Sports Roundup – December 30

Daily Reporter staff reports

LEBANON — The Greenfield-Central boys basketball team bounced back quickly from their opening-round loss the night prior to split Friday at the Lebanon Tournament.

The Class 4A Cougars defeated Indianapolis Herron 86-52 in the morning and lost to 2A No. 16 Heritage Christian 47-34 in the evening to place sixth overall at the two-day, eight-team tournament.

Against Herron, Greenfield-Central built a 14-11 lead after the first quarter and erupted for 24 points in the second quarter to head into halftime ahead 38-17.

The Cougars’ offense continued to pour it on in the third quarter, scoring 29 points. Greenfield-Central shot 50 percent from the field and was 9 of 20 from 3-point range to coast toward its fourth win of the year.

Matt Turner posted a team-high 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting, while Will O’Connor had 19. O’Connor was 6 of 11 from the field and hauled in nine rebounds. Brian Long finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Logan Graddy and Caleb Mundell each chipped in eight points.

Against Heritage Christian, the Cougars’ hot shooting faded as the deep ball failed to fall through.

Greenfield-Central converted 2 of 18 jumpers from beyond the arc and shot 29 percent from the field in the game to fall behind 24-14 by halftime.

They were outscored 23-20 in the second half as the Eagles held onto their lead for the final 16 minutes.

Long had a team-best 10 points and nine rebounds in the loss. O’Connor added nine points and five rebounds. Graddy had eight points and five rebounds. Turner provided six points.

The Cougars lost to Class A No. 7 Gary 21st Century 43-36 in the tournament’s opening round Thursday night.

The opposing Cougars built an 18-5 lead against Greenfield-Central after the first quarter but watched their advantage slip away in the second.

Greenfield-Central charged back with a 15-point second frame to narrow the gap 26-20 by halftime. However, Gary 21st Century edged past the Cougars 17-16 in the second half to escape with the win.

Greenfield-Central head coach Lukas Haworth credited his team’s defensive effort for the near victorious performance. The Cougars held Gary 21st Century nearly 30 points below their season scoring average.

Graddy led Greenfield-Central with 11 points in the game, followed by O’Connor’s and Turner’s eight points. Long added seven points and Mundell had in two.

Girls basketball

Marauders take second at Twin Lakes

The Mt. Vernon girls basketball team finished runner-up at the Twin Lakes Holiday Tournament on Friday.

The Marauders opened the tournament with a 51-21 win agianst Carroll (Flora) on Thursday, advancing into the semifinals Friday. In the morning session Friday, Mt. Vernon defeated Valparaiso 49-43.

They lost in the championship game to Crown Point 51-43.

Sophia Williams, Mary Fleming and Sydnee Perry were each named to the all-tournament team. The Marauders are now 7-9 on the season.

Cougars place 2nd at Shootout

The Greenfield-Central girls basketball team finished runner-up at its own Holiday Shootout on Thursday.

The Class 4A Cougars won their opening game 47-29 against Hauser on Wednesday night to take a 1-0 lead in the round-robin tournament.

On Thursday, they defeated Indianapolis Herron 44-18 before losing to Class 2A No. 6 Winchester 71-54.

Winchester won the team title after going 3-0, followed by Greenfield-Central at 2-1. The Cougars are now 6-11 on the season.

Coed Swimming

Cougars boys take 2nd at Roncalli

The Greenfield-Central boys swimming team finished second at the Roncalli Holiday Invitational on Wednesday with 539 points.

Bloomington South won the invite at the IUPUI Natatorium with 612 points, while Floyd Central was third with 449. Brownsburg was fourth at 389, and Perry Meridian took fifth at 183. Roncalli was sixth at 124.

The Cougars won seven events with Chris Joven taking first in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles. He was part of the team’s winning 200 freestyle relay along with Zach Cook, Travis Black and Ethan Kile.

Joven teamed with Sam Jennings, Kile and Cook to place second in the 400 freestyle relay.

Cook was first in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Kile was second in the 200 IM and first in the 100 breaststroke.

Ben Rader won the 1-meter diving competition, while Jennings was third in the 500 free. Black took third in the 50 free.

Cougars girls finish 4th at Roncalli

The Greenfield-Central girls swimming team scored 356 points for fourth place overall during the Roncalli Holiday Invitational held at the IUPUI Natatorium on Wednesday.

Bloomington South won the team title with 584 points. Brownsburg was second at 552, Floyd Central was third at 434, Perry Meridian was fifth with 250, and Roncalli was sixth with 127 points.

The Cougars had four top-three finishers at the meet. Carley Logan placed third in the 200 free and second in the 500 free.

Maci Montgomery was second in the 1-meter diving competition. The 400 free relay team finished third.