The Greenfield-Central girls basketball team picked up one of its most significant wins in recent years with a 48-41 victory over Class 3A No. 1-ranked Rushville Saturday.
The visiting Cougars led 30-16 at halftime, but the Lions (4-1) outscored G-C 14-2 in the third quarter to cut G-C’s advantage to 32-30 with eight minutes remaining.
“We made some clutch plays in fourth quarter, led by Shelby (Oldham) and Savannah (Girolami),” said G-C coach Doug Laker, a Rushville grad and former boys basketball assistant coach for the Lions. “They made some clutch baskets.”
Oldham had 12 points and Girolami finished with 11 points. Freshman Madison Wise added 10 points for the Cougars (3-3), who were 1-9 against the Lions over the previous 10 years.
“This is a great win for our program,” Laker said. “It’s a unique environment down there in Rushville. You’re down 10 points when you walk through the door. Girls basketball is the No. 1 sport. Our girls were playing in front of 2,000-plus people in a hotly contested environment.
“And, to be honest, people don’t like me down there because of the way I coach, very demonstrative. And they weren’t happy when it was over.”
Rushville fans were likely doubly unhappy; the Lions are without Sarah Cook, who averaged 13.7 points through the team’s first three games before suffering a knee (ACL) injury. She missed Saturday’s game and is out for the year.
Laker credited G-C’s Katie Helgason and Regan Lewis with solid defense on the Lions’ remaining scoring threats, including senior MacKenzie Campbell, who was held to eight points.
Paige Conley added seven points for the Cougars and Lewis had six points.
Mt. Vernon 53, Pendleton Heights 51
Sydney Shelton hit two free throws with three seconds remaining to secure the final margin for the Marauders Saturday.
The visiting Arabians (5-2, 2-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference) missed a runner near the lane at the final buzzer.
Shelton had 21 points for MV, which improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the HHC. Olivia Coleman added 18 for the Marauders.
New Palestine 49, Delta 26
In just their sixth game of the season, the Dragons equaled their win total from the 2012-13 season.
Haley Stratman had 14 points and Natalie Kehrt and Carly Hackler chipped in nine points each for New Palestine (3-3, 1-0 HHC), which was 3-18 a year ago.
Kehrt also had seven rebounds and five assists, both team-highs, while Emma Laughlin grabbed six steals.
Delta dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in the HHC.
New Palestine 72, Rushville 62
Ryan Curry registered 22 points and Brandon Jonas had a double-double to lead the Dragons to their first victory of the young season.
Down 13-11 entering the second quarter, New Palestine outscored the Lions 27-19 to head into halftime with a 38-32 lead.
“We did a nice job of using our size advantage to get better shots and, because of that, our shooting percentage was better than Friday night,” said New Palestine coach Adam Barton, whose squad opened the season on Friday with a 71-54 loss to Center Grove.
Curry hit four 4-pointers, Connor Roach contributed 11 points and Seth Cox had nine points for New Palestine (1-1).
Jonas had 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go along with a team-high 14 rebounds.
“Brandon Jonas was very aggressive off the dribble and did a tremendous job on the boards,” Barton said.
Rushville fell to 1-1. The Lions beat Shelbyville 67-64 in overtime in their season-opener.
Perry Meridian 73, Greenfield-Central 62
The Cougars (0-4) produced their highest offensive output in nearly two years, but it wasn’t enough to keep from falling to the visiting Falcons.
Tate Hall (23 points), Griffin Lowe (16) and Dallas Pribble (10) paced G-C, which hadn’t scored more than 60 points since a 66-55 win over Shelbyville on Jan. 21, 2012.
Curtis Green had 17 points for Perry Meridian (3-0).
Mt. Vernon 2-3 at Westfield tourney
The Marauders beat Northwest and Speedway in an invitational at Westfield on Saturday.
Colin McAtee went 6-0 with six pins for MV, while Tatum Franklin and Chance Ahlbrand each went 4-1.
“I am very happy the way my wrestlers competed all day,” MV coach Tyler Hercamp said. “The first two rounds were against very good teams (Terra Haute South and Ben Davis). But that didn’t stop them from giving it their all for the rest of the day.
“I could not be prouder of this team. They are aggressive and are always pushing to get better.”
Eastern Hancock at the Cambridge City Invitational and New Palestine at the New Castle 6-Way were canceled Saturday due to inclement weather.
Tuesday, December 10
Swimming — NP at Beech Grove, 5:30
Wrestling — EH at Triton Central, 6:30; Pendleton Heights at MV, 6:30
Girls basketball — North Decatur at EH, 7:30; Richmond at GC, 7:30; MV at Anderson, 7:30; Shelbyville at NP, 7:30
Wednesday, December 11
Wrestling — Warren Central at GC, 6:30; MV at Cathedral, 6:30
Thursday, December 12
Swimming — Rushville at EH, 6; GC at Pendleton Heights, 5:30; Hagerstown at MV, 5:30
Girls basketball — EH at Northeastern, 7:30
Friday, December 13
Girls basketball — GC at NP, 6
Boys basketball — Northeastern at EH, 7:30; GC at NP, 7:30; MV at Pendleton Heights, 7:30
Saturday, December 14
Swimming — EH at EH Invite, 9 a.m.; MV at Hamilton Heights, 9 a.m.; NP at East Central Relays, 11 a.m.
Wrestling — EH at Kenny Kerns Invite at North Putnam, 9 a.m.; GC at Perry Meridian Invite, 9; MV at Lapel Invite, 9 a.m.; NP at Columbus North Invite, 9 a.m.
Girls basketball — Yorktown at MV, 12:30
Boys basketball — EH at Anderson Prep, 7:30; NP at Jennings County, 7:30
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