The streak is over.
After losing the past 16 meetings, Greenwood dug itself out of the hole Tuesday night. Behind an all-around performance, the Gators recorded a 54-42 win over longtime District 14 opponent Bowling Green – the program’s first against the Purples since Feb. 3, 2012 – on their home court.
“Bowling Green’s got a fantastic team over there,” Greenwood coach Will McCoy said. “We knew it wasn’t gonna be easy. We knew they were gonna go on their runs. What I’m most proud of is we started this win on the defensive end and we finished on the defensive end. We withstood their runs and we just stuck to our game plan tonight.”
Greenwood (3-3 overall, 1-0 District 14) led 13-9 after the opening quarter, took a 26-20 advantage into the locker room at halftime and remained in front throughout the second half to come out on top with the marquee victory.
Noah Stansbury finished with a game-high 24 points for the Gators, while Cade Stinnett scored 14 points.
“My teammates found me, and coaches knew a game plan,” Stansbury said. “I shot well the last couple games and just carried it into this game.”
Isaiah Mason paced Bowling Green (3-3, 0-1) with 15 points. Jaxson Banks added 11.
Stansbury made a 3-pointer to give Greenwood an 8-4 lead, but Mason answered with an and-one on the other end to bring Bowling Green within a point at the 2:25 mark of the first quarter. The Gators soon held a 13-9 advantage after one as Stansbury was already up to 8 points and Mason had scored five.
Trace Flanery’s and-one helped Bowling Green cut Greenwood’s lead to 13-12 early into the second, but Stansbury hit another triple soon after to put the Gators up 16-12 at the 6:46 mark.
Trailing 26-18 with just seconds remaining in the half, Mason knocked down a deep jumper from near the top of the wing to cut Bowling Green’s deficit to 26-20 at the break. Mason was up to 11 points after a pair of quarters, while Stansbury had scored 15.
“We were composed,” Stansbury said. “Same thing like against Glasgow – we got out to a good start. Whenever you play with a lead, it’s a whole lot easier to play than coming from behind like we did the games we lost.”
Stinnett’s fast-break basket put Greenwood up 28-20 at the 5:36 mark of the third, but Conner Cooper responded with a triple on the opposite end to bring Bowling Green within 28-23.
Marc Grant splashed a deep triple from the left wing to put the Gators up 34-23 with just under two minutes left in the period, but Banks quickly scored five straight points to bring the Purples within 34-28 entering the fourth.
Stansbury opened the final quarter with a 3 to make it 37-28, and Ben Carroll then followed up with one of his own on the next possession to give Greenwood a 40-28 lead. The Gators extended their run to 10-0 before Cobi Huddleston capped it with a bucket to cut Bowling Green’s deficit to 44-30 with just under five minutes left.
“For me to sit here and tell you that ‘we played awful,’ that wouldn’t be fair to them,” Bowling Green coach Derrick Clubb said. “They’re a good basketball team. They deserved to win tonight. They made more plays, their kids were more aggressive over 32 minutes than our kids were. I thought our kids played hard – I’m proud of our kids for battling back. Obviously, we think we can play better. We’ve just gotta get back in the gym and work on some things.”
Banks’ score brought the scoreboard to single digits at 44-36, but Stinnett quickly scored on the other end to make it a 10-point contest at the three-minute mark. Leading 48-38 with 1:27 left, Greenwood was able to hit late free throws and knock off Bowling Green.
“This was a huge win for us,” Stinnett said. “We came out against Glasgow our first Region (4) game and killed it, then came out the next week kind of in a flunk a little bit. This is a huge bounce-back game for us.”
Added Stansbury: “It’s huge. This is a statement win in the state. Everybody’s watching Bowling Green every night, checking their scores. They see that Greenwood beat ‘em – not a lot of people know who Greenwood is … but they will now.”
The Gators return to action Friday on the road at South Warren, while the Purples will face Christian County on Saturday in the South Warren Shootout.
BGHS – 9 11 8 14 — 42
GHS – 13 13 8 20 — 54
BGHS: Isaiah Mason 15, Jaxson Banks 11, Conner Cooper 7, Cobi Huddleston 6, Trace Flanery 3.
GHS: Noah Stansbury 24, Cade Stinnett 14, Ben Carroll 5, Parker Williams 5, Marc Grant 3, Jamari Hawkins 2, Dakota Ware 1.
Girls: Bowling Green 60, Greenwood 26
Keyozdon Jones scored a game-high 20 points and Saniyah Shelton finished with 16 to lead the Bowling Green girls’ basketball team to a dominating 60-26 win Tuesday night at Greenwood.
The Lady Purples (5-1 overall, 1-0 District 14) jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the 6:34 mark of the first quarter and quickly pushed theit advantage to 23-0 after eight minutes of action. Bowling Green forced Greenwood into 11 turnovers in the period and never allowed the Lady Gators to get into a rhythm.
“Man, they came out flying around – our kids did defensively,” Bowling Green coach Calvin Head said. “They did exactly what we asked them to do – just really come out and set the tone defensively.”
Jones’ 3-pointer from the left wing pushed Bowling Green’s lead to 35-7 with 2:39 remaining in the second – and the Lady Purples were soon up 37-11 at halftime. Jones was already up to 13 points at the break, while Shelton had scored 12.
Leia Trinh was carrying Greenwood with nine points and finished with that same amount, while Nicole Milam also had nine. The Lady Gators (3-3, 0-1) committed 15 first-half turnovers and finished with 19.
Bowling Green – led by Jones – continued to execute in the second half, outscoring Greenwood 23-15, and never looked back as it opened district play with a victory.
“We were real motivated,” Jones said. “This is a big district game, so we had to come and pull it out. I just came to do what I usually do – put points on the board, play defense and just do what’s best for my team.”
Both teams return to action Friday night as the Lady Purples meet Butler at 9 p.m. in the Queen of the Commonwealth tournament at Bullitt East and the Lady Gators travel to South Warren for a 6 p.m District 14 matchup.
BGHS – 23 14 14 9 — 60
GHS – 0 11 4 11 — 26
BGHS: Keyozdon Jones 20, Saniyah Shelton 16, Janiya Bailey 8, Aiayna Gurley 5, Payton Briley 3, Ava Bennett 2, Taniya Fugate 2, Emma Huskey 2, Meadow Tisdale 2.
GHS: Nicole Milam 9, Leia Trinh 9, Kayla Grant 4, Megan Une 4.