CAMBRIDGE CITY — Beginning a season by defeating Cambridge City Lincoln has long been a rite for Greenfield-Central’s girls basketball program.
Friday, the Cougars made it 10 in a row over the Eagles on opening night, handling the hosts 50-22 behind a stellar debut by freshman Madison Wise, among others.
Wise, one of two freshmen starting for G-C, not only led all scorers with 13 points but also blocked four of the Eagles’ 21 shots.
“We had two eighth-graders last year (also Katie Helgason) playing varsity basketball for the first time, and they played really well,” G-C coach Doug Laker said. “That’s what’s special about these kids.”
The 5-foot-11 Wise was the biggest player in a five-guard lineup and her size and athleticism belied her age, as her output and defensive effort bore out.
Wise certainly wasn’t alone. All of the Cougars’ first eight put the clamps on CCL (0-2), holding it to the 21 shots as well as gaining 33 takeaways.
The Eagles made only six buckets, and had more free throws and attempts at the line (9-for-22) than field goals and tries.
The Cougars put distance between themselves and CCL early, despite not shooting particularly well.
G-C in building a 19-11 halftime lead hit just 31.8 percent of its field-goal tries, and was 2-for-11 from three-point range.
“We kind of knew (we would struggle) going in,” Laker said.
But the Cougars’ energy level would pick up dramatically, as they enjoyed a 21-2 run to begin the second half.