Feb. 26, 2014 — Bryana Greenhill almost did not have a senior night.
East Carter’s lone senior was to be honored before their scheduled game against Menifee County on Feb. 15 before snow forced the game to be canceled.
That’s when Morgan County coach Jeff Brown picked up the phone and called Hager Easterling. He offered to bring his team up to Grayson and play the Lady Raiders so Greenhill could have her night.
“That’s the kind of person that Jeff Brown is,” Easterling said. “He wants to win but he puts the kids first. I didn’t ask him to do that and he volunteered that on his own and it was a classy move on his part.”
Greenhill scored eight points on her final night in Grayson as the No. 8 Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Cougars 68-27.
While the focus was winning on her night, Easterling and the rest of the Lady Raiders fought through emotions to give Greenhill one final memoy.
“She’s a big part of what we do and I think without she’s the best defensive player in the region,” Easterling said. “She’s a special young lady and when it rolls around and she’s not here, it’s going to be sad.”
Easterling added: “She would not enjoy that spotlight at all. She’s a very humble kid. There’s a difference between having a good team and having a good program. For us, she’s the difference. We’ve been fortunate to have players like her.”
Her teammates did the rest. Kristen Mayo scored 10 points while Megan Stickler and Kelsey Stumbo each scored 12 in the win. Twelve Lady Raiders scored in the contest.
East (27-2) would jump out to a big lead in the first quarter at 25-7 and 49-15 at halftime. In the second half, the Lady Raiders backed off and allowed the reserves to play extended minutes with the big lead.
Easterling said Greenhill wouldn’t have it any other way.
“She optimizes the word teammate,” Easterling said. “She could care less how many points she scores, she just wants to win the game on the scoreboard.
Greenhill on the season is averaging 9.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game.
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