Greenwaves fall on last second Hail Mary


RICH FAIRMAN

Sports Reporter


The Meade County High School Greenwave Basketball team was back in action after losing a week of games and practices due to the weather. Meade hosted the Bullitt Central Cougars on Feb 23, looking to turn their season around and bounce back from a four-game losing streak. Meade came out looking strong, beginning the game in a zone defense. Head Coach Jason Tripure put junior Grant Beavin on Bullitt Central’s lead scorer and had him chase his movements all over the court. That defense worked well, shutting Bullitt Central down offensively while Meade capitalized on turnovers to jump out to a nine-point lead over Bullitt Central, forcing their head coach to call a timeout. Bullitt Central came out of the timeout and worked their way around Meade’s defense to go on an 11-point run that gave them the lead, forcing Tripure to call a timeout of his own. The remainder of the first half was a battle of who wanted it more. Bullitt Central led Meade by four after the first period, but Meade never gave up, fighting for every point and ball they could get. By the time the first half was over, Meade had chipped away at Bullitt Central’s lead until finally grabbing a two-point lead at the half.

“Our whole goal tonight was to chase those guys, numbers five and three (Hunter Coleman and Dalton Lesher). Those guys can put up some points. They have other kids that can score, but our whole goal was to slow those two down. Grant did a great job. He has a lot of energy and maybe this is something we go with moving forward,” Tripure said of the first half’s defensive scheme. “A few weeks ago our defense was horrendous, and we couldn’t guard anyone, so we’ve been working on it and seems to gotten a lot better.”

The second half turned into a physical battle under the boards as both teams fought for every rebound, or loose ball, but Meade was able to build on their lead from the first half, giving them a little breathing room. Bullitt Central continued to chip away at Meade’s lead slowly but just could not get the lead back. Meade still maintained a three-point lead going into the fourth to stay out in front, but Bullitt Central made a run midway through the fourth that would tie the game with just under two minutes left on the clock. After a Meade County timeout, both teams traded baskets back and forth keeping the game close right down to the last 40-seconds. Meade got to within one of Bullitt Central off a Bevin three-pointer, but Bullitt Central went back up by two on a free throw. With just 8.1 seconds left in the game, senior Cannon Decker drove the lane to drop in the tying basket. Bullitt Central was able to get the ball down the court and to the corner where a waiting Cougar put up a Hail Mary as time ran out, dropping in a 3-point shot to win the game, leaving Meade scratching their heads as to what just happened.

“Defensively I thought we played a great game; we just didn’t come out and score enough points offensively. I could not have asked for much more. They were getting after it pretty good, and made things difficult for them offensively,” Tripure said after the game. “I thought Dylan (Abell) and Casey (Turner) did a good job down low. We had some plays where we got the ball to them and let them take it to the hole, and some worked, and some didn’t. We have some sets that we run through those guys, but it’s hard when you lose like this after playing so hard.”


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