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Lady Pirates breeze into sectional semifinal

Feb. 1—LAWRENCEBURG — Wednesday's first sectional game at Lawrenceburg was one that many fans circled when the IHSAA announced the tournament draw. In a sectional full of EIAC teams, Greensburg (first in conference) met Franklin County (second in conference) in the opening round.

An 8-point game at halftime was blown open by the Lady Pirates with a 24-8 third quarter as Greensburg eliminated the Lady Wildcats 60-26. The Lady Pirates improve to 19-4 on the year and face host Lawrenceburg in the second semifinal Friday.

Mylie Wilkison got the scoring started with a pair of free throws at the 6:39 mark of the first quarter. Franklin County answered with a lay-up by Madesyn Sunderhaus. A Leah West bucket gave Greensburg the lead. The game was never tied and the Lady Pirates never trailed the rest of the way.

Aly Powers drained a left-corner 3-pointer to push the lead to 7-2. After a bucket by Franklin County's Ruby Singer, a Wilkison free throw and bucket by Claire Larrison extended Greensburg's lead. Franklin County got a 3-pointer from Sunderhaus to cut the deficit to three, but Powers answered with a 3-pointer to give the Lady Pirates a 13-7 lead after the first eight minutes.

Larrison scored the first four points of the second quarter, forcing a Franklin County time out. After the break, the Lady Wildcats scored four straight. A Wilkison 3-pointer and bucket by Powers in the lane pushed Greensburg's lead to 22-10.

A driving bucket by Tiffany Billman for Franklin County closed the half with Greensburg on top 22-14.

The teams traded four points early in the third quarter. With Greensburg still leading by eight points, a reverse lay-up by Powers ignited a 14-0 run. Powers had six in the run, Mary Harmon added one and Wilkison scored the final seven (two on a pair of technical foul shots), including a 3-pointer to extend the Greensburg lead to 40-18.

A Sunderhaus lay-up stopped the run momentarily as Greensburg West hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to extend the lead to 43-20. After another bucket by Sunderhaus for Franklin County, Wilkison dialed up a 3-pointer from the top of the key and it found the bottom of the net as the quarter came to a close with the Lady Pirates in control, up 46-22.

A traditional three point play by Wilkison opened the final eight minutes. After four straight from West, Wilkison hit another bomb to extend the lead to 56-22. Greensburg's final four points came on a drive by Powers and bucket in the lane by Emma McQueen as Greensburg closed out the 60-26 victory.

The Lady Pirates outscored the Lady Wildcats 38-12 in the second half.

The Lady Pirates were led by Wilkison's 24 points (18 in the second half. Powers was also in double figures with 16 points. West had nine points followed by Larrison six, Harmon three and McQueen two.

Sunderhaus led the Lady Wildcats with 11 points.

Contact Aaron Kirchoff at aaron.kirchoff@greensburgdailynews.com