The Warren Central girls’ basketball team used a big fourth quarter and made the plays down the stretch to earn a 48-41 comeback win Friday night at Greenwood.
The Lady Dragons (6-14 overall, 1-3 District 14) — who recorded their first district win of the season — trailed 14-10 after the opening quarter, 28-23 at halftime and 37-32 after three but outscored the Lady Gators 16-4 in the fourth to come out on top.
“Any win on the road in the district — any win period in the district — is huge for us,” Warren Central coach Joe Hood said. “I’m so proud of the girls. Nobody really showed out — it was all consisent — and that’s what we have to have. We’re a short-benched team and everybody did their job tonight.”
Krisheana Johnson led Warren Central with a game-high 12 points, while Kyleigh Ray scored 10 points and La Auhni Lewis had 8.
Leia Trinh finished with 11 points to lead Greenwood (9-7, 0-4).
“It felt good,” Johnson said of the win. “We were playing hard throughout all of the game. I mean, they did good on their runs, but we wanted it more. We got hyped up and was just feeling it.”
The two sides played a competitive first quarter as Greenwood held a tight 9-8 lead at the 1:20 mark, but the Lady Gators led 14-10 after eight minutes of action as Trinh had already scored six points.
Greenwood was up 17-14 at the 4:44 mark of the second, and Megan Une’s 3-pointer from the left wing — followed by a basket by Annee Lasley — gave the Lady Gators a 28-21 lead before they were soon up 28-23 at the break.
Taelor Leach’s and-one at the 3:36 mark of the third cut Warren Central’s deficit to 30-26, and another bucket from the forward brought the Lady Dragons to within 34-30 with 1:22 left in the quarter.
However, Trihn knocked down a 3 from the left corner shortly after Leach’s surge to send Greenwood into the fourth up 37-32.
Alyssa Conner splashed a triple to bring Warren Central within 39-37, and a bucket from Johnson tied it up with 4:54 remaining. Kayla Grant scored inside to put the Lady Gators up 41-39, but a basket by Johnson gave the Lady Dragons a 42-41 lead with just over a minute left.
Lewis’ steal and fast-break layup put Warren Central up 48-41 and sealed it.
“Warren Central outplayed us in every aspect of the game for the last quarter and-a-half,” Greenwood coach Zach Simpson said. “Credit to them — they played well enough to win. We just didn’t match it tonight. We didn’t bring it for four quarters tonight.”
WCHS — 10 13 9 16 — 48
GHS — 14 14 9 4 — 41
WC: Krisheana Johnson 12, Kyleigh Ray 10, La Auhni Lewis 8, Taelor Leach 7, Alyssa Conner 5, Kenneddee Robinson 4, Asia Anthony 2.
GW: Leia Trinh 11, Haley Gordon 8, Kayla Grant 6, Annee Lasley 6, Olivia Lovell 4, KK Keener 3, Megan Une 3.