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Greensburg 55, Lawrenceburg 53 OT- 3A Sectional 29 Title

Girls Varsity Basketball at Lawrenceburg Sectional- Monday, February 4

Greensburg 55, Lawrenceburg 53 OT- 3A Championship

Coach Jason Simpson and the Greensburg Lady Pirates successfully defended their 2018 3A Sectional Championship Monday.  To do it, they had to avenge two regular season losses along the way.

On Saturday, the Pirates held off Rushville in the fourth quarter to win, 58-54.  On Monday at Lawrenceburg, Greensburg knocked off the host Lady Tigers in overtime, 55-53.

After a 7-7 tie in the first quarter, Greensburg generated a nice second quarter and led 22-14 at half.  But Coach Zane White’s Tigers, who put together back-to-back 20 win seasons, got back within one at the end of the third, 30-29.

In the fourth, LHS took over the lead with five minutes left in regulation, 36-35, only to see GCHS score six straight to surge back in front, 41-36.

Greensburg again led by five, 45-40, when Taylor Cooney made two free throws with 1:04 to go.

On a second chance opportunity, Justice Chambers buried a three to bring the Tigers within 45-43 with 0:46 remaining.

Micha Morrison bumped the Bucs lead to 46-43 with one freebie at the 0:43 mark, but Tristyn Dennis drilled Lawrenceburg’s second trifecta in as many trips to square the game at 46 with 0:31 to go.

An offensive charge erased Greensburg’s next possession but Lawrenceburg’s chance at a game winner ended with a defensive strip by Melina Wilkison which sent the game to overtime.

The Pirates never trailed in the extra session as Aliyah Evans struck first on a creative inside bucket with her back to the basket.  Juliana Kemper evened the score at 48 with a pair of free throws.

Single free throws by Wilkison and Evans made it 50-48 with 2:02 to go, but Dennis drove to the rim to tie the contest again, 50-50, with 1:50 showing.

Following two missed inside shots by the Tigers, Wilkison went end-to-end to put Greensburg back up by two.  Kemper was fouled on the next possession and hit one free throw.  It was 52-51 Greensburg with 1:04 left.

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