Greencastle falls in sectional final

It has often been said that basketball is a game of runs, and such was the case in the South Putnam Girls' Basketball Sectional final between Greencastle and Parke Heritage. 

The Tiger Cubs came out firing on all cylinders, racing out to a 12-3 advantage before watching Parke Heritage use a 21-5 run in the second quarter to pull away with a 43-32 victory. With the win, the Wolves (23-3) will advance to the regional where they will play Eastern Hancock (23-1). For Greencastle, its season came to an end at 12-14. 

Early on, Greencastle's box and one defense combined with an ability to get Parke Heritage into early foul trouble proved to be advantageous for the Tiger Cubs. 

After falling behind 3-2, the Tiger Cubs got things going with Evelyn Briones hitting a basket and three pointer before Maddie Plew drilled a three to put Greencastle ahead 10-3. The lead would swell to 12-5 at the end of the first quarter. 

That was as good as it would get for the Tiger Cubs, as Parke Heritage opened the second quarter on a 4-0 run and stepped up its defensive intensity in the halfcourt to get easy baskets in transition. 

While the Wolves took advantage, Greencastle was unable to pad its lead despite being in the bonus. Briones would net a steal and layup, cutting the deficit to 16-14 but that was as close as Greencastle would get with Parke Heritage easing to a 26-17 halftime lead. 

The halftime break did little to settle Greencastle down, as the Tiger Cubs opened the third quarter with three turnovers and Parke Heritage took advantage, stretching the lead to 30-17 before Allie Dobbs hit a three to trim the deficit to 30-20. 

The two teams would trade baskets before the Wolves went ahead 35-27 heading into the fourth quarter. 

Parke Heritage went to a stall offense in the early moments of the fourth quarter to milk some clock and protect its lead. 

Briones led the way for Greencastle with 11 points, while both Plew and Bailey Brown each finished with six points. 





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