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Warriors girls can’t overcome 21-point barrage by Greenfield-Central

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Visiting Greenfield-Central scored 21 straight points to open the second quarter Friday and rolled to a 50-23 victory against the Whiteland girls basketball team.

The Warriors (1-19), who scored the game’s opening basket, committed 13 of their 18 turnovers in the opening half and were limited to only two field goals before intermission.

“We felt like we had a good opportunity to keep the score down if we could beat their press and not turn the ball over,” Warriors’ coach Kyle Shipp said. “But their pressure was really good. They got us to turn the ball over, and they converted.

“We couldn’t get anything set on defense because they were always in transition.”

The Cougars (13-6) made 13 of their 25 shot attempts during the game’s first two periods and held a commanding 32-5 halftime lead.

“We have to know when to take a shot and when not to take a shot,” Shipp said. “Our kickers have to be ready to shoot the ball.

“We’ll continue to work on that, taking care of the ball and our defensive stops.”

Sophomore Kate White led Whiteland with 10 points, but no other player scored more than five.

Freshman Madison Wise was Greenfield-Central’s top scorer. The guard/forward had 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Junior Regan Lewis added nine points and six rebounds.

“Our whole mission is to continue to get better,” Shipp said. “This is a process, and we’re learning from every game.

“Many of these girls are just now finishing their first year of varsity basketball.”

The Warriors host Greenwood for a sectional game Tuesday.

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