Trent Knoop has been a great asset to the Greenwave offense since his return. Here he hits a three-pointer to give Meade the lead.
On Feb 5. the Meade County High School Greenwave basketball team hosted the Christian Academy of Louisville Centurions. At the start of the game Meade found out quickly that CAL is accurate from the outside when they jumped out to an eight-point lead by knocking down a pair of 3-pointers followed by a put back. Head Coach Jason Tripure promptly called a quick time out in the hopes to give his team a minute to regroup. That timeout seemed to be just what Meade needed. After the timeout Meade put together a 10-4 run that tied the game at 14. That would soon change as CAL began to dominate under the boards boxing Meade out and snatching rebounds for put backs launching them out to an eight-point lead at the end of the first. In the second period Meade continued to find ways to keep the game close by cutting CAL’s lead to only four. Meade was able to get to within one by being aggressive under the boards, but that aggressiveness led to fouls, which allowed CAL to go up by five before the half.
“Our rebounding hurt us tonight that’s for sure when you’re getting out rebounded its not going end well. Those are the things that we just can’t do, and we talked about it at half time and we tried to make that adjustment, but they just beat us to the boards,” Coach Tripure said of the team’s aggressiveness under the boards, “I thought we had some guys boxing out good, then the next time they wouldn’t, so that’s something we have definitely got to get better at. I wrote two things on the board that I thought really hurt us this evening. Rebounding was one of them. We just need to take it from practice to the game.”
Meade started the second have sprinting, they went right into their press defense which quickly had CAL reeling. Meade’s defense was not allowing CAL to spread their lead, but Meade’s offense took open opportunities to whittle away at CAL’s lead. Meade grabbed their first lead of the game with just under three minutes left in the third period. Junior Trent Knoop hit a three-pointer from the corner to get Meade to within one again. Senior Cannon Decker put Meade in front after stealing the ball at half court, and promptly completed the play with a layup to give Meade the one-point lead. Both teams swapped the lead back and forth until CAL was able to hit a pair of 3-pointers that gave them a five-point lead at the end of the third.
Meade would continue to fight and bounce back, tying the game with only five minutes remaining, but CAL sophomore George Washington continued to be a thorne in Meade’s side as he hit his fourth 3-pointer of the night, putting CAL back out in front by four. With time running out, and CAL in the lead, Meade was forced to foul to stop the clock. With CAL hitting their free throws, and Meade not hitting theirs, CAL would go onto win by four, handing Meade their second loss in a row.
“You know I am proud of the way the boys battled. I thought our defense was fairly good and that’s been pretty consistent for us. This is a good team and to be able to hang with them like we did means that we’re going in the right direction,” Tripure said after the game. “We just need to fix those small details like our rebounding and free throws, and we know that. A season is a journey, you take it game to game and hopefully you learn from the last game and do what went right again, and fix the things that aren’t so good, and that’s what we are doing right now. We’re on a journey where we hope we have it all worked out by the end when it counts.”