Lady Tiger Cubs beat Mustangs, now 2-0

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Greencastle girls' basketball team is undefeated after two close games Friday and Saturday. After a narrow victory at Cascade the Tiger Cubs took on Edgewood and survived the late Mustang surge to win 36-28.

"You've got to give credit to Edgewood," GHS coach Brad Key said. "(Edgewood) coach (Gary) Sims is a very good defensive coach. We knew it. We were wondering how we were going to bounce back from (Friday's) win. It was an exciting win. It took a lot out of us emotionally. It was good to see us continue to battle."

The game was not a high-scoring matchup as the Mustangs did everything they could to make scoring difficult for Greencastle.

GHS' Aubrey Barker scores two points in the second quarter against Edgewwood Saturday. GHS earned the win 36-28 and are now 2-0. (Banner Graphic/JAY LOCKETT)

The Tiger Cubs meanwhile were in a zone defensively and they too were very stingy.

"It was not a pretty game," Key said. "We made a lot of silly errors. But when it's all said and done we did enough to win the game. They were 2-0. They are a solid team. They hang their hat on defense and they did a great job on us defensively."

Greencastle nailed three threes in the first half by each Paige Bragg, Grace Smith and Beth Burgeson. However despite the jumpers the second quarter, was not fruitful for either team. GHS scored 5 and Edgewood matched its first quarter scoring six. The Tiger Cubs led at halftime 16-12.

Greencastle's Paige Bragg drives to the paint in the girls' game against Edgewood Saturday. (Banner Graphic/JAY LOCKETT)

"I was a little upset that we were going more east and west, not north and south," Key said. "It was maybe the third quarter or the fourth where we started to attack and good things started to happen."

The attacking by GHS led to Edgewood playing tougher and this combination produced many fouls on each side. Scoring was still hard to come by for GHS who netted 10 points.

"We always want to attack the basket even when we are up with a little time left, just because I think we are capable of it," Bragg said. "It keeps the momentum going. That's god for us to stay up throughout the game. It was fun."

However the Tiger Cubs defense held Edgewood to seven and Greencastle went up 28-22. Edgewood then fought back in the fourth taking advantage of GHS being in the penalty. Bragg also picked up her fourth foul with three minutes to go in the fourth, which landed her on the bench for a bit and allowed Edgewood to go on a small run and tie the game at 28.

"It was intense," Bragg said. "We played an intense game (Friday) night too. But that's a lot of fun. It makes it even more of priority to fight together as a team. When teams put that pressure on us, if we aren't fighting as a team then they'll just run over us. It was nice that we could overcome it and worked together."

It was then Allison White who grabbed an offensive rebound and connected with the put back to swing momentum to GHS in the final minutes. Edgewood was then forced to play the foul game and the Tiger Cubs were able to close the game out with free throws.

Key said that even though his team has juniors and seniors starting, his team is somewhat inexperienced. He thinks that the first two games being so close could help curve the learning process and lead to more wins.

"Starting the season with Cascade and Edgewood is a tough start," Key said. "To come out of that 2-0 is tough. I'm proud of my girls for that."


EW 6 6 7 9 -- 28

GHS 11 5 11 10 -- 36

Scoring Smith 8, Barker 6, Bragg 6, White 5, Burgeson 5, Stevens 4,

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