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Girls basketball: Not pretty, but Greensburg gets the win

Jan. 24—NEW PALESTINE — It isn't always pretty, but you take a win when you get one. Greensburg's game Tuesday at New Palestine was anything but pretty. That didn't matter. All that mattered was the scoreboard after 32 minutes which read Greensburg 45, New Palestine 35.

Class 3A No. 7 Greensburg improves to 17-4 on the season. New Palestine drops to 11-10.

The first quarter belonged to the Lady Dragons. Vivian Miller opened the scoring for New Palestine. After Greensburg got a 3-pointer from Leah West, New Palestine scored the next 10 points. A rebound bucket by Sadey Hughbanks and bucket by Miller had the Lady Dragons on top 12-3.

The teams traded scores for the rest of the courter, both teams adding six points. Claire Larrison's bucket cut the deficit to 16-8 before Miller scored again to make it 18-8 after one quarter of play.

The Lady Pirates turned the tide in the second quarter. Greensburg did not allow New Palestine to score until the 1:25 mark of the quarter. Mary Harmon hit a free throw to start the second and Aly Powers added a traditional three point play. Larrison then hit a 3-pointer, assisted Powers' bucket after a steal and finished a fast break with a lay-up after another steal giving Greensburg a 19-18 lead.

Carlee Adams and Larrison both hit a free throw to keep the run going before a 3-pointer by New Palestine's Kenna Tweedy broke the ice for the Lady Dragons. West added a free throw and Mylie Wilkison hit a 3-pointer just before the half-time horn to give the Lady Pirates a 25-21 lead at the break.

Turnovers plagued both teams to start the second half. A bucket by Hughbanks for New Palestine at the 2:42 mark of the third quarter was the first of the second half for either team. After a pair of free throws by Wilkison for Greensburg, Miller hit one for New Palestine.

Greensburg held New Palestine scoreless the rest of the third quarter. Wilkison's bucket, Larrison's 3-pointer and West's free throw extended Greensburg's advantage to 33-24 heading to the fourth quarter.

New Palestine scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 33-31. West hit two free throws for Greensburg around a Blum free throw for New Palestine to push the lead to 35-32. A Hughbanks free throw followed by a Blum bucket off the Miller assist knotted the game at 35-35 with 3:04 to play.

That was all for the host squad. Greensburg closed out the game on a 10-0 run with five players scoring to give the Lady Pirates a 45-35 win.

The Lady Pirates struggle shooting the ball. Greensburg shot 39 percent from the field and missed 15 free throws in the game. New Palestine was not better, shooting 30 percent from the field and 5-of-10 from the charity stripe. Both teams had 20 turnovers.

The Lady Pirates were led in scoring by Larrison with 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals. West was also in double figures with 10 points to go with 10 rebounds and two assists. Wilkison added nine points, four rebounds and one assist. Powers tallied six points, one rebound and three assists. Harmon had two points, six rebounds and one assist. Adams added one point, one rebound and one assist.

New Palestine was led by Miller with 12 points and Blum with 11 points.

The Lady Pirates close the regular season at home against Lawrenceburg (13-9) Thursday.

North Decatur

GREENSBURG — The Lady Chargers celebrated Senior Night for Kacie Ogden and Ella Kunz Tuesday. North Decatur then clinched at least a tie for the MHC conference with a 55-18 win over Hauser.

North improves to 15-6 on the season and 5-0 in the MHC. The Lady Chargers round out the regular season at Edinburgh Thursday. Hauser is 6-17 and 1-5 in the MHC.

Ogden, who was injured prior to the first game of the season, got an opportunity to make a lay-up to open the game. The Hauser coaching staff and players were gracious in allowing this special moment for Ogden.

The Lady Chargers jumped out to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter and extended the lead to 28-9 at the half. After three quarters, the Lady Chargers led 45-14.

Kunz, who will continue her basketball career next year at Franklin College, led the team in scoring on Senior Night with 13 points.

Kelsey Haley added nine points in the contest, while Jo Whitaker had eight points. Madi Allen was back in action for the game and connected for six points. Ally Whitaker put in six points, while Carmen Thackery scored five points. Clare Kinker and Sydney Rohls both added three for the Lady Chargers.

The junior varsity Lady Chargers improved to 13-7 on the season and 4-0 in the MHC with a 40-24 victory over the Lady Jets.

Ally Whitaker led all scorers with 16 points. Jewel Verseman added nine points and Sydney Rohls knocked in six points. Jo Whitaker scored three points, while Emma Schoettmer and Carmen Thackery added two points. Sarah Moeller and Brooke Mauer both hit a free throw.

South Decatur at Batesville

BATESVILLE — In their final game before sectional action next week, the Lady Cougars of South Decatur traveled to Batesville Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs scored double figures in each quarter en route to a 54-27 victory.

Batesville improves to 14-9 on the season. South drops to 13-10.

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to an 14-8 lead after the first quarter. Kiley Best scores six points for South in the frame. Makayla Somers had the other two points for South. Batesville got four points from Sophie Gesell and Maddie Haskamp along with two points each from Kaylin Kathman, Alyson Peters and Claire Saner.

Batesville held the Lady Cougars to five points in the second quarter to lead 26-13. Peters had six points in the quarter to lead Batesville. South's Makayla Puckett hit a 3-pointer and Paige McQueen added a bucket.

Batesville outscored South 13-6 in the third quarter. Best and Makayla Somers both had six points for South. Lydia Haskamp and Peters both scored four for the Lady Bulldogs in the third.

Batesville put the game away with a 15-8 fourth quarter. Gesell had seven for Batesville. South got two points each from Best, Makayla Somers, Molly Eden and Taylor Somers.

For the Lady Cougars, Best led in scoring with 11 points followed by Makayla Somers seven, Puckett three, Eden two, McQueen two and Taylor Somers two.

Eden grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Brayley Sundal dished out a team-high three assists.

For Batesville, Gesell led the way with 15 points followed by Peters 14, Maddie Haskamp nine, Lydia Haskamp seven, Kathman seven and Saner two.

Contact Aaron Kirchoff at aaron.kirchoff@greensburgdailynews.com.