With sectional play starting next week, Greenwood boys basketball coach Bruce Hensley wanted to see scoring from other players and not just senior Jaren Hornbeak, the team’s leading scorer.
Hensley liked what he saw Tuesday night as the Woodmen got scoring — and lots of it — from the entire team.
The visiting Woodmen took control early and rolled to an 82-63 victory against Indian Creek, snapping a two-game skid and ending Indian Creek’s four-game winning streak.
Greenwood’s shots fell right away as it made 9 of 13 field goals in the first quarter and led 23-15 with Hornbeak, who finished with a game-high 23 points, scoring no points in the opening period.
“For us to score 23 points and Jaren not to have points, I think that speaks for all of our players,” Hensley said. “We had a talk with our kids. ‘Hey, if we’re going to do some damage in the tournament, we have got to get other guys besides him being more aggressive and looking for shots.’”
With Hornbeak not scoring, others stepped up in the opening period. Senior Shane Roberts hit two 3-pointers. Senior Avonta Waddy scored six points. And Greenwood got additional 3-pointers each from senior Brandon Petty, junior Spencer Isenthal and sophomore Justin Conley.
But Hornbeak got going in the second quarter, scoring 11 points and helping Greenwood to a 41-29 halftime lead.
Greenwood (7-12) shot 27 of 41 (65.9 percent) from the field, including 10 of 14 from behind the 3-point line. Its 82 points were 30 points above its season average and 16 higher than the Woodmen’s previous highest offensive output this season.
“We shot the ball really well tonight,” Hensley said. “We scored 82; that’s really good for us. I thought we were really efficient. I don’t remember us taking too many bad shots.”
Sophomore Alex Rapp and Petty each scored 14 points for Greenwood. Roberts finished with 11 points, and Waddy had eight.
Indian Creek shot the ball well in the first half, making 12 of 20 (60 percent) field goals.
The only problem was that the Woodmen shot better, making 15 of 24 (62.5 percent) shots.
The Braves had five players in double figures, led by sophomore Gynson Robley’s 16 points and eight rebounds. Sophomores Tyler Parks and Cameron Smith each scored 12 points, while seniors Brett DeHart and Austin Smith each scored 11.
Indian Creek (9-10) plays at Mid-Hoosier Conference opponent Waldron at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a chance for at least a share of the conference title.
The Woodmen host New Palestine at 7:30 p.m. Friday.