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Struggles on offense hurt Woodmen in loss to Mooresville

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Visiting Mooresville was held to less than 60 points for only the seventh time this season, but the Pioneers improved to 17-4 Friday night by earning their fourth straight boys basketball win, a 58-39 decision at Greenwood.

The Woodmen (6-12), who made only 13 field goals and connected on less than 50 percent of their free throws, lost their second consecutive game.

“All-in-all, we defended them pretty well,” Greenwood coach Bruce Hensley said. “They’re a really good offensive team, and for the most part, we kept them in check.

“We just couldn’t score.”

The Woodmen entered the game averaging 53 points per contest and kept pace with the Mid-State Conference rival Pioneers throughout most of the opening half.

But Greenwood scored only 14 points during the final two quarters.

“We’ve had some sickness, so we had to play some guys a little longer than we wanted to tonight,” Hensley said. “I thought we had a really good effort in the first.”

Senior Jaren Hornbeak led Greenwood with 25 points, but no other teammate scored more than four.

“When you get trapped like we did, you’ve got to be aggressive. You’ve got to take shots and go rebound,” Hensley said. “They (Mooresville) did a really good job of rebounding.”

The Woodmen were even limited on free-throw attempts, and made only 6 of 13 .

“We’ve got to get to the line more, and we’ve got to make it when we get there,” Hensley added.

Senior Jonathan Hurt led the Pioneers with 15 points, while senior teammate Jacob Johnson added 13 points.

Mooresville committed only four turnovers throughout the game.

Six 3-point baskets, including three by Hurt, propelled the Pioneers to a 33-25 halftime lead.

Greenwood plays at Indian Creek at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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