By Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News
The Greensburg girls basketball team controlled the first half of Tuesday’s game against visiting Batesville, and most of the third quarter. However, Batesville rallied for a 56-54 win in overtime.
Greensburg led most of the first quarter and expanded it in the second. The Pirates withstood two Batesville 3-pointers with four points from sophomore Taylor McIntosh and defensive press. Junior Jessica Banaschak gave her team a nine-point cushion with four points late in the half, and the Pirates went into the break ahead 21-14.
Greensburg opened the second half with a triple, making it 24-14. The margin stayed at 10 three minutes later when junior Abbey Denton hit another Pirate trey, but Batesville fought back. Denton scored nine points in the third quarter, including a score off junior Chelsea Hersley’s steal, and the Pirate lead was 35-26 after three.
Batesville’s height and size presented problems for Greensburg, though, and foul trouble enabled the Bulldogs to rally and take a 38-37 lead with five minutes left. Senior Joanna Redelman’s four quick points helped the Pirates stay within a one-point margin, but the hosts needed a stop. Despite a defensive rebound by McIntosh, Greensburg committed a 5-second violation with 1:04 left in regulation. A Greensburg starter later fouled out, but the Bulldogs could not cash in at the foul line.
Just seconds later, sophomore Keauna Schultz asserted herself in the paint and hit a layup to put Greensburg up 45-44 with 45 seconds left. Head coach Mike Miller was impressed with Schultz’s would-be game-winner.
“That was a nice play on her part, a good strong move,” he said.
However, another Pirate fouled out, allowing Batesville to force overtime with a free throw with 24 seconds remaining.
The Bulldogs scored the first four overtime points at the foul line. However, Greensburg pulled to within one, 49-48. Four points apiece from Redelman and Banaschak, including a triple by Banaschak, were not enough to lift Greensburg.
Three Greensburg starters and two Batesville starters fouled out before the extra session.
Head coach Mike Miller, though, said his team fought its hardest to prevail.
“Our competitiveness and willingness to really battle was outstanding all night,” said Miller. “Like I told them, I can’t feel back about how they approached it in terms of battling and competing to win. Our effort, concentration and competitiveness were excellent. There are just a few things we have to work on.”
Denton tied a game-high with 14 points, including two triples and 6-for-15 from the foul line. Banaschak followed with 13 points, while Redelman finished with 11. McIntosh scored five, while Schultz and sophomore Maddi Hellmich each scored four. Junior Chelsea Hersley chipped in three.
The Pirates struggled from the foul line, hitting just 16-for-37 for 43 percent.
“You can’t expect to beat a good team when you don’t make free throws,” said Miller, “and when you give up 17 or 18 offensive rebounds.”
Greensburg is now 4-13 on the season and 1-5 in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference, while Batesville is 10-7 overall and 2-3 in the EIAC.
Greensburg next hosts Oldenburg Academy tomorrow night (Friday), which originally was scheduled at OA. The junior varsity tips off at 6 p.m.
Junior Jessica Wagers led Batesville with 14 points. Senior Chelsea Paul scored 13, while senior Bailey Baumer scored 11 (three treys).
The Greensburg junior varsity team dominated Batesville 45-28. The Pirates led 11-7 at the first stop and 19-11 at the half. Greensburg answered a 12-6 Batesville edge in the third quarter with a 20-5 fourth-quarter advantage.
Sydney Meyer led Greensburg with 15 points. Allie Geis scored 11, while Samantha Cain scored seven. Claire Fleetwood, Kasey Moeller and Kate Porter each chipped in four.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.