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Monday, May 8, 2017

Newcomers of the Year - Tess Darby & Chloe Moore

image and article from The Jackson Sun



GREENFIELD — Girls basketball at Greenfield has always been one of the top programs in West Tennessee.

But with injuries and the reliance on young players, there were some unknowns on how good the Lady Yellowjackets could be this season.

Behind the play of freshmen Tess Darby and Chloe Moore, Greenfield won its first girls basketball district title since 1979.

Darby averaged 18.6 points and 4.1 rebounds, while Moore averaged 14.9 points, 4.0 assists and 2.9 steals to be named the 2017 All-West Tennessee co-Newcomers of the Year.

"I expected us to be able to compete for the district title because I had played with these girls before, and I know how to play with them," Moore said. "It was a great experience."

Darby and Moore play totally different positions for the Lady Yellowjackets, so they know how to feed off of each other and attack in two different ways.

"We were used to playing with each other," Darby said. "We knew what our strengths and weaknesses are."

So what does each feel like her strength is?

"I feel like I see the floor really well, and I know when and where to pass it," Moore said.

"My strength is my height and being able to play in the post," Darby said.

Moore does more of the ball handling, working on breaking presses and running the offense, which Darby feels complements her game.

"She can dribble the ball, unlike me, so she can help us get into our offenses," Darby said.

Darby is more of a threat under the basket, and she has the ability to score 30 points on any given night, which complements the play of Moore.

"Tess' shooting helps that when I pass it to her, she has a quick release," Moore said.

Greenfield reached the region semifinals this season before losing to Dresden. Darby felt that the Lady Yellowjackets should have done more, but she is ready to put in the work this offseason for next year.

"I want to get stronger," Darby said. "That was one of the hard parts about last year was going up against bigger, stronger people."

Moore also has her sights set on being better for next season.

"I want to be more of a leader next year," Moore said. "We have a lot of potential with the ability to go to state."

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