[caption id="attachment_15702" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2015\/12\/Lady-Spartans.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-15702" alt="Before she can start the fast break, Greenbrier East\u2019s Katie Wilmer must first get untangled from Midland Trail\u2019s Kayla Franklin." src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2015\/12\/Lady-Spartans-300x198.jpg" width="300" height="198" \/><\/a> Before she can start the fast break, Greenbrier East\u2019s Katie Wilmer must first get untangled from Midland Trail\u2019s Kayla Franklin.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nThe Greenbrier East Lady Spartans defeated Midland Trail Tuesday, Dec. 1, by a score of 81-28. The Spartans never trailed in the contest, leading by as many as 55 points. Midland Trail is a Class A school; Greenbrier East is Class AAA, So the game was something like a warmup for the Lady Spartans.\r\nKatie Wilmer and Lexi Tincher tied for most points, with 18 each. Both of them scored half of their points by hitting three three-point shots. Kiara Smith added 10 points. Three Spartans - Piper Nunley, Kat Walton, and Skylar Blevins - contributed eight points apiece.\r\nTaylor Hill pulled down nine rebounds; Lauren Lindsay had eight. Kiara Smith led in field goal percentage, hitting four of her seven shots.\r\nBefore the game started, Midland Trail Assistant Coach David Cook said, \u201cThe keys to the game will be controlling the ball, control the tempo. They\u2019ve got some height. We got to box out. We have to shoot the ball. We prefer a slow tempo. I figure they\u2019ll want to speed it up.\u201d\r\nAfter the game was over, Midland Trail Head Coach Matt Harper said, \u201cTo start with, we were a little scared, coming out here. We didn\u2019t play up to our potential. We got behind and couldn\u2019t catch up. Played well at times; played well in the second quarter, a little bit of the third quarter. It fell apart after that.\u201d\r\nThe Patriots only scored two points in the first quarter, but hit eight or nine points in the last three quarters. In the second quarter they were outscored 11-9.\r\nAbout Greenbrier East, Harper said, \u201cThey\u2019re big. They swarm the ball. You get the ball, everybody\u2019s on top of you. They work hard at getting kicked balls, and trapping. They\u2019re going tobe good this year.\u201d\r\nGreenbrier East\u2019s Head Coach Jim Justice said, \u201cI was really pleased, to tell you the honest truth. Versus the way we played at Blacksburg, I was really pleased tonight. I was pleased with our positioning. We were guarding in the right position; we were in the right position offensively. We ran our stuff well with a lot of speed, a lotof intensity. I was really pleased with the way we played.\u201d\r\n\u201cTo play to our strengths, this team is not really big, but we\u2019ve got the speed, and we\u2019ve got to play an up-tempo pace.\u201d\r\nSenior guard Kat Walton, #21, with four rebounds, five assists, and six steals said, \u201cIt was a lot of fun; it was a good one to start on. I was afraid we were going to come out here and be lazy and not play too good. We had two scrimmages and played kind of slow. We came out and had a good season opener. We were quick on defense,which was good. We did alright shooting from the outside.But we kind of struggled on our foul shots. But our defense really helped.\u201d\r\nSenior guard Lexi Tincher, #23, had two rebounds, one assist, and six steals, \u201cI thought it was really good. It was a great way to start the season. Our defense was very good. We got a lot of steals right off the bat. And points. And I think all of our shots were falling. Pretty goodoutside shooting, definitely to start it off it was good,\u201d she said.\r\nSenior forward Taylor Hill, #14, who had three points, one assist, and two steals said, \u201cI thought we started off really well for the season. We definitely came out with our best. Ourdefensetook over in the beginning of the game and we had it from there.\u201d\r\nJunior forward Megan Lindsay, #43, had one assist and one steal: \u201cWe had some really good chemistry at the beginning of the game. We worked really well together. This is a team that ... we have really nice chemistry, and I think that\u2019s the best quality in a team. On the floor and off the floor. We\u2019re all best friends, we all get along well,\u201d she said.\r\nJunior center Lauren Lindsay, #33, had two points and one assist:\u201cI thought wehad really good chemistry and we worked well together. We\u2019re better than we thoughtwe were, I guess, but we don\u2019t need thisto go to our heads. We need to work harder, and get better,\u201d she said.\r\nJunior center Piper Nunley, #50, with one assist and four blocked shots said, \u201cIt was really good, we stepped it up from practice. We all had great chemistry in this game. That made it better for everybody. I tried to help everything, to do my best, and that\u2019s all that matters.\u201d\r\nThe Lady Spartans next game is against Hedgesville, Friday, December 4, at 7:30 pm. Then they play Buckhannon-Upshur Saturday, Dec. 5, at 3:30 p.m.