Pirates fend off Tigers to play in final
GREENSBURG- The Greensburg Pirates eliminated the Lawrenceburg Tigers in the semifinals of the sectionals with a 10-point win on Friday evening. They will face Batesville tonight when they look for their 45th sectional championship. The game was just a two-point affair at the half but a huge third quarter from the Bucs put them out front, where they cruised to a 54-44 win.
Jeter Edwards got Greensburg on the board first and Ben Cornett scored for the Tigers. The Pirates then went on a 5-0 run with a Ki Dyer three and another Edwards basket. Logan Rohrer and Cornett then scored back-to-back for LHS and it was 7-6, Greensburg. Another Edwards field goal and three-points from Addison Barnes-Petitt had the Bucs up by six. Rohrer finished off the first frame with a with a shot that made the score 12-8 after one quarter.
The second period started with Jack McKinsey for the Bucs and Rohrer for the Tigers exchanging deep balls. Grainger Maxwell scored four-points for Greensburg and Rohrer scored again for LHS, and the Bucs had a six-point lead with just 1:50 to go in the half. Lawrenceburg finished off the final two-minutes with a Cooper Bobo jumper and a Cornett field goal to cut the Pirates lead to two, with the score 19-17 at halftime.
The third quarter started with Bobo dropping in a three-point basket and giving the Tigers their first lead of the game. Greensburg responded by going on a 9-2 run over the next four minutes. A pair of McKinsey threes and a basket each for Dyer and Edwards put Greensburg back up by six. Bobo added a pair of freebies before the Bucs finished the frame on another 8-2 run that was capped off by a Dyer three pointer at the buzzer. The Pirates led after three quarters, 36-26.
The final frame started with the Tigers playing aggressive and getting a pair of Bobo free throws and Xavier Eads slashing the lane for a score, but Greensburg played their game and waited for open shots. The teams matched each other in the frame scoring 18-points each with half of the Bucs points coming from the charity stripe. Rohrer, Cornett, and Bobo each scored four-points for the Tigers in the frame but the Greensburg Pirates pulled out a 54-44 win the end the Tigers season with an impressive 19-7 record.
The Pirates, who are now 19-6 on the season, were led in scoring by Edwards who dropped 16-points on the evening. Dyer pitched in 12, McKinsey 11, Barnes-Petitt 10, and Maxwell 5. The Tigers were led by Rohrer’s 15-points, Bobo finished wiht 11, B. Cornett 10, and Noah Knigga, Eads, Charlie Meyer, and Sam Cornett each scored 2-points in the contest.