greeneville leading 63-28. Greeneville’s biggest lead of the night came when Satterfield scored on the first possession of the fourth quarter to make it 65-28. Grainger then scored the next seven points as the clock ran continuously. Dabbs finished with 11 points for Greeneville. Ty Overbay led Grainger with 10 points. Greeneville will host Unicoi county in the Region 1-2A tournament on Saturday. Unicoi County, the fourth seed out of District 1-2A, lost 66-64 to Sulli-

van South on Tuesday. Grainger will take on Sullivan South on Saturday. Sullivan East won the District 1-2A championship 55-39 over Elizabethton and will take on District 2-2A fourth seed Chuckey-Doak. Third seeded South Greene will travel to Elizabethton in the first round. DISTRICT 2-2A ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM MVP – JAKOBI GILLESPIE, GREENEVILLE REID SATTERFIELD, GREENEVILLE ADJATAY DABBS, GREENEVILLE CONNOR DEBUSK, GREENEVILLE BRODY GRUBB, GRAINGER TY OVERBAY, GRAINGER TRISTAN WARFIELD, GRAINGER. GREENEVILLE 14 21 28 4 — 67 GRAINGER 5 10 13 7 — 35 GREENEVILLE: GILLESPIE 25, SATTERFIELD 22, DABBS 11, DEBUSK 6, MAYES 3. GRAINGER: OVERBAY 10, GRUBB 9, WARFIELD 8, JONES 2, ATKINS 2, WILLIAMS 2, FOSTER 2.


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throws for a quick 12-2 lead. Greeneville closed the first quarter on a 9-2 run – two buckets from Gillespie on a spin move into the lane and a layup, a layup from Satterfield, and a putback and a free throw from Dabbs – for a 23-8 lead. The Greene Devils didn’t turn the ball over in the first quarter and hit nine of 13 shots. Greeneville cooled o ensively in the second quarter, hitting just five of 17 shots. But the Greene Devils had 10 steals and held Elizabethton to just two points in the period en route to the 34-10 halftime lead. Gillespie scored 11 of his 17

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Devils Start Fast, Roll Past Knights BY TATE RUSSELL ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR The Greeneville boys started the postseason in style on Saturday night with an o ensive explosion. The Devils took down Chuckey-Doak 94-56 to advance to the District 2-2A championship game on Tuesday. “We were able to jump out on them early, and it started from the first possession,” Greeneville coach Brad Woolsey said. “Chuckey-Doak did fight back, they never stopped fighting, but our guys kept playing even when some shots weren’t falling. I’m just really pleased with this e ort.” Greeneville started so fast the Black Knights hardly had time to get turned around between baskets as the Greene Devils stormed to a 21-3 lead with 5:12 left in the first quarter. The night started with Reid Satterfield sinking a triple seven seconds after Terry Grove won the tip. Greeneville held an 11-0 lead 1:28 into the contest after a 10-second stretch that saw the Greene Devils score six points. It started with a pair of free-throws from Satterfield. Grove then stole the inbounds pass and moved it to Connor DeBusk for a layup. Jakobi Gillespie stole the next inbounds pass and took it down the baseline for two more points. After Tyler Ramsey broke the streak with a trey for the Knights, Greeneville scored


Greeneville’s Reid Satterfield makes a behind-the-back pass against Chuckey-Doak.

the next 10 points in 1:03 with Gillespie and Satterfield each hitting from deep to push the lead to 21-3 less than three minutes into the contest. “Twenty one points in three minutes is a lot,” Woolsey said. “That was a great way to jump out in tournament time. That is how we want to play, we want to play fast. We want to get shots, and when they are going in it makes everything look good. Now, when they aren’t going in we have to focus on rebounding and not just be satisfied with getting the shot.” Over the remainder of the

first quarter, Chuckey-Doak’s o ense kept pace with Christian Derry scoring six points as the gap narrowed to 26-15. Over the final 1:38 of the quarter, Adjatay Dabbs sank a pair of 3-pointers and DeBusk put in another to push Greeneville’s lead to 35-19 at the close of the period. In the second quarter, Gillespie got Greeneville going with a breakaway dunk that he turned into a three-point play for a 40-19 lead. Gillespie led the Devils on Saturday with 33 points. He did so in e cient fashion as

well, shooting 10-of-12 from 2-point range and 3-of-5 from 3-point range. “Jakobi looked really good tonight,” Woolsey said. “He got in the open court, and he knocked down some threes. One thing that may not be as noticed is his e ect defensively. When he is on the ball, he makes it hard for their point guard to get where he wants to get.” Chuckey-Doak kept pace using triples from Ramsey and Cadin Tullock before Greeneville closed the half on an 11-0 run. Satterfield started the run with a pair of transition layups and Gillespie fin-

ished it by leaping through tra c for another powerful jam that put Greeneville in front 59-27. Satterfied finished the night with 20 points. Dabbs had 11 points and Grove grabbed 12 rebounds. Derry scored Chuckey-Doak’s first eight points of the second half to close the gap to 64-35. Greeneville answered with a 12-2 run that pushed its lead to 76-37 with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter. Satterfield scored four in the stretch while Gillespie put in six points, all on breakaway plays.

The quarter ended with Greeneville leading 83-42. In the fourth quarter, Derry scored four of his team-high 18 points for Chuckey-Doak. Jackson Tillery put in five points for Greeneville and Reid Cannon added four points. Ramsey finished the night with 16 points for the Black Knights. Greeneville advances to the District 2-2A championship game where it will host Grainger at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Chuckey-Doak will go to South Greene on Tuesday for the third-place game. SEE CHUCKEY ON PAGE 30

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