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Girls Basketball Wrap: Cougars rout CCL in opener


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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.

In the first 37 seconds, both Regan Lewis and Wise stepped in front of CCL passes at midcourt and drove for hoops. Wise would convert a three-point play after her steal.

Sophomore Savannah Girolami and Helgason followed with threes to pad the margin to 30-11.

With the matter now well in hand, G-C made it even worse for the Eagles, ripping off 10 more points without answer. Girolami canned another trey and stole for a layup, Lewis scored on a back-door pass from Girolami, and sub Paige Conley made a bomb.

Junior starters Shelby Oldham and Lewis scored eight and six, respectively, with Oldham adding four steals.  Girolami had eight points and five steals.

“Regan and Shelby led by example,” Laker said. “(The young players) have learned on the fly. We tell them one thing and they go out and do it. But we have to adjust, but that’s our job as coaches to show them X’s and O’s.”

Notes: The Cougars were outrebounded 33-21, but the Eagles’ lack of shots had a lot to do with that. … Madeline Gibson and Morganne Denny both scored 10 to help power the G-C JV over CCL 45-9. … The Cougars visit New Castle Tuesday, the second of three on the road for G-C to open the season.

Mt. Vernon 48, Connersville 33

The Marauders won their season opener on the road Friday behind 28 points from Sydney Shelton.

Ariana Sandefur added 11 points for MV. Olivia Coleman had eight points.

MV is in action Tuesday at Class 4A Lawrence Central.

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VARSITY

Greenfield-Central 50, Cambridge City Lincoln 22

GC — Helgason 2-3 0-0 5, Wise 5-12 3-3 13, Oldham 3-8 1-2 8, Lewis 3-6 0-0 6, Girolami 3-7 0-2 8, Bell 1-7 0-0 3, Conley 2-4 0-0 5, Wolfe 0-1 2-2 2, Gruell 0-2 0-2 0, Flora 0-0 0-0 0, Gibson 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-50 6-11 50.

CC — Pennington 1-2 0-0 2, Klein 1-3 4-6 6, Bryant 1-7 3-8 5, Hall 0-1 1-4 1, Meal 1-5 1-4 3, Trumbo 0-0 0-0 0, Crouch 2-3 0-0 5, Neff 0-0 0-0 0, Lewellen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 6-21 9-22 22.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

GC (1-0)  9 10 21 10 — 50

CC (0-1) 3 8 7 4 — 22

Three-pt. field goals: GC 6-20 (Girolami 2-4, Bell 1-6, Helgason 1-2, Oldham 1-2, Conley 1-2, Lewis 0-2, Wise 0-2), CC 1-4 (Crouch 1-2, Pennington 0-1, Meal 0-1).

Rebounds: GC 21 (Lewis 3, Gruell 3, Wise 2, Oldham 2, Girolami 1, Bell 1, Team 9), CC 33 (Klein 6, Pennington 5, Bryant 5, Meal 4, Hall 2, Trumbo 2, Team 9). Assists: GC 8 (Helgason 2, Oldham 2, Girolami 2, Wise 1, Bell 1), CC 5 (Klein 2, Hall 1, Meal 1, Crouch 1). Steals: GC 17 (Girolami 5, Oldham 4, Conley 3, Lewis 2, Wise 2, Helgason 1), CC 3 (Pennington 1, Klein 1, Meal 1).  Blocks: GC 5 (Wise 4, Oldham 1), CC 1 (Bryant 1). Fouls: GC 20, CC 13. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: GC 13, CC 35.

JV

Greenfield-Central 45, Cambridge City Lincoln 9

GC — Denny 10, Gibson 10, Flora 9, Gruell 8, McDaniel 3, Addison 2, Warren 2, Jackson 1.

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