All players selected to the All-Star Classic were voted upon by HBCA member coaches.
Wes Aigner — Castle High School Peyton Bledsoe — Loogootee Peter Combs — Bloomfield Cale Donoho — South Spencer High School Joey Hart — Linton-Stockton Blake Herdes — Evansville Mater Dei Colten Leach — Bedford North Lawrence Jaylen Mullen — North Daviess HS Tyler Myers — Evansville Day School Brycen Neidigh — Washington JaQualon “JQ” Roberts — Bloomington North Logan Webb — Linton-Stockton
Josten Carter — New Albany High School Jacob Cherry — Eastern Ki Dyer– Greensburg Cooper Horn — Columbus North Casey Kaelin — Providence Owen Law — Jennings County Keegan Manowitz — Jennings County Kaden Oliver — Silver Creek Cole Pride — Batesville Logan Rohrer — Lawrenceburg Caleb Washington — Floyd Central Josh Williams — Connersville
WASHINGTON – The 3A Sectional 29 champion Greensburg Pirates took on the Scottsburg Warriors for the regional championship on Saturday afternoon. The Bucs hustled their way into the lead with under a minute left in the game, but Scottsburg took the lead on an old-fashioned three-point play. With Greensburg down by two points, Ki Dyer worked himself open for the final shot. Unable to get completely open, Dyer fired a jumper over two Warriors that hit the rim and bounced off. The game ended with a 48-46 loss for the Bucs, ending the season with a 20-7 record. Dyer led Greensburg in scoring with 18 points, 12 of those coming in the second half.
Jeter Edwards got the Pirates on the board with the first basket of the game. A run of six unanswered points from the Warriors was ended with a Justin Adkins layup to make it a 6-4 game. Scottsburg’s 6’9” center Wyatt Zellers got into the scoring column, but Dyer outran everyone down the court and scored to make it 10-8, still in the Warriors’ favor. Edwards got himself to the charity stripe and tied the game up with 2:50 left in the frame. Scottsburg’s Kody Clancy took the lead for his team by scoring the next five points. Jack McKinsey scored for Greensburg with :30 remaining in the frame but Clancy put his team up 18-12 after draining a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the first period.
The Warriors scored first in the second quarter to go up by eight points. McKinsey added two freebies and baskets were traded over the next few possessions; the score was 23-18 with less than two minutes remaining in the half. Jack Miller scored for Scottsburg and Dyer for the Bucs, keeping it at a five-point lead for the Warriors. Holding for the last possession, the Bucs worked it around the arc and hit an open McKinsey who drained the deep ball to make it just a two-point affair at the half. The Warriors’ eight-point lead had been trimmed and the score was 25-23.
The third frame started with Clancy and Zellers scoring for the Warriors and Edwards and Adkins matching for the Bucs. With the game still at two points, Dyer drove to the basket and scored while drawing a foul. The senior netted the free throw and gave the Pirates the lead 30-29 midway through the third quarter. The lead didn’t last long. Scottsburg went on a 6-0 run over the next two minutes. Dyer ended the run with a three-point field goal and the Warriors’ lead was just three points. Clancy got to the line for the Warriors and hit both freebies. With :30 to go in the quarter, the Bucs held for the last shot and senior Grainger Maxwell was the recipient of the open three-pointer; he did not disappoint, netting the deep ball and making it a three-point game with the Warriors up 42-39 through three quarters.
The fourth period began with another Clancy basket. Then the Bucs got a McKinsey basket, followed by a quick turnover and two points for Dyer. The Pirates found themselves down by two points midway through the quarter when McKinsey drew a shooting foul to get to the line. The sophomore hit one of the freebies to tie the game at 44-44. Neither team was able to score a basket until Dyer scored with :41 seconds left in the contest, giving Greensburg the lead 46-44. Clancy’s three-point play with 23.3 seconds left put SHS up one. A Bucs’ turnover got Clancy the ball back with one second remaining, and he went back to the line hitting another freebie, giving the Warriors a narrow win.
Clancy led all scorers with 28 points; Zellers was the only other double-digit scorer for Scottsburg, finishing with 10. Dyer’s 18 was followed by McKinsey with 10, Edwards and Adkins 6, Maxwell 3, Bryce Stringer 2, Abe Tebbe 1.
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
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.
GREENSBURG – The final score of Wednesday’s nightcap at Sectional 29 is a bit deceiving, though well earned by the host Greensburg Pirates.
South Dearborn senior Ryan Willoughby – the EIAC’s scoring leader for the 2022-23 campaign – had just tied the game at 36 with a little over five minutes remaining. But those would be the Knights’ final points of the contest as the Bucs finished on a triumphant 17-0 note to advance with a 53-36 win.
Greensburg senior Ki Dyer (2nd-leading scorer the conference) hit a three with an assist to classmate Abe Tebbe. The Pirates’ Class of 2023 proceeded in the scoring column, putting in Greensburg’s final 29 points. Grainger Maxwell made it 41-36 and Jeter Edwards completed a traditional 3-point play off a fast break before adding a pair of free throws. The Pirates had built a 46-36 lead.
A Maxwell blocked shot led to a FT trip for Dyer. The latter drove to the rim for two to make it a 49-36 affair. Dyer and Maxwell added two foul shots apiece for good measure.
It was all home team to start out as Greensburg climbed ahead 12-2. Sophomore Jack McKinsey hit twice in the early going (2 and 3) and junior Addison Barnes-Pettit dropped in a trey from the corner and two in transition. SD coach Patrick Cosgrove asked for time at 3:42. Dyer then scored off an inbound pass.
The Knights settled down rather well and gained the lead with 4:19 to go in the first half. A Zander Schwab three sparked the comeback and Willoughby got loose on a break. A runout for Willoughby ended the first frame at 13-10.
Breckin McCreary opened scoring in the second stanza, but it was Brodie Teke’s triple that put South ahead by two. The Knights’ run would reach 12 unanswered as Teke scored on a runout and Hudson Shackelford maneuvered down the lane for a pair. Dyer stopped the bleeding by hitting a trey.
SD broke down the Pirate defense for two layups late in the half – Shackelford and Willoughby. Edwards connected on a side 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 23-19 at intermission.
Dyer began the second half by burying a 3 from the top of the key. South then had four looks at the rim, with the last one going in for Adam Kunkel. Two foul shots by Willoughby had SD maintaining a 27-22 advantage. McKinsey cut it to three on a dribble drive and two Tebbe charities tied the game at 27. Two hoops by Shackelford (the second a triple from a Teke pass) aided the Knights in holding their lead as the fourth quarter loomed (32-31).
A cut to the rack by Edwards changed the lead early in the fourth and Dyer followed from distance. Jacob Daugherty’s jump shot preceded an SD timeout at 5:36.
Dyer led all scorers with 23 and Edwards tallied 10. McKinsey had 7, ABP 5 and Tebbe and Maxwell 4 each. Willoughby was tops for SD with a dozen. Shackelford scored 9, Teke 6, Schwab 3 and McCreary, Kunkel and Daugherty 2 each.
Greensburg (18-6) squares off with Lawrenceburg in Friday night’s second game. South Dearborn’s season ended at 15-9, a third consecutive winning campaign.
Versailles- The Greensburg Pirates improved to 16-5 on the season with a road win over South Ripley on Saturday night. Ki Dyer scored on the Bucs first possession and Jack McKinsey followed that with a three-point basket. Dyer hit from the baseline and the Pirates were up 7-0 after starting the game going three of three shooting. They got one more basket while South Ripley went on a 7-0 run. Greensburg was scoreless until the end of the frame when Addison Barnes-Pettit sank a long ball at the buzzer to put GCHS up 12-7. South Ripley got the better of Greensburg but the Pirates in the second quarter, but the Bucs came back at the end of the frame with another buzzer beater, this time by Dyer. The Raiders held a one-point lead with the score 22-21 at the half. Dyer got Greensburg back on top midway through the third frame with a three-pointer. The Raider got back on top, but Abe Tebbe hit two long balls and Greensburg went up by seven with just one minute remaining in the quarter. South Ripley got another basket before the period ended and the Bucs led 38-33 after three quarters. The Pirates scored 15-points in the final quarter while holding the Raiders to 14 and securing a 53-47 win.
Last Tuesday the Greensburg Pirates traveled to Seymour to take on the Owls and lost with a score of 60-55. Seymour’s Lloyd E. Scott Gym is ranked the second largest in the state to New Castle’s, whose can fit about 200 more people.
In the first quarter the Pirates got off to a super slow start. Ki Dyer scored a 3-pointer with just 3 minutes remaining in the quarter. Dyer also got 2 free throws. Dyer, once again leading the team’s offense, scored a 3-pointer and Bradley Lutz had 2 free throws which put the Pirates in an 11-10 lead.
Seymour once again started the next quarter off, but Dyer again battled back and scored a 2-pointer making the score 13-13. Dyer also scored a 3-pointer. Lutz scored a 2-point goal and got fouled so he got a free throw attempt but missed. Addison Barnes-Pettit had 2 free throws which put the Pirates in the lead. Lutz scored a 3-pointer which put the Pirates up by four going into the half.
In the third quarter Seymour had 2 free throws to get things rolling. Seymour’s offense was great, but the Pirates were slow on both ends of offense and defense. But eventually Barnes-Pettit scored a 2-pointer to get things going. Dyer also had a 2 and 3. Lutz added a basket. This put the score at 41-30 Seymour.
In the fourth quarter Grainger Maxwell got things going scoring a 2-pointer; this led to Jeter Edwards having a free throw and a bucket. Dyer got four free throws off a technical foul. After this, he scored a 3- pointer. Edwards had 2 free throws and Dyer got yet another 3-pointer. Jack McKinsey scored a free throw and Dyer had another 3-pointer. McKinsey followed this up by having a 3-pointer of his own.
The Pirates fought hard in this back-and-forth game but in the end, they lost by just five points.
Dyer led all scorers with 31 points with the Owls’ Jaylan Johnson posting 24. Lutz added 9, McKinsey 6, Edwards 5, Maxwell and Barnes-Pettit 2 each.
The Bucs (15-5) are at South Ripley Saturday evening.
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