Greenville Indians take action in finals

Indian player Wade Neer, left, tries to out stretch the Plumas Charter School Badger Kieran Cooke on Feb. 10 during a last minute challenge. Teammate Nick Hampton, no. 32, is on hand for backup. Photo by Anna Lawson

The first game of the CIF Northern Section Girls Basketball Playoffs for 2020 took place in Greenville on Feb. 19 with a challenge from the American Christian Academy Eagles of Anderson.

The Indians cleaned their clocks with a score of 68-31 in the quarterfinals.

Indians 68, Eagles 31

GHS junior Alexis Goodson pulled out all the stops in the first playoff game scoring 28 points to lead the Indians. Goodson hit six of her seven free throw shots. Senior Ashlyn Bustamante cemented the effort with 24 points on the board including landing four 3-point long shots and four of five free throws.

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Lacie Banchio scored 6 points, Ashlyn Heard scored 4 and Justina Jaimes, Julieanna Fieldson and Morgan Tyler all scored 2 points each.

Goodson picked up 21 rebounds, 12 defensive and nine on offense. Bustamante gathered 11 defensive rebounds. Tyler picked up five, Heard four, Fieldson three, Jaimes, Banchio and Emma Hampton picked up two each.

The Indian girls rode the edge with Fieldson and Heard both picking up four personal fouls but managing to stay in the game. Hampton, Bustamante and Goodson all were credited with two each.

Semifinals

The victory moved the GHS Indians up the ladder to the semifinals, Feb. 21, facing the Butte Valley Bulldogs.

The Indians were given the home court advantage.

Heading into the game the GHS girls overall record was 17-9 and the Bulldogs sat at 13-11.

Greenville boys

The Indians faced the Princeton Eagles on Feb. 18 for the first round in playoffs and won by a score of 89-62.

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Senior Andrew Putnam was on fire landing 33 points for Greenville. Senior Harlan Savala scored 16 points and Garrett Miille put up 10 for GHS. Wade Neer hit the mark to score 9 points, Rodney Meyer scored 7, freshman Lewis Carmichael scored 5 points, Nick Hampton 4, Nick Lal 3 and Trevor Barr added 2.

Semifinals

The win over Princeton took the GHS Indians forward in playoffs to the semifinal round to face the Big Valley Cardinals from Beiber.

The challenging Cardinals record going into the game was 16-8 overall and 10-4 in their league where they tied for second place with Butte Valley.