One day after a tough home loss, the Greenwood boys’ basketball team ended the regular season Friday on a positive note – besting Edmonson County 57-47 at Greenwood High School.
On a night when Greenwood honored its four seniors – Dylan DeWitt, Hunter Sewell, Edin Hasanovic and Colton Crump – the Gators used hot shooting in the first and third quarters to build big leads.
“I thought the guys did a great job, and I am proud of my four seniors and everything they have accomplished,” Greenwood coach Jason Stonebraker said. “I thought we did a great job of harnessing the energy of senior night and coming out prepared and focused – like the team I know we are.”
Greenwood hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter, building a 17-8 advantage.
The Gators went cold in the second quarter, missing six straight attempts at one point, allowing Edmonson County (9-14) to cut the deficit to 24-20.
Greenwood caught fire again in the third quarter, with DeWitt scoring six points to fuel a 12-2 run that helped the Gators extend the margin to 36-22.
Edmonson County came roaring back one more time, getting as close as 50-47 after a Michael Poteet putback with 1:17 left in the game. The Wildcats were unable to get any closer, with Greenwood going 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final minute.
“I can’t say enough about my kids’ heart,” Edmonson County coach Darryl Travis said. “Our execution was a little lacking tonight, a few bad shots and a few bad decisions, but I can’t say anything about their heart.”
DeWitt paced the Gators with 20 points, while Sewell added 14 points.
Austin Sowders paced Edmonson County with 17 points.
Greenwood will face Bowling Green at 7 p.m. Thursday in the District 14 Tournament at Warren East High School.
Edmonson County will face Butler County at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the District 12 Tournament at Butler County High School.
ECHS 8 12 9 18 — 47
GHS 17 7 17 16 — 57
EC —Sowders 17, Woodcock 13, Hinkley 11, Poteet 3, Caudill 2, Hines 1
GW —DeWitt 20, Sewell 14, Schneller 8, Fee 7, Stockton 4, Crump 3, Lewis 1
Edmonson County 66,
Greenwood 63 (girls)
Madison Rich had 20 points and 11 rebounds, including two free throws with 0.6 seconds left to seal the win for the Lady Cats.
Edmonson County (17-8) built a 19-12 lead midway through the second quarter off the strength of eight points from reserve Rachel Duncan, but Greenwood (12-18) rallied.
Katie Douglas sparked a 10-2 run that gave the Lady Gators the advantage. Douglas finished with 11 in the first half, helping Greenwood take a 26-24 advantage into the locker room at the break.
The Lady Gators pushed the lead to 30-24 before Edmonson County used a 10-3 run to regain the advantage, taking advantage of Greenwood’s Lauren Maupin picking up her fourth foul.
Even with its leading scorer on the bench, Greenwood took a 50-46 lead early in the fourth period.
Edmonson County rallied again, surging ahead 57-52 after two Rich free throws with 2:05 remaining.
Greenwood made one final push, with a Riley Hartis putback cutting the deficit to 64-63 with four seconds remaining.
Hartis was fouled on the bucket and had a chance to tie but missed the free throw. Rich secured the rebound and was fouled, setting up her two game-clinching free throws.
“I always like to have the ball in Madison’s hands at the end of the game,” Edmonson County coach Ted Hill said. “I told them at halftime we needed to pull out the win here, in a tough place to play, and get momentum (for the district tournament). You never want to go in the tournament with a loss, so this will help us out.”
Caitlin Simon added 13 points, while Rachel Duncan finished with 11 points for Edmonson County.
Rose Mary Jackson led Greenwood with 14 points. Douglas had 13, Maupin had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the final home game of her prep career, and Samantha James added 11 points.
The Lady Gators ended the regular season losing nine straight, but Greenwood coach Todd Tolbert said he was encouraged by the way his team played Friday.
“We had positives from our game,” Tolbert said. “We were more active. Our defense was a lot better and we rebounded better. We looked like a team out there tonight. We had four people in double figures.
“We had the toughest schedule in the region in this stretch. If you really evaluate, we didn’t play that bad. We played a lot of good teams that made us look bad. If we play like (we played tonight) in the tournament, then I like our chances.”
Greenwood will face Warren East at 6 p.m. Monday in the District 14 Tournament at Warren East High School.
Edmonson County will face Butler County at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the District 12 Tournament at Butler County High School.
ECHS 11 13 20 22 — 66
GHS 8 18 21 16 — 63
EC — Rich 20, Simon 13, Duncan 11, Carnes 8, Lindsey 5, Basil 4, Martin 3, Hodge 2.
GHS — Jackson 14, Maupin 13, Douglas 13, James 11, Meador 7, Hartis 5.