We're still 16 days away from the latest rendition of the Farris & Farris Holiday Basketball Tournament, but a losing streak that has reached 10 games for the Greene Central girls may very well be in jeopardy.
The Lady Rams, winless last season, are out to a 4-2 start under the direction of first-year head coach Meredith Franklin entering tonight's game at Fike.
Triggering the resurgence has been the freshman backcourt duo of Malaysia Lancaster and Dasheka Mason, who have each allowed Franklin's frenetic pace to thrive.
And while Lancaster may be a point guard on the floor, her role doesn't begin and end with distributing the basketball. The 5-foot-5 presence scored 23 points in wins over Jones Senior and North Lenoir and pulled down 14 rebounds in a 49-47 victory over Ayden-Grifton.
Greene Central hasn't won a game in the event formerly known as the Eastern Carolina Classic since 2006, when the Lady Rams took a 52-46 consolation win over Hunt.
As is tradition with the holiday tournament, Greene Central is matched up against the host school in the semifinal game, which will be 2-A Eastern Plains Conference rival Beddingfield the day after Christmas.
The Lady Bruins, albeit a speedy bunch, are 0-4 as they prepare to take on county rival Hunt in less than an hour. Turnovers have plagued Beddingfield in the early going, including 39 giveaways in a loss to Southern Nash.
While the two teams will get an earlier look at each other with an EPC clash set for Dec. 18 on Beddingfield's floor, Greene Central can no longer be classified as an easy out in holiday play.