Greensburg — Few things in high school basketball are more difficult to do than beating a conference rival, especially twice in a season.
The Greensburg boys basketball team accomplished the most challenging task of defeating its biggest rival, Batesville, a third time Saturday to capture a third straight sectional championship.
The top-ranked Pirates beat the eighth-ranked Bulldogs 61-55 and hoisted the Greensburg Sectional 29 trophy in front of a sold out crowd. The title also marked the Pirates’ fifth in the past six seasons.
“Give our kids credit,” said Greensburg head coach Stacy Meyer. “To beat somebody three times is very difficult, especially a team like Batesville.”
Greensburg advances to the Washington Regional for a third straight year and will take on unranked Silver Creek, which upset sixth-ranked Brownstown Central 37-36 Saturday in the North Harrison Sectional 30 Championship. The regional semifinal will tip off at 10 a.m.
Greensburg trailed Batesville just once Saturday, but only after building a 6-2 lead. Pirate senior Bryant McIntosh scored right off the opening tip, and junior Ryan Welage scored on the next possession to make it 4-0.
Batesville got on the board at the 6:29 mark of the opening period on a layup by junior Bryan Hoeing. McIntosh answered with a jumper, making it 6-2 with 5:31 left. Junior Blake Walsman and Hoeing each scored to tie it up, but McIntosh put the Pirates back up 8-6.
The Bulldogs assembled a 7-2 run to take a 9-8 lead. Hoeing had given his team its only lead with a 3-pointer at the 2:10 mark.
Senior Sean Sellers put Greensburg up for good with 1:45 left in the first, and senior Collin Rigney then converted a 3-point play to make it 13-9. Rigney’s and-one was forced by the first foul of the game, at the 1:13 mark.
Senior Macy Holdsworth capped the first quarter scoring with a triple.