February 3, 2013
The Green Ridge Tigers looked like a different team in the second half.
That was bad news for the Windsor Greyhounds in the quarterfinals of the Kaysinger Conference boys basketball tournament Saturday at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
Austin Story and Hayden Doane combined for 28 second-half points, and the fourth-seeded Tigers beat No. 5 Windsor 62-56.
Story finished with a game-high 21 points, and Doane totaled 18.
Trenton Johnson paced Windsor with 17 points, Tyler Brockman had 12 — all in the first half — and Aaron Garoutte finished with 10.
The Tigers (14-6) will meet the Cole Camp-Smithton winner in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Windsor (8-11) will face La Monte in a consolation game at 9 p.m. Monday.
“We got the ball into Austin and he showed up to play today,” Green Ridge coach Jason Ollison said. “When he shows up and plays, we’re really good.”
Windsor coach Brent Behler said, “Story’s a big kid. We didn’t get him out of the lane.”
Green Ridge looked sluggish in the first half and trailed 32-25 at halftime.
“I told them at halftime they were too cool. They were trying to be pretty and they tried to look good,” Ollison said. “I said, ‘You’re not going to look good if you’re going to press and play the style we play.’ I said ‘Get sweaty. Get on the floor. Get after the loose balls.’ They responded really well, especially in the second half.”
One reason the Tigers stayed close in the first half was rebounding. While the Tigers held a slim 18-17 edge at halftime, they had nine offensive rebounds compared to Windsor’s zero.
“We gave a lot of offensive boards,” Behler said. “(Axton Harding) and Story really hit the glass hard and caused us some problems.”
Doane and Story scored 22 of the Tigers’ 24 third-quarter points to give them a 48-44 leading, entering the final quarter.
Green Ridge finished off the Greyhounds in the fourth quarter, going 7 of 11 from the free-throw line.
After shooting nearly 50 percent over the first three quarters, the Greyhounds cooled off in the fourth, going 3 for 11 from the field.
“We’re starting to play hard. We’re starting to play for each other. That’s good,” Behler said. “It’s going to benefit us at the end of the season in districts.”
The game was the Greyhounds fifth in six days.
“We had a tough stretch, a lot of games this week,” Behler said. “We just looked exhausted, but we played hard and that’s all I care about.”