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GREENFIELD — When a team has more turnovers than points at the half, and one of its opposing players has outscored it collectively, the result is usually predictable.

That meant an 11th defeat for Greenfield-Central’s boys basketball team Friday night.

Pendleton Heights made very good on the bulk of 14 Cougar giveaways during the first half, and it got worse from there for the hosts, as the Arabians cruised to a 74-24 victory.

The statistical lowlights were many for G-C (2-11, 0-5 Hoosier Heritage Conference):

* The Cougars scored in single digits in each of the first three quarters (nine, four and one points).  In the second period, G-C made only one field goal.

* While G-C barely scored more points than its number of turnovers (23), it put up only 22 shots, and made seven (31.8 percent).

* PH’s Kurt Talbert not only outscored the Cougar team 17-13 in the first half, he ended up with 19 points while G-C’ s starters combined for 16.  Derek Conley had nine, Tate Hall four and Cole Oleksy three.

* This isn’t much of a silver lining, but the Cougars improved upon their point total from last season’s PH match, in which the Arabians won 85-22.  Friday’s defeat was the worst for G-C since that game.

“That’s two games in a row where we didn’t show Cougar pride,” G-C coach Josh Johnson said, also referring to a 17-point home loss to Shelbyville (3-11) last week.  “I don’t know, there aren’t too many comments to be said.  It was ugly.”

PH great Kellen Dunham may now be at Butler, but it obviously didn’t make any difference to the Cougars a year later who suited up for the Arabians. PH has plenty of firepower, and G-C gave it plenty of opportunities to use that.

The Arabians had a relatively modest 18-9 lead through one quarter, but it was much more one-sided than that.  PH scored its last 16 points of the period off either Cougar miscues or an offensive foul.

PH concluded the first half with a 9-0 run to make it 34-13, and ripped off 17 unanswered points to close out the third quarter and in the process quadruple G-C’s count, 56-14.

Six different Arabians combined to make 10 three-point baskets, and PH did a great job anticipating the Cougars’ passes and on the other end converted on many fast breaks.  The Arabians totaled 13 steals and 18 assists.

“Some things that we worked on all week in practice  didn’t carry over into the game (Friday),” Johnson said.  “The coaches have to do a better job of carrying it over, and the players got to do it too.  We had a lot of dumb turnovers, and they were dumb turnovers.

“We take time out of practice to correct mistakes. We fix them, but it doesn’t happen in a game. And it has to get done.  It was a bad effort and a bad game, and we have to get better.”

Notes:  It was PH’s 10th consecutive win over the Cougars.  ... At halftime, Gary Pence and the Casto family (Gary, Matt, Jason and Jackie) were inducted into the G-C athletic hall of fame. ... Cougars’ starting guard Jordan Keener (ankle) did not play. Johnson said Keener is “day-to-day.” ... A 3-pointer by PH at the buzzer gave its JV team a 43-40 win over G-C. Freshman Blake Robertson led the Cougars with 11 points. ... Greenfield-Central visits Eastern Hancock (3-10) tonight.

BOYS VARSITY

Pendleton Heights 74, Greenfield-Central 24

PH — Gary 4-10 2-2 12, Talbert 9-15 1-2 19, McCardwell 0-0 0-0 0, Buck 1-4 0-0 2, McDermott 3-8 3-3 11, Brizendine 3-4 0-1 7, Moore 5-8 0-0 12, Brown 2-3 0-0 6, Hardy 0-1 2-2 2, Dunham 0-1 0-0 0, Robertson 1-1 0-0 3, Phillips 0-1 0-0 0. Totals —  28-56 8-10 74.

GC — Oleksy 1-1 1-2 3, Wolfe 0-0 0-0 0, Conley 2-6 4-4 9, Z. Batton 0-0 0-0 0, Hall 1-5 2-3 4, T. Batton 2-3 0-2 6, Gellert 0-0 0-0 0, Pribble 0-3 0-0 0, Lowe 1-1 0-2 2, Stump 0-0 0-0 0, Bean 0-2 0-0 0, Robertson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals — 7-22 7-13 24.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

PH (8-6, 4-2 HHC)    16    18     22   18  — 74

GC (2-11, 0-5 HHC)     9     4       1    10  — 24

Three-pt. field goals: PH 10-23 (Gary 2-5, McDermott 2-7, Moore 2-2, Brown 2-3, Brizendine 1-1, Robertson 1-1, Buck 0-2, Dunham 0-1, Phillips 0-1), GC 3-10 (T. Batton 2-2, Conley 1-4, Hall 0-2, Gellert 0-1, Robertson 0-1).

Rebounds: PH 26 (Talbert 9, Gary 4, McCardwell 2, Brizendine 2, Brown 2, Phillips 2, Buck 1, McDermott 1, Dunham 1, Team 2), GC 19 (Z. Batton 3, Oleksy 2, Conley 2, Pribble 2, Lowe 2, Hall 1, T. Batton 1, Gellert 1, Bean 1, Team 4). Assists: PH 18 (Gary 7, Buck 6, Brown 2, Brizendine 1, McDermott 1, Moore 1), GC 4 (Z. Batton 1, Conley 1, Pribble 1, Stump 1). Steals: PH 13 (Moore 5, Gary 2, Talbert 2, Buck 1, McDermott 1, Moore 1, Dunham 1), GC 1 (Conley 1).  Blocks:  PH 1 (McDermott 1), GC 1 (Oleksy 1).  Total fouls: PH 13, GC 10. Fouled out: None. Turnovers:  PH 3, GC 23.

JV

Pendleton Heights 43, Greenfield-Central 40

GC — Robertson 11, Lowe 8, Bean 7, Diehr 6, Stump 6, Fields 2.

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