Greensburg looked to end their losing streak on Saturday night when they hosted Jennings County. Coming off a heartbreaking loss to South Decatur Friday night in which South won on a last second shot, the Pirates left no chance for the Panthers to do the same. Greensburg won their first game of the year, 56-51.

The Pirates jumped out to an early lead on the back of Ally Tressler, but before the end of the period, Jennings County had battled back to pull within one point of the Pirates.

The second period was almost identical to the first. Greensburg again built up a nice lead. This time, however, it wasn’t Tressler who was doing the damage to the Panthers, it was Kylee Wilson. Before Jennings County knew what hit them, Wilson had hit back-to-back shots in two trips down the floor for five points. Then only minutes later, put in another bucket that forced the Panthers to call a time-out.

Greensburg had a comfortable 10 point lead, 27-17, but the persistent Panthers came crawling back again, and cut the Pirate lead to only two points before the end of the half.

After the break, Greensburg continued their smothering defense, which opened up the offense, and Tressler took full advantage. She had an offensive breakout in the third quarter, dropping 10 points on the Panthers, and helped increase the Pirated lead to 12 by the end of the third.

In the fourth quarter, the Panthers again wouldn’t go down without a fight. They came back once again, and cut the Pirate lead to five, but that is all the closer they would get. Greensburg held them off, and exchanged baskets with them until the end of the game.

"I’m really proud of our players. Last night (Friday) was a very difficult loss for us," said Pirate coach Mike Miller. "We came in here this morning for two-and-a-half hours to prepare for tonight."

The Greensburg coach was really pleased with the way the girls didn’t give up after Jennings County kept coming back.

"Our ability to keep increasing the lead after they came back, and holding them off at the end is a real confidence builder for us. Confidence is a huge thing for us right now. We fought through that tonight," added Miller.

"We needed a win. That was a really great effort by all the girls tonight," said Miller.

The Pirates were lead by Tressler who had a game-high 22 points, three rebounds and four assists. Kylee Wilson finished with 11 points, one rebound and three assists. Taylor Hunter and April Hershauer both scored seven for the Pirates. Hunter also added one rebound and four assists, while Hershauer added four rebounds.

Kari Wilson and Carolyn Moore added three points each. Moore also had four rebounds and Wilson added one board to her total. Kelsea Ice contributed with two points and Ciara Hershauer finished with one point and three rebounds. Christin Spurlin didn’t score any points, but had a great performance underneath the basket pulling down five rebounds.

In junior varsity action, the Pirates continued their winning ways, beating the Panther reserves in dramatic fashion. The Pirates trailed by five to start the fourth quarter, but battled back. Late in the quarter, Sara Welage hit a huge three from the corner to tie the game, and then won the game from the free-throw line, 32-28.

Welage and Carlee Eversole lead the Pirates with 10 points each. Taryn Ownes and Hannah Barnes-Israel both scored four, while Kim Koors, Emily Colson, and Erica Oakley scored two, one, and one points respectively.

The Pirates next game is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., when the Pirates welcome last year’s conference champions East Central to town.

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