G-C drops to 0-3




Greenfield-Central is getting close, but it’s not quite there yet.

The Cougars trailed by one, 11-10, after the first quarter against New Castle, but surrendered 24 second-quarter points en route to a 55-41 defeat.

The loss dropped G-C to 0-3 on the season.

“We played a lot harder overall. We’re still getting better as far as playing a whole game,” G-C coach Josh Johnson said. “I told people we played about 27 of the 32 minutes."

Zach Batton and Derek Conley paced G-C with 11 points each.

Jordan Keener added eight points and seven rebounds.

“Zach really stepped up. He was really aggressive. He was aggressive in all aspects of the game,” Johnson said of the sophmore guard. “In fact, that was the most aggressive he’s played in his high school career.”

New Castle was led by Steven Bennett’s 17 points. Korey Ryan added 14 points for the Trojans (2-1), who were coming off a 59-50 loss to New Palestine on Nov. 24.

Greenfield-Central has a quick turnaround, as it plays its second road game in as many days today against a resurgent Perry Meridian squad.

The Falcons are 2-0 after going 3-18 a season ago.

“If we can rebound from what we did tonight with with the same energy level, it should be a good game,” Johnson said.

John Hodge of the New Castle Courier Times contributed to this article.

VARSITY

New Castle 55, Greenfield-Central 41

GC — Z. Batton 5-8 0-0 11, Keener 2-10 2-2 8, Conley 5-12 0-0 11, Irbe 0-2 3-4 3, Wolfe 3-6 0-0 6, Hall 1-4 0-0 2, T. Batton 0-1 0-0 0, Pribble 0-0 0-0 0, Lowe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 16-43 5-6 41

NC — Bennett 6-8 1-4 17, Ryan 4-9 6-7 14, Goolsby 3-5 1-2 7, Orr 1-3 0-0 3, Haler 2-10 0-0 6, Sorrell 2-4 2-2 8, Bumbalough 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 18-39 10-15 55

SCORE BY QUARTERS

G-C (0-3) 10 6 13 12 — 41

NC (2-1) 11 13 15 16 — 55

Three-point goals: G-C 4 (Keener 2, Z.Batton 1, Conley 1), NC 9 (Bennett 4, Haler 2, Sorrell 2, Orr 1).

Rebounds: G-C 26 (Keener 7, Conley 5, Irbe 4, Wolfe 3, T.Batton 2, Z.Batton 1, Hall 1); NC 26 (Bennett 8, Goolsby 6, Ryan 4, Sorrell 3, Orr 2, Haler 1). Total fouls: G-C 18, NC 8. Fouled out: Irbe (G-C). Turnovers: G-C 8, NC 4.

JV

Greenfield-Central 38, New Castle 35

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