Greenville boys edged by Big Valley Cardinals

Sam Johnson finds an open shot. Johnson led Greenville with 16 points in a home  game against Big Valley Wednesday, Feb. 1. Photo by Shannon Morrow
Shannon Morrow
Sports Editor

The Greenville High School boys’ basketball team lost 44-40 in a home game against the Big Valley Cardinals Wednesday, Feb. 1.

This was one of the closest matches the Greenville Indians have played this season, as most of their other contests have ended with much wider scoring margins.

After a nearly equal first quarter which ended with Big Valley leading 12-11, Greenville had a brilliant second period, outscoring Big Valley 15-3 to take a 22-15 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Big Valley scored 14 points — twice as many as Greenville — to cut the Indians’ advantage to a four-point lead.

The Indians netted the first two baskets of the fourth quarter to take a 37-30 lead, but then Big Valley went on a 14-point run to take over the game.

Turnovers and missed free throws plagued Greenville down the stretch.

The Indians ended the game on a positive note when Tony Rogers nailed a three-point shot at the final buzzer.

Sam Johnson led Greenville’s scoring with 16 points, followed by Rogers with nine.

Rogers led the Indians with eight rebounds, and Andrew Fairbanks pulled in seven rebounds.

Rogers and Fairbanks grabbed three steals each, and Johnson was credited with four deflections.

Prior to the boys’ game, the Greenville girls lost to Big Valley 47-24.

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