Gators hold off Spartans for 65-60 District 14 win

It was a good bounce-back win for Greenwood.

After the Gators suffered a 74-69 home loss Tuesday against Barren County, they regrouped and returned to their winning ways Friday – using an all-around complete effort and making the important plays down the stretch to come away with a hard-fought 65-60 victory over South Warren at Greenwood High School.

Greenwood (15-10 overall, 5-2 District 14) scored just six points in the opening quarter and led by just one at 28-27 at halftime and 50-46 after three, but made big shot after big shot in the fourth and closed it with a 9-0 run to hold off the Spartans.

“That was a tough-fought game,” Greenwood coach Will McCoy said. “We knew with what they did to the (Bowling Green) Purples Tuesday – getting down almost 30 and cutting it to a one, two possession game – they’re a completely different team than we played in December. We knew they were gonna come in here and fight and make it hard on us – and they did.”

Noah Stansbury made five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points for the Gators, while Cade Stinnett finished with 19 points and Ben Carroll had 13.

South Warren jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first quarter as Jace Carver had already made a pair of 3-pointers, but the Spartans scored just two more points in the frame and led 11-6 after eight minutes of action.

Tayshaun Jones scored in transition to put South Warren up 22-17 with 2:45 remaining in the second, but Greenwood found a rhythm and put together an 11-5 run – highlighted by a Stansbury 3 and layup – to give the Gators a 28-27 advantage at the break.

Stansbury was up to 10 points after two quarters, while Cade Stinnett had scored nine.

“Greenwood’s not known for winning games that come down to the wire like that, so it was big for us to win that one,” Stansbury said. “It’s hard to beat a team three times in a row – and it’s especially hard to beat a really good team three times in a row – and South’s a really good team.”

Carver was leading the Spartans (13-12, 1-6) with 7 points and finished with 13, while Jones and Caleb Mitchell-Franklin each scored 14 points and Parker Stobaugh tallied 11.

Greenwood opened the second half in a big way, pushing its run to 23-2 as Stansbury netted three triples and Stinnett scored a couple of buckets inside to put the Gators up 46-29 at the midway point of the third quarter.

“Complete momentum swinger tonight – went each way a couple of different times – and luckily there on the tail end of it that momentum swung in our direction,” McCoy said. “I just thought we did some things tonight that we didn’t do Tuesday (in a loss to Barren County). We rebounded better, we took care of the ball in big moments, we were very patient with our shot selection. Just showed a lot of growth over a short time period.”

Jones’ and-one cut the Spartans’ deficit to 48-39 with 2:03 left in the period – and Franklin scored five quick points to bring South Warren within 48-46 before Greenwood led 50-46 entering the fourth.

Back-to-back scores from Carver and Jones trimmed Greenwood’s lead to 54-53 at the 6:40 mark, and Jones soon scored again to put South Warren in front 57-56 with 4:24 remaining.

Down 60-58, Carroll knocked down a 3 to put Greenwood up 61-60 with 2:25 left, and then Stansbury made a steal to give the Gators possession and send them out on top.

“True sign of an immature basketball team,” South Warren coach Blane Embry said. “That’s basically what it is. When you just go on runs and you allow other teams to go on runs, it’s just immaturity. We’ll defend for a few minutes and then we just quit defending. It’s just the sign of an immature basketball team.”

SWHS –  11   16    19    14   —   60

GHS –      6     22    22   15   —   65

SW: Tayshaun Jones 14, Caleb Mitchell-Franklin 14, Jace Carver 13, Parker Stobaugh 11, Caden Veltkamp 4, Jonathan Hill 2.

GW: Noah Stansbury 21, Cade Stinnett 19, Ben Carroll 13, Marc Grant 5, Peyton Loggins 5, Will Gaddis 2.

Girls: South Warren 54, Greenwood 41

Brooke Stevenson scored a game-high 20 points and the South Warren girls’ basketball team forced 24 turnovers en route to a dominant 54-41 win Friday night at Greenwood.

“We told our girls, ‘You’ve gotta win,’” South Warren coach Lane Embry said. “They came out and they responded. They played really, really hard defensively, hit shots when we had to. They made a push at us in the third and early fourth and we hit a couple shots and got a couple stops to finish it off.

“Proud of the girls for coming out and taking care of business tonight.”

The Spartans (12-13 overall, 4-3 District 14) led by just two at 12-10 after the opening quarter but used a strong second – outscoring Greenwood 21-4 – to build a comfortable advantage and later cruised through the second half.

“It was really nice,” Stevenson said. “We really came out with a lot of defensively energy and let that carry us into our offense tonight, and I think that was really good for us.”

While Stevenson led the way for South Warren, Elly Bennett scored eight points and Taylor Enlow added six.

Leia Trinh paced the Lady Gators (11-10, 0-7) with 15 points, and Kayla Grant tallied 12.

Greenwood will look to bounce back at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio County, while South Warren returns to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Warren East.

SWHS –  12   21   6    15   —   54

GHS –     10    4    14   13   —   41

SW: Brooke Stevenson 20, Elly Bennett 8, Taylor Enlow 6, Jess Bush 4, Carrie Enlow 4, Gracie Hodges 4, Lexi Button 3, Karson Deaton 3, Emily Reynolds 2.

GW: Leia Trinh 15, Kayla Grant 12, Annee Lasley 4, Megan Une 3, KK Keener 3, Olivia Lovell 2, Nicole Milam 2.

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