GREENFIELD — With 6:05 left Friday night, Greenfield-Central’s boys basketball team retook the lead it briefly lost, after being ahead by 13 points earlier in the contest with Rushville.
The Cougars went on to a 9-0 run after Tate Hall put them ahead 40-38 with a 3-point basket, and they wanted dearly to protect their new-found advantage.
Enter Derek Conley.
The senior guard proved as reliable as Santa to young ones on Christmas morning, as he completed a stunning string of 17 consecutive made free throws in the second half with 12 over the final 5:07.
That preserved G-C’s 59-47 win and finally put the Cougars in the win column in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, while giving the Lions a gag gift in their farewell HHC hoops gig. Rushville is headed to the Eastern Indiana Conference after this school year.
G-C (4-14, 1-6 HHC) ended a nine-game conference skid and has its first two-game win streak since late in the 2010-11 season.