Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

January 11, 2013

Lady Pirates top North in defensive thriller

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — The Greensburg girls basketball team found itself down 8-4 after the first quarter and 11-4 in the second, but the hosting Pirates chipped away and held off a North Decatur rally to win 42-39 Thursday. The Lady Pirates’ win cut the rivalry’s recent history from a 6-4 North edge in the past 10 years to an even 5-5 mark.

Neither team scored a point until North senior Jenna Meyer hit a rebound basket at the 3:56 mark of the first quarter. Meyer scored six points early to help her team build its lead.

Freshman Taylor McIntosh put Greensburg on the board at the 2:37 mark to tie it.

The teams exchanged leads twice in the first quarter. Greensburg senior Heidi Dance put her team on top to make it 4-2 with 2:08 left in the first, but a Meyer score and senior Cindy Krieger’s layup off a steal lifted North 6-4 with 57 seconds left. Two Meyer free throws gave North an 8-4 lead after the first eight minutes.

Greensburg head coach Mike Miller, who was honored before pre-game introductions for reaching the 100-win milestone as the Lady Pirates’ coach, was impressed with the defensive intensity from both squads.

“I thought both teams played really hard defensively,” said Miller. “There was a lot of effort both ways.”

North junior Abby Lamb extended the lead to 11-4 with a 3-pointer, but Pirate senior Shelby Ward answered with her own to chip it to 11-7. Ward’s bomb sparked a 29-12 Greensburg run to climb ahead 33-23 halfway through the second quarter. Greensburg scored the next 12 points on free throws by sophomore Jessica Banaschak, a triple by senior Clare Owens, and two more Banaschak free throws. Lamb stemmed the run with a jumper to make it 16-13, but the hosts pushed their lead further with a 5-0 spurt.

Still, North trailed just 23-18 at the half. Junior Myra Steele hit a 3-ball to make it a two-possession game before the break. McIntosh led all scorers with nine points at the break, while Meyer led North with six. Lamb scored five points in the second quarter.

Owens stepped up offensively with a pair of second-half triples, but North would not go away. Meyer and junior Anna Wallpe combined for four quick points, making it 37-35 with 3:25 left. Moments later, North freshman Mary Hughes drained a triple from the top of the key to give the Chargers a one-point lead at 39-38.

Banaschak, though, hit a short jumper with 35 seconds left, forcing North to foul. Owens hit both free throws with 11.5 seconds left for the final margin.

“Owens stepped up offensively,” said Miller. “Taylor McIntosh stepped up and made good plays.”

Greensburg improves to 7-8 on the season, while North falls to 7-7.

Meyer led all scorers with 17 points, including 7-for-9 from the foul line. She scored 11 points in the second half. Hughes scored six, while Abby Lamb scored five. Wallpe added four, while senior Cindy Krieger scored three and junior Myra Steele added a 3-pointer. Senior Veronica Yager chipped in one.

Owens led Greensburg with 12 points, including eight in the second half and a trio of triples. She hit 3-for-4 from the foul line. Banaschak scored 11 (5-for-6 from the line), while McIntosh scored 10. Senior Shelby Ward hit a 3-pointer, while sophomore Abbey Denton, senior Heidi Dance and junior Joanna Redelman each added two, despite Redelman’s second-half departure from the game with a lower-leg injury.

Greensburg improves to 7-8 on the season, while North is now 7-7.

“There were two things I was most pleased with,” noted Miller. “When Joanna went out with an injury, we responded well to that. Second, when we had an eight-point lead, we got a little laxed, but we went back to playing hard. At the end we had a great effort.”

Miller applauded his team’s composure down the stretch.

“At the end of the game it was excellent,” he said.

Greensburg visits Hauser Tuesday night, while North next hosts Milan Tuesday.

Wallpe hit game-winner for North JV

North Decatur’s junior varsity team won 24-22 in the first game. North junior Alison Wallpe the game-winning rebound basket before time expired. Wallpe led all scorers with 14 points, including eight points in the decisive fourth quarter alone. Sam Krieger followed with four points (2-for-2 at the foul line). Morgan Nobbe, Laura Haunert and Megan Hoover each chipped in two.

Greensburg was led by sophomore Megan Schmidt’s six, while freshman Keauna Schultz scored four. Scoring three apiece were Kasey Moeller and Maddi Hellmich. Sydney Reynolds (2-for-2 FT’s), Kalynne Asche and Sydney Wettering each added two.

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