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Free throws, 45-point half leave Cubs just short against Sparkplugs

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Greencastle senior Rayleigh Amis gets underneath the Speedway defense to score two of her 13 points on Friday.
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The Greencastle girls' basketball team was hoping Christmas would never come as the team carried a three-game winning streak over a 17-day break.

The layoff took its toll early against Speedway and GHS couldn't overcome the deficit in the 63-59 loss.

"We had a slow start and we could have given up three or four times," Greencastle coach Bradley Key said. "We just kept fighting until the end."

The Tiger Cubs scored 45 points in the second half, including a 28-point barrage in the fourth quarter.

"As long as you have Alex Basile and Callan Taylor, you know that they're going to fight to the end," Key said. "Those two fought to the end. They both had great fourth-quarters."

The pair combined for 19 points in the fourth quarter. Basile finished with 21 points, and Taylor with 12.

Basile also had six steals.

"I really like how Alex Basile took it upon herself to fighting," Key said. "She's a fighter."

GHS also sank 19-of-20 free throws in the game, an accuracy rating that surprised even its coach.

"We practiced them (over break) but ... that's nice," Key said.

The two teams were curiously evenly matched.

Each finished with 34 rebounds, 12 of them offensive.

Speedway had 20 turnovers, and Greencastle had 22.

Speedway shot 41.4 percent (24-58) from the field, Greencastle shot 33.3 percent (18-54).

It was the slow start that doomed the Tiger Cubs.

Senior Rayleigh Amis marked Speedway's star junior guard Allison Nash for most of the game, allowing 24 points but limiting her overall game.

Amis finished with 13 points.

GHS will face conference- and county-rival South Putnam in its next game, a rematch of the County Tournament final.

"We've got to see if we've improved since early November," Key said. "It's good to be back in the gym."

The Tiger Cubs host the Eagles on Friday

at 6 p.m.

At Greencastle
Speedway 14 17 15 17 -- 63
Greencastle 5 9 17 28 -- 59

Individual scoring
Speedway: Nash 10-19 1-2 24, Adkins 5-11 4-9 15, Hall 1-5 2-4 4, March 1-2 0-2 2, Tavis 0-2 2-4 2, McGraw 1-4 0-1 0, Perry 0-1 0-0 0.
Greencastle: Basile 6-20 7-7 21, Amis 3-6 7-8 13, Taylor 4-11 2-2 12, Lenihan 4-10 0-0 8, Stoltey 1-3 1-1 3, Earl 0-0 2-2 2, Bridgewater 0-4 0-0 0, Covert 0-0 0-0 0.

Team scoring (three-pointers)
Speedway 24-58 (6-15) 9-18 63, Greencastle 18-54 (4-14) 19-20 59.

Rebounds (offensive)
Speedway 34 (12), Greencastle 34 (12).

Speedway 20, Greencastle 22.

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