NEW CASTLE — For the first 14 minutes of its Sectional 9 semifinal contest vs. Richmond Friday at New Castle, Greenfield-Central’s unpopular but necessary game plan was working beautifully — in the eyes of the ball holders.
On nearly every offensive possession, the Cougars were burning as much as a minute off the clock with crisp chest passes amid chants of “boring, boring” from the Red Devil faithful. But, the red-and-white’s defense was scrambling, and more often than not, G-C wound up with an open shot. And some of those shots were falling.
But as halftime approached, Greenfield faltered and Richmond took advantage, using a 7-0 run to close the first half and lead 23-16 at the break. The onslaught picked up steam in the final two quarters, with the Red Devils outscoring the Cougars 47-15 in the second half to prevail 70-31.
4A No. 7 Richmond (21-2) plays three-time defending sectional champion Pendleton Heights (16-7) in tonight’s Sectional 9 championship, looking to claim the storied program’s first sectional title in 18 years.
Friday, the Cougars (5-18) led 11-8 after a quarter on the strength of eight points from sophomore guard Tate Hall. The Red Devils surged ahead 16-11 early in the second frame, but G-C rallied to level the game at 16 with just over two minutes remaining.
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