It was a good tune-up game for Greenwood entering the postseason.
The Gators, hosting Region 3 team Edmonson County on Friday night in their regular-season finale, didn’t get anything easy and had to battle for a 71-60 win over the Wildcats on Senior Night at “The Swamp.”
Greenwood (17-13 overall) led 17-14 after the opening quarter but trailed 31-30 at halftime. The Gators were also down 47-45 after three complete periods but used a strong fourth – outscoring Edmonson County 26-13 – to come out on top with a second straight victory entering next week’s District 14 Tournament.
Peyton Loggins finished with 17 points to lead the Gators, who’ll play Bowling Green in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, while Marc Grant scored 15 and Cade Stinnett added 13.
Dalton Decker led the Wildcats (12-14) with 22 points.
The two sides played a competitive, back-and-forth first quarter as Greenwood held a tight 17-14 lead after eight minutes of action. Parker Williams hit a layup to give the Gators a 9-7 lead at the 2:22 mark, and Grant and Loggins later hit back-to-back 3-pointers to close the frame.
Stinnett’s basket at the 5:10 mark of the second put Greenwood up 23-18, but the Wildcats – led by Decker – found a rhythm and cut their deficit to just 27-26 with 2:03 remaining in the half.
Loggins’ third triple put the Gators in front 30-28, but Trent Taylor fired back with one on the other end to send Edmonson County into the break leading 31-30.
The Wildcats opened the third quarter with five points in 53 seconds – highlighted by a Decker 3 – to take a 36-30 lead and force a quick Greenwood timeout. Chaz Wilson, who scored the other bucket during the 5-0 run, soon converted an and-one to make it 43-34 at the 4:35 mark.
Brakton Stinnett netted a deep ball to bring the Gators within 43-42 with 2:34 left in the period, but Decker soon closed it with a fast-break layup to send the Wildcats into the fourth up 47-45.
Cade Stinnett scored inside to give Greenwood a 56-49 lead with 3:58 remaining, and Ben Carroll knocked down his first 3 to make it 59-51 and seal it for the Gators.
ECHS – 14 17 16 13 — 60
GHS – 17 13 15 26 — 71
EC: Dalton Decker 22, Mason Pierce 10, Chaz Wilson 10, Eli Booker 6, Daniel Woosley 6, Trent Taylor 3, Gavin Rose 2, Houston Vincent 2.
GW: Peyton Loggins 17, Marc Grant 15, Cade Stinnett 13, Ben Carroll 9, Dakota Ware 7, Parker Williams 4, Lance Upright 3.
Girls: Edmonson County 53, Greenwood 40
Katie Lindsey scored 16 points, Lauren Ballance finished with 12 and Emma Rose Vincent tallied 10 to lead the Edmonson County girls’ basketball team to a 53-40 win Friday night at Greenwood.
The Lady Cats (18-10 overall) – winners of four straight – used a strong opening quarter to build a 17-2 lead and later led 30-15 at halftime. Edmonson County remained in front throughout the second half to record another victory entering next week’s District 12 Tournament semifinal matchup vs. Whitesville Trinity.
Leia Trinh scored a game-high 26 points for Greenwood (12-15), which plays Warren Central at 6 p.m. Monday in the opening round of the District 14 Tournament at South Warren.
ECHS – 17 13 6 17 — 53
GHS – 2 13 13 12 — 40
EC: Katie Lindsey 16, Lauren Ballance 12, Emma Rose Vincent 10, Macie McCombs 7, Lily Jane Vincent 4, Madison Harrison 2, Paige Wolfe 2.
GW: Leia Trinh 26, Kayla Grant 8, Annee Lasley 4, Megan Une 2.