RICHMOND — Greensburg won a semistate title on Saturday and, if it does a little searching, a handful of cash.
The Pirates dominated Mt. Vernon in a matchup unbefitting of the state’s two top-ranked teams in the 3A semistate at Richmond on Saturday afternoon.
Sean Sellers knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to open the game, and No. 2 Greensburg controlled the rest of the action in an impressive 62-37 victory.
No. 1 Mt. Vernon (24-2) set season-worsts for points scored and points allowed and fell one game short of its often-stated goal of reaching the State Finals. Instead, it’s the mostly juniors and sophomores of Greensburg (25-1) who will meet No. 7 Fort Wayne Concordia (23-4) Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Marauders were motivated enough to reach downtown Indy that, in a regular season showcase vs. New Castle at Bankers Life Dec. 8, MV coach Steve Lynch took up a collection and stuffed a few bucks in a certain nook of the Fieldhouse. The thought was, the Marauders would return to claim their cash from the hidden location three months later after grabbing sectional, regional and semistate titles.
Instead, Saturday’s semistate booty belonged to the Pirates, who not only shot the ball well — they knocked down four of their first seven 3-point attempts on the way to an 18-7 lead — but beat the generally older and usually more physical Marauders by a 35-21 rebounding margin.
“Defense is what won it for us,” said Greensburg coach Stacy Meyer, who guided the program to its first state finals appearance. “When we knocked down some early shots, I think it tightened up our defense even more.