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Mid-season hoops report: Greenfield-Central


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SO FAR

Last season, Greenfield-Central did not acquire its second victory until Jordan Keener’s last second triple hit nothing but net on Feb. 9 vs. Knightstown.

The Cougars (2-9) broke that barrier down last Saturday with an impressive 56-39 victory over Triton Central.

G-C’s offensive (33.6 to 43.9) and defensive (62.8 to 53.8)  per-game averages have progressed in Year 2 of a rebuilding project, but it’s the blue and gold’s improvement on the offensive end that has narrowed its average game margin down to minus-9.9 from minus-29.2 a season ago.

That enhancement comes partly from the 2012-13 unit shooting 40.1 percent as a team, up from the 33.7 mark put up by its predecessor.

Coach Josh Johnson said his team is valuing each offensive opportunity, which has resulted in better shot selection and more open looks.

“We’ve had really long possessions. That was our staple (before last season),” said Johnson, in his fourth year. “People don’t want to guard it. It helped us be in games.”

STUDS

Derek Conley and Jordan Keener — Conley (13.3 ppg) and Keener (10.8) both reside in the top six of the county scoring leaders, and each has his own specialty.

Conley is the area’s top free-throw shooter (88.5 percent). Keener ranks third in 3-point shooting (40.9 percent) and second in 3-pointers made with 27.

Both have been consistent all season, with Conley notching double figures in nine games and Keener reaching that mark in six contests.

“Every game they’re scoring for us,” Johnson said of his two seniors.

 

SURPRISE

Tate Hall — Recently, the 5-11 freshman guard has aided Conley and Keener in the scoring column, with point totals of 13, nine and 12 in G-C’s last three games.

Hall is especially effective behind the arc, where he has sunk 14 of his 37 3-point attempts, eight of which have come in the past three contests.

“We have some people stepping up,” Johnson offered. “Tate has been putting up some points for us.”

2ND HALF

The Cougars have the opportunity to rack up victories in the season’s stretch run.

Winnable games against Shelbyville (2-10), Eastern Hancock (2-10), Greenwood (1-9) and Knightstown (2-7) are on G-C’s upcoming menu.

“I think every game we have left is going to be a competitive game,” Johnson said of his team’s schedule. “There aren’t any gimmies.”

There certainly won’t be any gimmies in the Cougars’ sectional, which includes Anderson (10-2), Richmond (10-5), host New Castle (7-4) and Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Pendleton Heights (7-5).

“I like where we’re headed. We’re starting to learn a little bit,” Johnson said. “We’re getting in a groove with each other.”

 

LEADERS

(per game)

SCORING

13.3 l Derek Conley

10.8 l Jordan Keener

REBOUNDING

3.2 l Cole Oleksy

ASSISTS

3.0 l Zach Batton

2.5 l Derek Conley

FIELD GOAL %

41.5 l Tate Hall

40.8 l Derek Conley

FREE THROW %

88.5 l Derek Conley

76.9 l Jordan Keener

3-POINT %

40.9 l Jordan Keener

SCHEDULE (2-9)

Nov. 20     Beech Grove {3A}       L   43-  58     

Nov. 24     at Whiteland {4A}       L   60-  71     

Nov. 30     at New Castle {4A}       L   41-  55     

Dec. 1     at Perry Meridian {4A}       L   38-  51     

Dec. 7     New Palestine {4A}‡       L   40-  68     

Dec. 14     at Yorktown {3A}‡       L   44-  45     

Dec. 29     at Eastern Hancock {2A}     ot W   54-  53     

Dec. 29     Mount Vernon (Fortville) {3A}       L   20-  51     

Jan. 4     at Mount Vernon (Fortville) {3A}‡       L   49-  62     

Jan. 11     at Plainfield {4A}       L   38-  39     

Jan. 12     Triton Central {2A}      W   56-  39     

Jan. 19     Shelbyville {4A}‡     7:30 pm     

Jan. 25     Pendleton Heights {4A}‡     7:30 pm     

Jan. 26     at Eastern Hancock {2A}     7:30 pm     

Feb. 1     Delta {3A}‡     7:30 pm     

Feb. 2     Greenwood {4A}     7:30 pm     

Feb. 7     at Knightstown {2A}     7:30 pm     

Feb. 15     Rushville {3A}‡     7:30 pm     

Feb. 16     at Cambridge City Lincoln {2A}     7:30 pm     

Feb. 19     Connersville {4A}     7:30 pm     

‡HOOSIER HERITAGE CONFERENCE GAME

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