Warriors move on after 53-point triumph, prepare for Trojans

After three-straight losses by a combined 10 points, Whiteland’s boys basketball team hopes it’s generating positive energy after advancing to the Johnson County Tournament semifinals.

The host Warriors won their second of back-to-back games against Greenwood on Tuesday, cruising to an 80-33 victory in the first-round game at the Johnson County Tournament. Whiteland also defeated Greenwood, 59-28, on Saturday in a Mid-State Conference game on the Woodmen court.

The victory advances Whiteland (5-5) to Friday’s semifinals where it will face Center Grove (5-5) at about 7:30 p.m. The Trojans handed the Warriors one of those close losses, 44-41, on Dec. 14.

Greenwood (0-9) will play at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the consolation bracket against Indian Creek (8-2), which lost to Edinburgh in Tuesday’s other first-round game.

“Ownership of the team has to shift at some point of every season to the players, and after those three close losses, we’re trying to push in that direction,” said Whiteland coach Matt Wadsworth. “We’ve had good enthusiasm in practice, and everybody feels good that we’ve shown some progress.”


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