Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

February 4, 2014

Buzzer-beater boosts Lady Pirate seniors

By Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — The Greensburg girls basketball team rallied Saturday on Senior Night with clutch shots late in a 48-47 win over Lawrenceburg.

Junior Jessica Banaschak hit a putback basket as the buzzer sounded, helping the Lady Pirates honor seniors Joanna Redelman and Sydney Wettering.

Greensburg trailed by 14 points going into the fourth quarter, but key plays by several players led to the comeback win. The Pirates held Lawrenceburg to just four points in the final eight minutes.

“We had a lot of people make important plays,” said head coach Mike Miller. “Whenever you play well defensively, it leads to that.”

Lawrenceburg led 14-8 after the first quarter, and expanded it to 30-18 at the half. Seeing the Lady Tigers lead 43-29 going into the fourth, the Lady Pirates took over the game.

“We played some of our best basketball in the fourth quarter,” said Miller. “We got stops, did a good job finding open teammates and made good shots.”

Junior Abbey Denton hit two 3-pointers in the final period, while sophomore Taylor McIntosh scored six points – including a triple. Sophomore Maddi Hellmich added her own trey during the rally.

Trailing 47-46, Greensburg rebounded a missed Lawrenceburg free throw as the clock wound down. Seconds later, Banaschak's rebound basket beat the clock for the win.

Greensburg outscored the Tigers 19-4 in the fourth quarter.

Miller was pleased that Redelman and Wettering could celebrate their day with a win like that.

“I was really pleased with a couple things,” he said. “I was really pleased that we were able to finish like that on Senior Night. Sydney was really good defensively, especially in the second half. Joanna did a great job rebounding the ball and did a great job on the boards.”

McIntosh led Greensburg with 13 points, including two treys. Denton followed with 10 points (2 treys). Banaschak scored nine, including 5-for-6 FT’s. Hellmich scored three, while Schultz (2-for-4 FT’s) and Sydney Meyer added two apiece.

Greensburg shot 13-for-21 (62 percent) from the foul line.

“We just need to play with consistency, and if we can find that and build on that, we can end the season on a positive note. I think we will.”

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.