By Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News
Greensburg — The Greensburg girls basketball team played its first game in front of a home crowd Tuesday night against Shelbyville.
In a game riddled with fouls and turnovers from both squads, the Pirate supporters were treated to a pair of comebacks by the team in blue.
However, Greensburg (0-2) fell 52-48 in the closing minutes. Greensburg captured an 8-2 lead on a 3-pointer by junior Abbey Denton, who followed it up with a pair of free throws. Sophomore Taylor McIntosh then drained a triple before Shelbyville answered with its own trey, making it 8-5.
Denton answered with another 3-ball, making it 11-5 less than halfway through the first quarter.
Shelbyville went on a 12-0 run, though, putting the Pirates in a second-quarter hole. Greensburg chipped away at the lead with a score from junior Jessica Banaschak and a pair of triples from sophomore Maddi Hellmich. The home team pulled to within two on another Denton trey, and McIntosh stepped to the foul line after drawing a 3-shot foul with the time expired. McIntosh hit all three foul shots, giving Greensburg a 29-28 lead at the half.
Head coach Mike Miller’s team enjoyed its largest lead of the game on the shooting of junior Chelsea Hersley, who gave the Pirates a 39-30 lead.
However, foul trouble followed coach Mike Miller’s team into the fourth quarter. Shelbyville climbed back ahead 40-39, but sophomore Keauna Schultz put her team back on top with a rebound basket with 6:40 left in the game. Schultz answered another Golden Bear score with a basket, but it signaled the Pirates’ final lead. The closest they were the rest of the way was 47-46 on a Banaschak jumper with 1:30 to go.
Banaschak’s five fourth-quarter points and Schultz’s four were not enough to help Greensburg prevail.
Denton led the Lady Pirates with 13 points. Hellmich followed with eight points. Denton and Hellmich each hit a trio of 3-pointers as Greensburg shot eight total. Banaschak finished with seven points, Hersley scored five and Schultz added four. Hitting a free throw apiece were senior Joanna Redelman and freshman Claire Fleetwood.
Greensburg shot 12-for-23 from the foul line, and Shelbyville shot 21-for-35.
The Greensburg junior varsity team beat Shelbyville 30-17 in the first game. Sydney Meyer led her team with 16 points. Sophomore Mary Kate Porter followed with a 3-pointer, and Samantha Cain also scored three points. Adding two apiece were junior Savannah Harrison, sophomore Allie Geis, sophomore Maddy Schroeder and Fleetwood.
The Lady Pirates travel to South Decatur (1-2) Friday night.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.