Center Grove’s boys basketball team might be on the verge of hitting its stride.
While that might not necessarily qualify as a Christmas present for Trojans coach Cliff Hawkins, his squad’s modest three-game winning streak at least has the makings of a decent stocking stuffer.
The Trojans improved to 5-3 overall with Friday night’s 70-51 victory against visiting Greenwood. It marked Center Grove’s 10th-consecutive conquest of its county rival, the most recent Woodmen triumph coming in February 2006.
Center Grove needed a strong second-half showing to turn away Greenwood, which had a 30-25 lead with 3:36 remaining before halftime. A 10-0 Trojans scoring run to close the quarter got the hosts on track, momentum they carried into the third with a 14-3 burst to open that period.
“Our guys finally focused on playing the game the way it should be played instead of trying to blow them out of the water. I thought our kids were prepared, but when they got out there and things didn’t unfold the way they wanted, it started to unfold,” said Hawkins.