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Plainfield beats Greenfield to snap 19-game skid


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PLAINFIELD — Victories have eluded Greenfield-Central’s boys basketball team for most of this season, and had entirely for Plainfield, the Cougars’ foe Friday night.

Friday provided a great opportunity for one of these squads to soothe longstanding frustration and gain sorely needed momentum.

G-C did get hot against the Quakers, but only for brief stretches. And that’s a big reason why the Cougars took a long and quiet bus ride on Interstate 70 back to Greenfield.

Plainfield rode out a late rally and last-second three-point miss by the Cougars and finally got into the win ledger, 39-38. The Quakers snapped what had been the state’s longest losing streak, 19 games dating to last January.

The Cougars (1-9) scored six points in the second quarter and three the next, and that won’t win games, regardless of the opponent. They also looked baffled against Plainfield’s press, and on the other end missed several easy baskets.

“We didn’t execute our game plan and we just didn’t make the plays we needed to,” G-C coach Josh Johnson said. “I don’t know if we got winded, but we made some mental errors and that’s something we’ve got to improve upon.”

G-C had a 12-5 lead after nearly five minutes, but the game quickly got away from the Cougars.

The Quakers (1-9) went ahead 15-14 with a minute left in the first quarter, and with five minutes until halftime they regained command at 20-18, and stayed in front the rest of the way.

G-C went 8:02 without scoring, until freshman Tate Hall sank a three-pointer to make it 29-23 with 1:28 to go in the third.

Plainfield led by as many as 11 at the third break, but the Cougars closed to within 36-35 on another Hall triple, with 2:23 remaining.

Trailing 38-35, G-C had chances to perhaps tie on two straight possessions, but traveled the first time and then had the ball stolen.

Hall’s third three, with 19.2 to go, made it 39-38. Plainfield’s Luke Jones was fouled and missed the first of a one-and-one, the Cougars rebounded and fed to Jordan Keener, whose three-point try at the horn banged off the glass.

“We thought it would be about a five-point game one way or the other, and it was,” Johnson said. “(The Quakers) made a few plays when they needed to, and we need to make a couple more.  We need to do a better job of making each possession important.”

Derek Conley had 12 points and six rebounds, both highs for the Cougars.  Hall finished with nine points.

G-C shot just 35 percent for the game and in the middle quarters it made only 2-of-13 attempts.

“Basketball comes down to making baskets,” Johnson said.  “How many layups did we miss, five or six?  You’ve got to put the ball in the hoop.

“It’s a long season and we can’t let one game kill us or knock us down.”

Notes: It was the first win for Andy Weaver as Plainfield’s coach. ... G-C equaled its second-lowest point total of the season (also 38 at Perry Meridian). ... The Cougars’ JV squad beat Plainfield 29-26, behind Griffin Lowe’s 19 points. ... G-C hosts Triton Central (1-12) tonight.

VARSITY

Plainfield 39, Greenfield-Central 38

GC — Oleksy 0-2 2-4 2, Wolfe 1-4 2-2 4, Conley 4-11 3-3 12, Keener 1-4 4-5 6, Z. Batton 1-2 0-2 2, Hall 3-4 0-0 9, T. Batton 1-2 0-0 3, Gellert 0-0 0-0 0, Pribble 0-3 0-0 0. Totals — 11-32 11-16 38

PL — Jay 1-2 2-2 5, Courtney 3-4 3-4 9, Jensen 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 3-8 0-1 9, Williams 2-7 3-4 8, Kurkowski 4-8 0-0 11, Maple 0-1 0-0 0, Aldridge 0-0 0-0 0, Nichols 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 13-30 8-11 39.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

GC (1-9)     14     6   3  15 — 38

PL (1-9)      15   10  9    5 — 39

Three-pt. field goals: GC 5-10 (Hall 3-4, Conley 1-3, T. Batton 1-1, Pribble 0-2), PL 5-16 (Kurkowski 3-5, Jay 1-2, Williams 1-5, Jones 0-4).

Rebounds: GC 23 (Conley 6, Keener 5, T. Batton 3, Oleksy 2, Wolfe 1, Z. Batton 1, Hall 1, Gellert 1, Pribble 1, Team 2), PL 21 (Maple 6, Courtney 4, Jay 3, Kurkowski 2, Aldridge 1, Jensen 1, Jones 1, Williams 1, Team 2). Assists: GC 5 (Keener 2, Conley 1, Hall 1, Gellert 1), PL 6 (Jay 3, Jones 2, Williams 1). Steals: GC 4 (Keener 4), PL 6 (Courtney 2, Jay 1, Jones 1, Williams 1, Maple 1). Blocks: GC 1 (Oleksy 1), PL 2 (Courtney 2). Total fouls: GC 16, PL 16. Fouled out: Wolfe (GC). Turnovers: GC 10, PL 11.

JV

Greenfield-Central 29, Plainfield 26

GC — Lowe 19, Robertson 4, Bean 3, Stump 3.

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