Woodmen roll by Lancers

Greenwood set the tone early with a 15-0 run to open Thursday night’s game against visiting Edinburgh. The Woodmen cruised to a 59-47 victory.

Greenwood (9-8) has won five of its past six games overall and five of its past six contests against the Lancers (3-16).

Edinburgh is mired in a 10-game losing streak.

Greenwood hit 10 of its 18 field-goal attempts in the opening quarter and held the Lancers scoreless until sophomore Christian Cox drained a 3-point shot with 4:45 left on the clock.

The Woodmen maintained a 42-18 advantage at halftime.

“We played really well in the first half,” Greenwood coach Bruce Hensley said. “We shared the ball well, were focused and defended well.

“Those are the things we talked about doing in practice this week.”

Sophomore Jeffrey Reynolds scored 10 of his game-high 13 points, and senior Michael Bailey had all of his 11 points, including three 3-pointers, during the first two periods.

Reynolds also finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.

Sophomore Braydon Kincaid, who added 12 points, scored seven before halftime.

“Bailey played very well in the first half,” Hensley said. “His threes really helped keep our momentum going.

“He has done a good job of accepting his role.”

The Lancers outscored Greenwood 11-7 in the third period and 18-10 in the fourth but never seriously challenged for the lead.

Sophomore Jacob Atha had a team-high 12 points for Edinburgh, while Cox chipped in 10.

Freshman Coltan Henderson scored all nine of his points during the game’s final two quarters.

“In the second half, we had guys looking to share the ball rather than score,” Hensley said. “We just need to be more consistent and play better defense. Our young kids are getting more comfortable and we’ve definitely gotten better.

“We just can’t really play aggressive defense yet because we have so many young kids.”

Greenwood hosts Greenfield-Central at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Edinburgh’s next game is Feb. 16 at Eastern Hancock.

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Greg Seiter is a sports correspondent for the Daily Journal.