NEW CASTLE — Playing in the largest high school gymnasium ever constructed, Greenfield-Central nearly rewrote the history books Friday night. (Or at least the section on Indiana high school basketball).
Fighting its own sectional demons and going up against the Hoosier hoops heavyweight that is the New Castle Trojans, the Cougars gave the hosts all they could handle before falling 63-49 in the 4A Sectional 9 semifinals at New Castle Fieldhouse.
The Trojans (13-9) will take on Pendleton Heights (14-9) today at 7:30 p.m., hoping to claim the school’s 58th sectional title.
The Arabians knocked off Richmond 66-54 in Friday’s first semifinal.
Playing with the confidence of a team that had won three of its final four regular season games and unaware that it had not won a postseason game in nearly 11 years, G-C (5-16) stunned New Castle at the start, jumping out to a 9-3 advantage behind the play of post Griffin Lowe.
Then, after falling behind 23-17 at half and 43-27 after three quarters, the Cougars inched as close as seven points midway through the fourth before the Trojans put the game away at the free-throw line.