Pirates are Champs

GREENSBURG- The Greensburg Pirates took on the Batesville Bulldogs in the sectional 29 championship game Saturday evening and earned themselves a 58-47 victory.

The Bulldogs started hot with Cade Kaiser leading the charge and scoring six of the Dogs first eight-points as they jumped out to an early lead. Ki Dyer and Jeter Edwards got the Bucs right back in the game after hitting a three-pointer each. Cole Pride scored for Batesville and the game was tied at ten. Jack McKinsey hit the final shot of the period giving the Pirates a 12-10 lead after one quarter.

Dyer opened the second period hitting another long ball and Bradley Lutz followed with a corner three putting Greensburg up 18-10. A pair of Gus Prickel free throws got the Dogs on the board in the frame. Dyer and Lutz continued to score for the Bucs to increase thier lead, Kaiser scored again for BHS, and Dyer hit from deep again to give the Bucs a 13-point advantage with 1:30 to go in the half. Jack Grunkemeyer scored for the Dogs, then Grainger Maxwell for GCHS, and with a half court buzzer beater Prickel cut the gap to 10 to close out the second quarter with the score, Greensburg 29 Batesville 19.

The third quarter started with Kaiser and Grunkemeyer scoring for the Dogs and Justin Adkins and McKinsey keeping it a 10-point Greensburg advantage. Addison Barnes-Petitt hit a three-point basket for the Bucs putting them up by 11, then Batesville went on an 11-0 run tying the game up at 37-37. Prickel, Sam Johnson and Kaiser all connected from outside the arch, and Pride added a field goal. Barnes Petitt stopped the run with basket and Dyer hit a runner on the final possession of the period giving the Bucs a 41-37 lead.

Edwards and McKinsey both scored for the Bucs to start the fourth quarter. Prickel hit for BHS, but then Dyer scored six of Greensburg’s next eight-points giving the Pirates an 11-point lead with just two minutes remaining. Grunkmeyer picked up his fifth foul sending Dyer to the line where he hit both attempts, Kaiser scored for BHS, then Abe Tebbe went to the charity stripe and put the Bucs up by 13-points. Kaiser closed out the contest with another basket for BHS, but it was Greensburg who claimed the sectional title with a 58-47 win. Greensburg will face the winner of the Corydon Central vs Scottsburg matchup in a Regional Championship game at Washington High School on Saturday, March 11th, with a 4pm tip.

Dyer led all scorers with 23-pionts in the Bucs victory. Kaiser led Batesville with 18 and Prickel added 10 in the loss. Batesville’s season end with a record of 17-7

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