It doesn’t have to be pretty and it sure wasn’t Wednesday in Memorial Gym in Rushville. Pretty doesn’t matter, only advancing matters and that is what the Lady Pirates were able to do against conference rival Franklin County. A low scoring game saw the Lady Pirates shut out the Lady Wildcats in the third quarter and hold on for the 30-24 victory in the Rushville Sectional 29.
Franklin County ends its season at 2-19 and Greensburg moves to 12-9 and on to the sectional semifinal Friday at Rushville.
Franklin County opened the game with buckets by Taylor Kocker and Cara Maples. Greensburg came back with four straight – buckets by seniors Hayley Williams and Heidi Dance. The Lady Wildcats closed the first quarter with five straight points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Carly Bentz to grab the 9-4 lead after one quarter.
The Lady Wildcats scored just one point in the first five-plus minutes of the second quarter. During that stretch, the Lady Pirates pulled even at 10-10. Sophomore Jessica Banaschak had four of the Lady Pirates six points. Franklin County’s Maples had a put-back bucket and Autumn Koors hit a free throw to put the Lady Wildcats in front 13-10 at the half.
The third quarter belonged to the Lady Pirates. Franklin County could not buy a bucket and went 0-for-2 at the charity stripe. An Abbey Denton 3-pointer tied the game early in the quarter and then buckets by Banaschak and freshman guard Taylor McIntosh put the Lady Pirates in front for good at 17-13 heading to the fourth quarter.
Both teams had their best offensive output in the final quarter. The Lady Pirates scored 13 and the Lady Wildcats scored 11. A Banaschak bucket pushed the lead to six, but Franklin County’s Koors hit from beyond the arc to cut the deficit to 19-16. After the Lady Pirates rebuilt the lead to six, Maples hit a 2-pointer to cut the deficit to 25-22. Highlighting the home stretch was a bucket by freshman Keauna Schultz and a rebound basket by Dance. Providing cushion were two Denton free throws and a McIntosh jumper, while Dance came up with a steal and Clare Owens grabbed two more to preserve the lead.
The Lady Pirates closed out the game on a 5-2 run to earn a berth in the sectional semifinal Friday.
Banaschak led the Lady Pirates with 10 points. Sophomore Abbey Denton and McIntosh both had six. Dance scored four, while senior Hayley Williams and Schultz each added two.
Maples led the Lady Wildcats with 11 points.
The Lady Pirates will play Madison (17-4), the 77-44 winner of Wednesday’s second game over South Dearborn.
Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222 ext. 114.