NEW PALESTINE — The Greenfield-Central boys played a near-perfect second quarter Friday to take a commanding lead at New Palestine.
The Dragons, however, were even better than the visiting Cougars in the third quarter and won the Hoosier Heritage Conference contest going away, 59-47.
Down 34-20 at halftime after helplessly watching Greenfield-Central drain 7-of-9 3-point attempts, New Palestine (2-1, 1-0 HHC) couldn’t get to the locker room quickly enough.
“That’s a little different than what our scouting report thought was going to happen,” New Palestine coach Adam Barton said of the Cougars’ early accuracy. “But, we always talk about, if someone’s hitting shots on you it gets contagious. And they all relaxed and started hitting shots, and we let them.
“It’s something we discussed at halftime. Looked like we were asleep in the first half. And I thought our pressure and just our attitude, we fired up a little bit in the second half.”
An up-and-down first quarter ended with the Cougars on top 17-15. With only one turnover between the squads, they mostly went shot for shot, with G-C knocking down four 3-pointers between Geordan Stump, Tate Hall and Dallas Pribble; and Ryan Curry tallying nine points for the hosts.
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