<strong>By Mark Robinson<\/strong>\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_23716" align="alignright" width="199"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/east-girls-boys-win-christmas-tourney\/kate-perkins\/" rel="attachment wp-att-23716"><img class="size-medium wp-image-23716" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/01\/Kate-Perkins-199x300.jpg" alt="" width="199" height="300" \/><\/a> Kate Perkins rises above a crowd of Fayetteville players to put up a layup during the first quarter of East\u2019s 67-62 victory. (Photo Mark \u00a0Robinson)[\/caption]\r\n<h1>The first day\u2019s competition in Greenbrier East\u2019s Jerry Bradley Christmas Tournament featured four games, all on Wednesday, Dec. 28.<\/h1>\r\nHedgesville girls defeated Hurricane, 48-38, and the Greenbrier East Lady Spartans won against Fayetteville, 71-62. In the boys division, Westside won their game against Hampshire County 84-41, and Greenbrier East won against Covington, VA, 69-48. Westside is 4-1, ranked fourth in single A in the state of West Virginia. They like a fast game, with lots of trapping and man to man defense.\r\n\r\nEast\u2019s boys\u2019 scoring was balanced: Evan Canterbury with 16, Seth Brown with 15, Cory Beswick 14, Nethaniel Patton 11. Jasiah Rawls and Evan Canterbury both had 11 rebounds. Coach Jim Justice said at halftime, \u201cWe\u2019re playing a team that\u2019s better than I thought they are. I told our guys at the half to run the missed shot\/made shot break. When we rebound, or they score, we run to different spots. That, and tighten up on the rebounding.\u201d\r\n<h2>Covington was competitive in the first half, but East took a big lead in the third quarter. Covington only scored six points in the third quarter. At that time, East was in a 1-3-1 trap defense.<\/h2>\r\n[caption id="attachment_23718" align="alignleft" width="199"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/east-girls-boys-win-christmas-tourney\/seth-brown-2\/" rel="attachment wp-att-23718"><img class="wp-image-23718 size-medium" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/01\/Seth-Brown-199x300.jpg" width="199" height="300" \/><\/a> Seth Brown launches a shot from the lane in Greenbrier East\u2019s game against Covington Wednesday evening. East won the contest, 69-48. (Photo Mark Robinson)[\/caption]\r\n\r\nFor East\u2019s girls, Katie Wilmer was high scorer with 29 points; Kiara Smith had 10 rebounds. In the third period, Fayetteville coach John Kincaid was yelling to his team, \u201cDon\u2019t leave her!\u201d referring to Wilmer, who was deadly with her three point shooting. Justice said afterward, \u201cHaley (McClure) fouling out was tough, but it was good for our kids to have to deal with that. We only had 25 shots in the second half. We had 39 at halftime. We have to do better than that. Katie did great with her free throws. Kiara played a heck of a game... this team thinks they\u2019re better than they are. All of a sudden you\u2019re ahead by 15, 20, and you think that\u2019s gonna be like that all the time.\u201d\r\n\r\nFayetteville came back in the fourth quarter, closing the gap to three points before East pulled away at the end. Their coach, Kincaid, referring to East: \u201cThat team, they\u2019ve got good balance. Good point guard, good center, shooters on the wings, well coached. It\u2019s a battle.\u201d\r\n\r\nOn Thursday, after this issue of the newspaper has gone to press, the winners and losers will match up against each other. East\u2019s boys will play Westside, and East\u2019s girls will play Hedgesville.