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Woodmen eventually wear down Edinburgh

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Offensive woes didn’t hinder the Greenwood boys basketball team against visiting Edinburgh on Thursday night.

The Class 4A Woodmen (6-10) registered their season-high third consecutive win with a 53-34 victory against the Class A Lancers (8-6).

Senior Jaren Hornbeak had a game-high 18 points and 12 rebounds for a Greenwood team that committed 12 of its 21 turnovers in the opening half and connected on 17 of 37 shot attempts overall.

“I felt that Hornbeak let the game come to him, especially early on,” Woodmen coach Bruce Hensley said. “He’s been our leading rebounder all year, but he played well on both ends of the floor tonight.”

Defensive pressure was key for Greenwood, especially during in the first half. After scoring only seven points in the opening quarter, Edinburgh was limited to three points in the second and trailed 20-10 at halftime.

The Lancers committed 13 first-half turnovers and hit only 4 of 18 field-goal attempts during that same span.

“We struggled some with their man-to-man (defense), and we just didn’t play well offensively, but I’m happy with how we defended,” Hensley said. “We let them dictate the pace early on, but when we picked things up a little we got going the way we wanted to.”

Senior Shane Roberts added eight points and six rebounds for Greenwood, while junior Alex Rapp chipped in seven points.

Junior Matt Heagy scored a team-high 11 points for Edinburgh, but the Lancers connected on only 5 of their 16 shots from the free-throw line.

Sophomore Colin Hoskins added eight points and a team-high nine rebounds but Edinburgh managed only 12 field goals throughout the game.

“The guys feel pretty good about themselves right now, but we still need to be more consistent,” Hensley said. “We’re getting better, but we need to play better for longer stretches.”

Greenwood’s next game is Tuesday at Southport. The Lancers play at 12:30 p.m. Saturday against visiting Knightstown.

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