Busy night of hoops: Center Grove puts pressure on Franklin

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Center Grove girls basketball coach Shawn Sanders wasn’t pleased with the Trojans’ defense during consecutive losses to Greenwood and Decatur Central.

Each time, they allowed 55 points.

But on Tuesday night, Sanders was much more pleased as the Trojans scored 20 points off 19 Franklin turnovers and held the Grizzly Cubs to just 11 of 43 shooting in a 56-38 victory.

“Coming off the two losses, I think we cleaned up some of the problems that we had defensively,” Sanders said.

Center Grove (5-2) used a pressuring back-court defense to rattle the Cubs (3-3) and an effective half-court defense that limited easy baskets, especially in the second and fourth quarters.

Clinging to a 22-19 lead midway through the second, the Trojans used an 11-2 run to end the half with a 33-21 halftime lead, taking the quarter 15-6. And then they used a 13-3 fourth quarter to pull away.

“I think this team could be really, really good defensively if they just commit to it and play together and talk and just really work together with the mindset that they’re going to get stops,” Sanders said.

A good example of getting stops came late in the first half when the Trojans scored six points off three turnovers in the final minute.

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