PENDLETON — Greenfield-Central was one of two teams that stood between Pendleton Heights and an outright Hoosier Heritage Conference boys basketball title.
While the final score showed otherwise, G-C turned out to be a not-so-minor impediment to the Arabians’ aspirations Friday night.
PH did pull away from the Cougars 55-36 and handed them their sixth straight defeat, but G-C competed very well with the Arabians in the first half and limited their scoring chances.
“It’s the same story, but we controlled the tempo in the first half and the score was where we wanted it to be (22-15 at halftime),” G-C coach Josh Johnson said. “We were taking 15-20 seconds to get a good shot, and that helped us a lot.”
The Cougars (1-13, 0-4 HHC) trailed just 14-12 some 90 seconds into the second quarter, and Tate Hall scored the first basket of the second half to make it a five-point game.
But after that, PH (10-3, 5-0 HHC) basically shut the door on the Cougars and, with less than three minutes left in the third, the Arabians were ahead 36-19.