Make it nine straight wins for Bowling Green.
The Purples, who entered Friday’s District 14 tilt vs. Greenwood riding an eight-game win streak, added another check to their win column with a hard-fought 71-63 victory over the Gators at Bowling Green High School.
Bowling Green (12-3 overall, 1-1 District 14) led 17-8 after the opening quarter and 35-19 at halftime, but the Gators completely turned its play around in the second half to get back into it. Greenwood got within 64-62 with 41.9 seconds left, but the Purples delivered the final punch to come out on top.
Turner Buttry finished with 18 points to lead BGHS, while Conner Cooper scored 15 points and Isaiah Mason and Cobi Huddleston each had 12.
Ben Carroll scored a game-high 26 points to carry Greenwood (9-7, 2-1), while Cade Stinnett had 14 points and Noah Stansbury tallied 11.
Bowling Green started hot and jumped out to an 11-0 lead at the 4:09 mark of the first quarter. Dakota Ware recorded Greenwood’s first basket with a score inside at the 3:35 mark – and three Stansbury free throws brought the Gators to within 13-6 – but the Purples led 17-8 after eight minutes of action.
Cooper’s second three of the game put Bowling Green up 24-12 at the 5:36 mark of the second, but Stansbury matched it with one of his own to cut the Gators’ deficit to 24-15. The Purples answered Stansbury’s shot with an 8-0 run – highlighted by back-to-back 3s from Buttry and Cooper – to go up 32-15 with 2:03 left in the half.
Peyton Loggins made a jumper for Greenwood to make it 32-17, but Mason scored three quick points and the Purples ultimately led 35-19 at the break as Cooper was already up to 13 points.
The Purples opened the third quarter with a pair of buckets to go up 39-19, but Greenwood fired back with an 11-2 run – spearheaded by six straight points from Carroll – to get within 41-30 at the 4:46 mark. Stinnett’s bucket made it a nine-point game at 43-34, but a Dez Wilson score put Bowling Green up 47-35 at the 2:27 mark.
A layup by Marc Grant – followed by a score from Ware – brought the Gators within 51-39 entering the fourth, but the Purples were still holding a double-digit advantage.
An 8-0 individual run by Carroll, which was highlighted by a pair of triples, brought Greenwood within 57-51, but Buttry caught fire and scored seven points of his own to put Bowling Green up 64-53 with just over four minutes remaining.
Carroll continued to be hot, answering Buttry’s surge with five quick points to cut the Gators’ deficit to 64-58 with 2:28 left, and a fastbreak bucket from Stansbury made it 64-60 with 1:20 to go.
Carroll hit a pair of free throws to make it a 64-62 affair, but Mason converted an and-one to put the Purples up 67-62 and seal it.
Bowling Green faces a quick turnaround as it travels to Muhlenberg County for a 7:30 p.m. contest Saturday, while Greenwood returns to action Monday vs. Hopkinsville at 7:30 p.m.
GHS – 8 11 20 24 — 63
BGHS – 17 18 16 20 — 71
GW: Ben Carroll 26, Cade Stinnett 14, Noah Stansbury 11, Dakota Ware 6, Marc Grant 2, Peyton Loggins 2, Will Gaddis 2.
BG: Turner Buttry 18, Conner Cooper 15, Isaiah Mason 12, Cobi Huddleston 12, Jaxson Banks 8, Dez Wilson, Trace Flanery 2.