Cougars get opening win

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For the Daily Reporter

GREENWOOD — Greenfield-Central used its height and outside shooting to secure a 67-50 win against host Greenwood on Thursday night.

It was also a night of firsts for the respective coaches — the first win for Bradley Key as Greenfield-Central’s coach, and the first loss for Woodmen first-year man Justin Bennett.

Solid was the word for the Cougars (1-0), who played well on both offense and defense and held a sizable advantage on the boards.

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“Our team came out and played well and that was my big concern,” Key said. “Really happy with our group tonight. We still have some things to work on, but that’s to be expected in the first game.”

One thing the Cougars didn’t need to work on was the way they broke the Woodmen’s pressure, which had been so vital in Greenwood’s season-opening win at Bloomington North.

Once Greenfield-Central figured out the press, it made things difficult for the smaller Woodmen.

“We didn’t rotate quick enough in our press,” Bennett said. “We looked lethargic at times, but they did a good job of taking care of our pressure.”

The Woodmen were outscored in every quarter by Greenfield-Central, which had four players in double figures.

Leading the way for the Cougars was junior Hannah Farrell with 22 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Addison Hill added 13 points, while Lydia McIntire and Haleigh Pribble added 11 each.

Pribble’s presence was a nice thing for Key, as he said she has not played basketball since the 6th grade.

Leading the way for Greenwood were junior Ashley Buster and sophomore Brooklyn Stubblefield with 14 points each.

For Bennett, it wasn’t the kind of game he was hoping for, but he was content — not with losing, but with his team’s play.

“We gave ourselves a chance to be competitive,” said Bennett. “We showed we that we can climb back into the game if we need too. Greenfield is tough.”

The Woodmen hit on 11 three-point shots and were a perfect 9 for 9 from the line.

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Greenfield-Central 67, Greenwood 50

Greenfield-Central;19;10;25;13;—;67

Greenwood;10;8;12;20;—;50

Greenwood (1-1): Sarah DeCastro 0-3 0-0 0, Bailee Taft 3-12 0-0 9, Ashley Buster 3-9 5-5 14, Jenna Sawyer 1-4 2-2 4, Brooklyn Stubblefield 5-11 0-0 14, Quinn Kelly 2-4 2-2 6, Kristen Whobrey 0-2 0-0 0, Anna Pritchett 1-4 0-0 3, Kyra Adkins 0-0 0-0 0, Kiersten Powell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-49 9-9 50.

Greenfield-Central (1-0): Hannah Farrell 8-16 4-5 22, Crystal Peterson 1-6 2-2 5, Addison Hill 5-6 1-2 13, Keryna Barrett 1-2 0-0 3, Lydia McIntire 5-11 1-2 11, Haleigh Pribble 5-8 1-4 11, Caroline Gibson 1-3 0-0 2, Brooke Herrell 0-0 0-0 0, Haley Arthur 0-0 0-0 0, Kylie Rodgers 0-0 0-0 0, Zoe Starks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-53 9-15 67.

3-point goals: Greenwood 11 (Stubblefield 4, Taft 3, Buster 3, Pritchett), Greenfield-Central 6 (Farrell 2, Hill 2, Peterson, Barrett). Rebounds: Greenwood 19 (Sawyer 4), Greenfield-Central 32 (Farrell, Pribble 8). Turnovers: Greenwood 25, Greenfield-Central 22. Total fouls: Greenwood 16, Greenfield-Central 11.

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