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Greenwood can’t recover after early 12-0 run by Roncalli

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Senior Sam Bolen scored a team-high 16 points and topped three Rebels in double figures Wednesday night as Roncalli’s girls basketball team defeated visiting Greenwood 72-45.

Sophomore Lindsey Corsaro and senior Elizabeth Bowers added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for a Rebels team that hit 25 of its 42 field-goal attempts.

With the victory, Roncalli improved to 8-0 at home this season.

“It’s easier to control a game when you get off to a quick start,” said first-year Roncalli coach Stan Benge. “We need to have a balanced attack, and that’s what we had tonight.”

However, thanks to an aggressive Greenwood defense, the Rebels weren’t able to start the game quite as quickly as they had hoped. In fact, the Woodmen scored first and held a 4-2 advantage three minutes into the contest until Roncalli took control with a 12-0 run midway through the first quarter.

The Rebels had a 23-7 advantage after eight minutes of play and maintained a 51-17 lead going into intermission.

“We started well, but then they got hot, we rushed our offense, and when that happened we had a hard time getting back in transition,” said Woodmen coach Debbie Guckenberger. “When they started to build a lead, we hit the panic button.”

Sophomore Holly Hoopingarner scored all of her game-high 17 points in the second half, but Greenwood hit only 17 of 46 shot attempts overall.

Senior Sarah McLeod added 14 points for the Woodmen.

“Holly got in early foul trouble, and that hurt us,” Guckenberger said. “We have to keep her on the floor.”

Greenwood’s next game will be Tuesday at home against Southport.

“You have to give Roncalli credit tonight. Their defensive press really bothered us up top,” Guckenberger said. “I feel like we’ll learn from this and get better.”

The Rebels travel to Franklin Central tonight for a 7:30 p.m. game.

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