Big second half lifts Greene to sectional playoff win

Girls’ Basketball

Greene 76, Candor 47

GREENE – Candor gave Greene trouble for one half, then the Trojans unleashed their full offensive arsenal.

The Trojans scored 50 points in the second half, and blew out the Indians in what appeared like a game headed toward a fantastic finish.

Coming off a game the previous weekend where they played their worst third quarter – and led to a loss to Harpursville – the Trojans easily played their best third quarter in a 20-1 campaign. It was especially impressive considering it was a sectional playoff win over a team with a winning record. “I felt that we were too good of a team to continue to miss the shots we were missing in the first half,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton. “By the same token, I never thought we would shoot as well as a we did in the third quarter.”

After giving up the initial hoop of the third stanza to fall behind 28-26, the Trojans embarked on a 25-4 run. Barb Borst scored 14 during the quarter including a pair of three-pointers, while Megan McDermott had nine in the stanza. Most of McDermott’s points came off the offensive glass, and she finished with six offensive rebounds for the game.

McDermott and Borst finished with 23 points apiece for Greene, who advance to the Class C semifinals Tuesday night at home against Harpursville. Liz Wentlent controlled the Trojans’ offense as its point guard, and nearly had a triple-double winding up with 16 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. “Lizzy can score a lot of points if she wanted to, but the only points she cares about are Greene’s,” Gorton said. “She sees the floor and did a nice job getting the ball to the open man.”

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