GREENFIELD - A victory, even a moral one, it wasn't for Greenfield-Central's boys basketball team Tuesday night against Beech Grove.
But the Cougars had little to be ashamed about as far as their performance opposite a quick and deadly Hornets squad in the season opener for both sides, in which the visitors prevailed 58-43.
Of G-C's 18 defeats last year with a very young team, the smallest margin was 17 points. With the valuable, if painful, experience under their belt, the Cougars figure to be much more competitive this time around, and they gave BG a very good game for three quarters.
The Cougars led 23-21 at the half and in part repelled a Hornet rally in the third to trail by three, before BG pulled away late and outscored G-C 24-12.
"When they went on that little run the first time, we responded, but when they went on that run in the fourth, we just couldn't counter that, " G-C coach Josh Johnson said. "That's what basketball is and we'll get better."