Butch in the clutch: Huffman and Hairston help Wildcats wear down Nighthawks…Northern Guilford girls in squeaker over EG….

Eastern Guilford boys 74-66 over Northern and the Northern girls 38-37 over Eastern…..

Big-time ticker at Eastern Guilford tonight where the Northern girls defeated the Wildcats for the first time ever and the Eastern boys got their first win over Northern Guilford…..Great games on both ends/sides of the doubleheader and the girls game came down to the last shot….

The Wildcat Crazies were kind of quiet tonight in Wildcat Country and we still need to get out a story about that crowd, but they must have been told to tone it down a bit, cause they weren’t really going all that Crazy tonight…..

The games were wild though….In the girls game, Aliyah Grinage hit the game-winning shot to give the Nighthawk young ladies the victory, after Miranda Jenkins had put EG up by one with a free throw…..Jenkins is one of the top five, if not top ten players in the entire state and she carried her Wildcats on her shoulders tonight, with a game-high 24 points….

Butch Huffman was the man in the clutch for the EG Wildcat boys, as he finished with a potential career-high of 34 points, for the vitorious ‘Cats and he hit 10 clutch free throws in the game, to help seal it for Eastern over Northern….Brandon Hairston was right there with Butch, adding 23 points to the EG total….

A night of conference basketball action at Eastern and Aliyah Grinage becomes the star for the Northern girls and we need to find out if she is the daugther of former Greensboro Day School Bengal BJ Grinage…..He was a big center for GDS, back in the early 90’s…..Miranda Jenkins was probably the overall star of this game, but the Coffers, Sam and Amanda, also turned in very strong efforts for Northern and Gabby Boyd was in on the win, with a large contributing role as well….Eastern’s Jenkins got help from her sophomore teammate, Erica Olerich….A very well played girl’s basketball game tonight at Eastern…..Again, Jenkins hit the free throw to put EG up by one and then NG grabbed the rebound after the second free throw missed and made a play where they made a long pass up court to Grinage and she hit the winner, with just one second left in the game…..EG had one last chance with one second left and they got a look, but could not get off a shot after getting past halfcourt….

Among those 34 points for Butch Huffman in the EG boys win, Butch hit 6 three-pointers and nailed 10 free throws….He would have to be the Player of the Game on the boys side and this might have been his best effort ever as a Wildcat….Northern cut the lead to just 4 points, late in the 4th quarter, but Butch in the clutch, put it out or reach with his free throws…..Brandon Hairston was very steady for EG and his moves around the basket put a charge in the EG offense that NG could not stop…..Going to the basket, Hairston was almost unstoppable and outside, Huffman couldn’t miss from three-point range in the first half, hitting all six of his long-range threes, in half number one….Adam Gunn added 7 points to the EG total and Jeremy Gaddy pumped in 6 points…..Quan Moss chipped in with 4 points…..Gunn and Gaddy gave A+ efforts and Moss was on his game like never before….Gunn outside and Gaddy inside and Moss on the toss to the basket….

Northern was paced by Patrick Chandler’s 19 points, Pat popping in 4 threes….Daniel Downing and TJ Logan added 13 points each for the Nighthawks….John McBeth hit for 8, Will Mulliken 7 and Alex Mott, Mason Wyrick and Evan Markley had two points each…..

Girls rewind:1st Q:NG 12, EG 5…Halftime:NG 23, EG 16…..3rd Q:NG 33, EG 28…Final:NG 38, EG 37…..

NG scoring:Aliyah Grinage 12 points…Amanda Coffer 10 points….Sam Coffer 9 pts…Gabby Boyd 7 pts……

EG scoring:Miranda Jenkins 24 points….Erica Olerich 10 points….Whitney Parks 2 pts…Karima Jackson 1 pt…..

Boys rewind:1st Q:EG 20, NG 8….Halftime:EG 41, NG 26…3rd Q:EG 54, NG 45….Final:EG 74, NG 66…..

EG scoring:Butch Huffman 34 points…Brandon Hairston 23 points….Adam Gunn 7 pts….Jeremy Gaddy 6 pts….Quan Moss 4 pts….

NG scoring:Patrick Chandler 19 points…Daniel Downing 13 points…TJ Logan 13 points….John McBeth 8 pts….Will Mulliken 7 pts….Mason Wyrick 2 pts…Evan Markley 2 pts…..Alex Mott 2 pts….