Greensburg — The North Decatur girls basketball team needed a strong offensive performance against an improving Greensburg squad, and the host Lady Chargers responded with a 68-57 win over the Lady Pirates.
North sophomore guard Mary Hughes tallied a career-high 31 points.
North jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but Greensburg scored the next eight points with the help of two 3-pointers from junior Abbey Denton. The Lady Chargers, though, went on an 8-3 run to go up 15-10.
Greensburg senior Joanna Redelman and junior Jessica Banaschak led a Pirate rally that lifted their team to a 26-24 halftime lead.
Hughes, however, hit four triples in the first four minutes of the second half to put North up 38-33. North led the rest of the way and went inside to seniors Ali Wallpe and Anna Wallpe, putting Greensburg in foul trouble.
Pirate sophomore guard Taylor McIntosh stepped up and helped Greensburg chip at the double-digit deficit. She scored 15 of her 16 points after the break, but Hughes and North senior Emma Geis went to work at the foul line.
Ali Wallpe tallied 17 points for North, while Geis added 10.
Denton finished with 17 points to lead the Pirates.
North improves to 8-3 on the season, while Greensburg falls to 3-10.
Greensburg’s junior varsity team defeated North 46-29 in the first game. Sydney Meyer led all scorers with 19 points. Meyer shot 11-for-18 from the foul line. Allie Geis added 11, while Kate Porter and Samantha Cain each scored six.
Samantha Krieger and Chelsea Hitchcock each led North with nine points.
A full story with complete statistics from both games will be published in a future print edition of the Daily News and online.
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