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Cougars show improvement in loss to Hornets


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     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."

BG sealed it with an 8-for-10 fourth quarter, while the Cougars made just 4-of-13 shots. The Hornets connected at 55 percent for the night while G-C was 24 percentage points lower.

     "We let their good shooters get open, but we shot well as times because we were taking higher percentage shots," Johnson said.  "I think when we forced shots we didn't shoot very well.  We made one tough shot and took about 12 tough shots."

     The Cougars' long-range highlights were three unanswered three-pointers in the first quarter, two by Jordan Keener and the other by Derek Conley, that put G-C up 11-10.

    A Conley basket with 1:25 left in the first half gave the Cougars a 23-21 lead they would take to the break.

    The Hornets, opened the second half with a four-point play by Joey Cardenas and that began a 9-0 run.  BG kept its advantage the rest of the way.  Cardenas led all scorers with 22 points.

    Conley ended with 16 and Keener, like Conley a senior, had 14.  Keener canned 4-of-9 three-point tries.

     G-C used its slight height advantage, and hustle, to grab 27 rebounds against 22 for the Hornets.  Grant Wolfe led the Cougars with five boards.

      "I thought our guys improved a lot rebounding from last year," Johnson said.  "Last year, we just got annihilated on the boards some days, and we did a better job (Tuesday)."

     Notes — Wolfe scored the Cougars' first points of the season, a basket off a feed from Cole Olesky...This was the first meeting between G-C and BG since the 2005-06 season.  The Cougars won that night, and it was also the last season in which G-C opened with a win...G-C is at Whiteland Saturday.

VARSITY

Beech Grove 58, Greenfield-Central 43

SCORE BY QUARTERS

BG (1-0)      12     9    13   24 — 58

G-C (0-1)    11    12     8   12 — 43

    BG — Sublett 8-12 1-1 17, Pich 4-6 0-0 8, Cardenas 7-12 3-3 22, Chumley 2-4 1-2 6, Jennings 1-2 0-0 2, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Dyson 0-2 1-2 1, Barbee 0-0 0-0 0, Zoellner 0-0 0-0 0, Kinkead 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 0-1 2-2 2, Hizer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-40 8-10 58.

    G-C — Wolfe 3-8 0-0 6, Oleksy 2-4 3-4 7, Keener 5-12 0-1 14, Z. Batton 0-2 0-0 0, Conley 5-14 4-4 16, Hall 0-3 0-0 0, Irbe 0-3 0-0 0,  T. Batton 0-2 0-0 0, Pribble 0-0 0-0 0, Gellert 0-1 0-0 0.  Totals:  15-48 7-9 43.

    Three-pt. field goals:  BG 6-12 (Cardenas 5-6, Chumley 1-3, Sublett 0-1, Jennings 0-1, Dyson 0-1), G-C 6-17  (Keener 4-9, Conley 2-5, Hall 0-2, Wolfe 0-1).

    Rebounds:  BG 22 (Sublett 7, Pich 4, Cardenas 4, Chumley 1, Jennings 1, Williams 1, Team 4), G-C 27  (Wolfe 5, Keener 4, Z. Batton 3, Hall 2, Irbe 2, T. Batton 1, Pribble 1, Conley 1, Team 8).  Assists:  BG 13 (Pich 4, Chumley 3, Jennings 3,  Sublett 1, Cardenas 1, Dyson 1),  G-C 7 (Oleksy 2, Keener 2, Conley 1, Irbe 1, T. Batton 1).  Steals:  BG 6 (Sublett 2, Dyson 1, Williams 1, Cardenas 1, Chumley 1), G-C 7 (T. Batton 2, Oleksy 2, Keener 1, Hall 1, Irbe 1).  Blocked shots:  BG 3 (Pich 2, Cardenas 1), G-C 1 (Oleksy 1).  Total fouls:   BG 15 (Sublett fouled out),  G-C 16 (Keener fouled out).  Turnovers:  BG 16, G-C 18.

JV

Beech Grove 46, Greenfield-Central 45

G-C:  Diehr 20, Lowe 7

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