Greenwood boys basketball coach Bruce Hensley knew his undersized Woodmen were going to need scrappy play and solid outside shooting to compete against bigger opponents.
In their home-opener Tuesday night, Greenwood came up with plenty of heart, but not the shots, falling to Perry Meridian, 59-24.
The Falcons, playing behind their tall and talented trio of 6-foot-6 senior John Beineke, 6-5 junior Collin Timmons and 6-5 sophomore Dylan Windler, dominated the smaller Woodmen inside and displayed a nice shooting touch from the perimeter in improving to 2-0.
No Greenwood player is taller than 6-3.
It was Windler’s outside touch that put the Falcons ahead early. He came off the bench in a rugged first quarter to hit three-straight 3-pointers and push Perry Meridian to a 14-7 lead.
Raddell Waddy’s steal and emphatic buzzer-beating slam brought the large crowd to its feet and cut it to 14-9 at the break. The Woodmen would get no closer against a Perry Meridian team that sealed off the lane on defense and controlled the offensive glass.
After Windler stretched Greenwood’s defense, Beineke took over inside in the second stanza, keying a 17-4 run that made it 31-13 at the half.
Greenwood found it rough going in the paint against the Falcons and could not find the range on open 3-pointers, missing all 17 shots they took.
The only offensive bright spot for the Woodmen was guard Jaren Hornbeak, who found openings in the lane on his way to a team-high nine points.
The 5-11 junior added five rebounds to lead the team.
No other Greenwood player scored more than three points, as the team shot just 17 percent from the field. The Woodmen’s other four starters combined for only seven points.
Windler led Perry with 16, including 4 of 5 from long range. Beineke added 15 points and six rebounds. Timmons had 10.
Despite the size disparity, Perry Meridian only won the rebound battle 29-26, but 10 were on the offensive glass.
The Woodmen open Mid-State Conference action Friday night at Martinsville.