Gators get hot, roll past South Warren; Spartans beat Lady Gators

When Greenwood is shooting the ball like that, it is tough to handle. 

The Gators – who rely heavily on their sharpshooting to lead them in games – were on fire Friday night, knocking down 13 3-pointers en route to a dominant 73-52 win at South Warren. 

Greenwood (4-3 overall, 2-0 District 14) was hot from the start and never flipped its switch off. The Gators led 23-12 after the opening quarter, took a 42-22 lead into the locker room at halftime and went up 60-38 entering the fourth and cruised from there. 

Noah Stansbury made seven 3-pointers of his own and finished with a game-high 28 points to lead Greenwood, while Cade Stinnett finished just behind him with 25 points. Ben Carroll scored 13 points – and hit four triples – for the Gators. 

Mitchell Franklin carried South Warren (5-2, 1-1) with 18 points, and Caden Veltkamp tallied 12.

Stansbury – and Greenwood – started hot and jumped out to an 8-0 lead just 1:56 in as the guard knocked down back-to-back threes. Stansbury soon hit two more, and the team made six total in the quarter, to push its advantage to 23-12 after eight minutes of action.

Stansbury, Stinnett, Carroll and company continued to execute in the ensuing period and built a 42-22 advantage at the break. Stansbury was already up to 17 points, while Stinnett had scored 12 points and Carroll had 10. 

Greenwood remained hot in the second half. 

Stansbury’s sixth 3 gave the Gators a 48-32 lead at the 5:17 mark of the third, and they ultimately led 60-38 entering the final quarter. Greenwood was up 64-47 with 3:37 remaining and closed the show with a 21-point victory to push its win streak to three. 

Both teams face quick turnarounds as they’ll play Saturday in the South Warren Shootout. The Spartans will take on Apollo at 5 p.m., while the Gators will meet North Hardin in the 7 p.m. nightcap.

GHS –       23    19   18   13   —  73

SWHS –    12    10   16   14   —  52

GHS: Noah Stansbury 28, Cade Stinnett 25, Ben Carroll 13, Marc Grant 3, Lance Upright 2, Parker Williams 2. 

SWHS: Mitchell Franklin 18, Caden Veltkamp 12, Jonathan Hill 6, Jace Carver 5, Parker Stobaugh 5, Jason Putman 4, Tayshaun Jones 2.

Girls: South Warren 51, Greenwood 37

Brooke Stevenson scored a game-high 19 points and Lexi Button finished with 10 to lead the South Warren girls’ basketball team to a 51-37 win over Greenwood on Friday night.

The Spartans (5-2 overall, 2-0 District 14) were in control from start to finish and never allowed Greenwood (3-4, 0-2) to get into a consistent rhythm. Stevenson led the way for SWHS after missing a few games with sickness and an injury. 

South Warren jumped out to a 7-2 lead at the 6:02 mark of the first quarter and held a 17-5 advantage after eight minutes of action. Button was already up to six points after knocking down two 3-pointers.

The Spartans went up 22-11 with 4:58 remaining in the second and ultimately took a 30-17 lead into the locker room at halftime. Stevenson was up to 11 points, while Button had scored eight.

Leia Trinh was pacing Greenwood with nine points and finished with 13 to lead the way. 

The Spartans led 35-22 after the third and remained in control throughout the final quarter to come out on top. 

South Warren faces a quick turnaround as it travels to Lexington Catholic on Saturday to face Boone County at 11:45 a.m. in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic. Greenwood returns to ction Monday at 6 p.m. on the road at Franklin-Simpson.

GHS –        5       12       5       15  —   37

SWHS –    17      13       5      16   —   51 

GHS: Leia Trinh 13, Kayla Grant 6, Annee Lasley 6, KK Keener 5, Megan Une 3, Honest Blewett 2, Nicole Milam 2. 

SWHS: Brooke Stevenson 19, Lexi Button 10, Emily Reynolds 8, Taylor Enlow 4, Lydia Frank 3, Karson Deaton 2, Gracie Hodges 1.

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