Edgewood uses FTs to get by Greencastle
Edgewood used a huge advantage at the free-throw line to defeat Greencastle 51-45 on Saturday night in girls’ high school basketball action.
The Mustangs hit only two baskets in the fourth quarter as they scored a game-high 19 points, but connected on 15 of 19 free throws in the period to record the comeback win.
For the game, Edgewood was 24 of 33 from the line. Greencastle, meanwhile, was 5 of 13 from the line and saw its scoring limited by hitting just four of 25 attempts from 3-point range.
“The game was pretty fast, up and down the court, and that’s the style I like to play,” Greencastle coach Bradley Key said. “The last few years we’ve had different personnel. We just have to figure out our roles.”
Key thought his team needed to be a little tougher on Saturday.
“We’re not very tall, so we have to cut off the drive,” he said. “Their post player [5-foot-6 Taylor Acuff] was able to drive from the top, and she was able to drive from the bottom. We have some things to work on, but that’s one of the things about the first game of the season.”
Acuff had a game-high 21 points, including 11 of 14 from the line (seven of eight in the fourth period).
Senior Rose White led Greencastle with 14 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard Seelye Stoffregen added 11 points.
Stoffregen had five first-quarter points and White added five as the Tiger Cubs led 11-10 at the first stop.
Greencastle led 17-15 with 3:19 to play in the first half on a Stoffregen free throw, but the Mustangs scored the final four points of the half to take a 19-17 lead into intermission.
Tiger Cub junior Jalyn Duff was limited in the first half by foul trouble, but came back strongly with three baskets in the third quarter on drives to the hoop.
White hit back-to-back baskets to break a 28-28 tie, with Edgewood adding a pair of free throws and Duff scoring her final hoop to give Greencastle a 34-32 lead entering the fourth quarter.
From then on, the Tiger Cubs continued to add to their foul trouble situation and Edgewood took full advantage.
Greencastle still led 41-40 with 1:53 to play on a free throw by sophomore Allison Stevens, but that was its final lead.
Acuff hit five of six free throws over the next minute to put her team ahead for good, and improve the Mustangs to 3-0 on the young season.
Duff added nine points for the Tiger Cubs, while Kaylee Meyer was the only other Mustang in double figures.
Key credited Edgewood for getting his team to play hard.
“Coach [Gary] Sims does a good job of getting his team to play good, hard-nosed defense, and we knew they would do that,” he said. “It’s tough to win games when you give the other team so many free throws and you only hit five yourself.”
The Tiger Cubs will look to pick up their first win tonight at No. 21-ranked Owen Valley.
“Before this game, I didn’t know what we could do yet,” Key said. “Now I have a better feel for it. I thought we got better as the game went along.
“Allison Stevens did a good job of rebounding [with 15],” he added. “Rose did a really good job in the first half. We won’t have any more excuses after game one, and it doesn’t get any easier in game two. We know Owen Valley is going to bring the pressure.”
EDGEWOOD (51) — Phillips 2-8 2-2 7, Shockney 2-11 5-8 9, Meyer 4-7 5-7 13, Pace 0-4 0-0 0, Acuff 5-14 11-14 21, Huebner 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 13-44 FG, 24-33 FT, 51 TP
GREENCASTLE (45) — Duff 4-5 1-3 9, Shuee 1-8 0-2 2, White 6-7 2-4 14, Stevens 1-7 1-2 3, Stoffregen 4-9 1-2 11, Robinson 1-5 0-0 3, Nally 1-6 0-0 3, Doan 0-1 0-0 0, Trigg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-49 FG, 5-13 FT, 45 TP
Edgewood 10 9 13 19 — 51
Greencastle 11 6 17 11 — 45
3-point shooting — Edgewood 1-13 (Phillips 1-3, Shockney 0-6, Acuff 0-4), Greencastle 4-25 (Shuee 0-6, Stoffregen 2-5, Stevens 0-3, Robinson 1-4, Nally 1-6, Doan 0-1).