To say the Greencastle girls' basketball team struggled against Class 4A powerhouse Mooresville would be an understatement. The Tiger Cubs were unable to convert a field goal in the first quarter and ultimately lost to the Pioneers 63-38 Tuesday.
"We didn't come out with a lot of energy I didn't think," GHS coach Glen Hile said after the contest. "Some of the girls, they were having problems breathing, so I don't know if we're getting a sickness or what."
Despite coming out flat, the Tiger Cubs trailed Mooresville by six after the first quarter. Then the Pioneers unleashed the second wave of their attack, bringing in a fresh five at the end of the opening quarter.
Mooresville took care of business in the second quarter and dropped 28 points on Greencastle. The Pioneers had seven players score before the half.
Hile acknowledged he was using Tuesday's game with Mooresville as a measuring stick for the Tiger Cubs.
"It's one of those things where they're 11-3 and ranked 10th in the state. I wanted to see where we could compete and I really thought in the first half we didn't do it very well," Hile said. "We came out in the second half and did a better job. We had to match their athleticism and it was hard for us. They're very athletic. They stayed 20 points in front of us with their second team.
"It shows you where a 4A school is and where we are right now as far as our program is concerned and we have some work to do," he commented.
The Tiger Cubs kept the Pioneers in sight, scoring 22 points in the second half and limiting Mooresville to 25. However, GHS struggled in the third as they put up only six points and allowed the Pioneers to score 13. Greencastle outscored Mooresville 16-12 in the final period.
Becky Grivas, Grace Fisher and Mallory Miller lead the Tiger Cubs with six points each with Hannah Spencer, Kelsey Hennette and Chelsea Samuels adding four each.
"They were good. Mooresville's good. We knew they were quick, we knew they were physical. Every time we tried to get into something offensively, they could take us right out of it with their quickness and we knew that. What we wanted to do was stay close," Hile said.
Greencastle (7-7, 1-1 WCC) will host conference rival South Putnam at 6 p.m. Friday
Mooresville 10 28 13 12 -- 63
Greencastle 4 12 6 16 -- 38
Mooresville -- J. Sharp 5 0-0 11, Chabra 4 3-5 11, Strohmeyer 5 0-0 10, Callaway 4 2-2 10, Mayes 4 1-1 9, Davies 2 0-0 4, Antic 0 2-2 2, Wellspring 1 0-2 2. Totals: 24-54 FG 11-16 FT 64 TP.
Greencastle -- Fisher 3 0-1 6, Grivas 3 0-0 6, M. Miller 2 1-2 6, Spencer 2 0-0 4, Hennette 0 4-4 4, Samuels 2 0-0 4, Alspaugh 1 1-2 3, Nobles 0 2-2 2, Burgeson 1 0-0 2, O. Miller 0 1-2 1. Totals: 14-41 FG 9-13 FT 38 TP.
3pt. FG -- MHS -- J. Sharp, GHS -- M. Miller.
Total fouls -- MHS 13, GHS 14.
Junior varsity game -- Mooresville 35 Greencastle 15.
Next game -- Greencastle will host conference rival South Putnam at 6 p.m. Friday.