SWITZ CITY -- Eastern Greene outscored host White River Valley 33-13 in the second half on their way to a 47-22 Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference win here Friday night.
EGHS improves to 11-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play while WRV slips to 8-8 overall and 1-4 in the SWIAC.
"Last month I thought we got out-toughed here and that's something that our program rarely does," EGHS coach Levi Carmichael said. "Going all the way back to when I was a little kid here."
"In the first three possessions of the game, we turned it over and then you come out in the second half and throw it into the crowd," WRV coach J.B. Neill said. "Until my kids mentally want to take an approach to the game of basketball here's going to be the end result -- and as a group we're not doing that, it's obvious."
It was definitely a game of two halves and two games within a game.
WRV turned the ball over on three of their first four possessions and missed a layup while the Thunderbirds missed their first six shots from the field.
The end result was a 7-5 lead for EGHS at the first stop and 14-9 at the break. But oh things turned around in the second half.
While WRV continued to struggle to find any success, the Thunderbirds suddenly began to thrive.
They made up for their own slow start by connecting on 10 of 17 from the field in the final two frames.
WRV continued to fizzle hitting just four of their seven total field goals in nine total attempts.
"Since the Greene County tourney, we've gotten worse," Neill said. "You shoot 20 percent, a lot them in the lane -- I can't make their shots for them -- we've got a lot of guys shooting terrible percentages from the free throw line and the floor -- but there's not a one of them willing to put any extra time in to get better, before or after practice it's like a ghost town around here."
Carmichael credited White River Valley for being able to contain Brough and Kurtis Stille in the first half. Brough helped break the game open hitting a total of seven field goals himself on 16 shots. It's a tally that included five of the Thunderbirds' eight 3-pointers on 11 attempts.
"They know us front to back and we know them front to back, we probably know too much about each other," Carmichael said. "In the first half that was probably the case, in the second half we made some adjustments and our kids made plays -- that was a big key."
Stille, who was held to just a pair of free throws in the first half, scored seven in the second half. That's a tally that included a pair of old fashioned three-point plays down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
Stille's efforts, combined with a trey from Logan Frye and a free toss from Braydon Crowe that helped push the lead to over 20 points.
WRV was shutout from the scoreboard over the final four minutes and seven seconds of the contest.
"You can scout and draw X and O all you want," Neill said. "But if you can't make a shot, then it's a pretty tough game. And if you're not willing to work at it that makes it tougher.
"That's where we're at. As a group our work ethic's pathetic."
Carmichael also credited his defense for limiting WRV's senior post player Luke Mowery to just 10 points even though he did haul in a game-high 11 rebounds to help his team with what turned out to be an insignificant 32-26 edge on the glass.
"We can't match up with him man-to-man," Carmichael said. "He's just a beast in there, but with a zone we were able to do a little bit with him.
"He was still able to find position in there and do a little bit."
In the junior varsity game, Eastern Greene captured a 36-28 win thanks to 14 points by Cam Creager and 10 from Alex Brough.
Cole Chitwood added four, Colden Roberts two and Devon Veatch one for the winners.
Colten Gregory led WRV with nine points while Conner Hill added seven, Jorden English five, Jonathan Koenig four and Justin Barnett three.
The Thunderbirds return to action Saturday (tonight) when they celebrate homecoming against South Knox. The queen will be crowned between jv and varsity games.
For the Wolverines its a trip to Spencer Saturday (tonight) to take on Owen Valley.
Both games start with the junior varsity at 6 p.m.
EASTERN GREENE (47) -- Briar Martindale 0-1 0-0 0, Kurtis Stille 2-3 5-6 9, Tyler Yoho 0-0 0-2 0, Logan Frye 4-7 0-0 10, Tyler Brough 7-16 2-2 21, Zak Eckerle 0-0 1-2 1, Jacob Henderson 1-3 0-1 3, Nathan Sparks 1-4 0-2 2, Braydon Crowe 0-0 1-2 1, Camden Sego 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Hartman 0-2 0-0 0, Alex Brough 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-36 9-15 47.
WHITE RIVER VALLEY (22) -- Jonathan Koenig 0-2 1-4 1, Luke Mowery 4-10 2-2 10, MIchael Fisher 1-3 0-0 3, Trey Gamble 0-3 0-0 0, Cade Hill 1-8 0-0 2, Mitch Ingram 0-0 4-4 4, Jorden English 1-1 0-0 2, Nick Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Colten Gregory 0-1 0-0 0, Conner Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Cody Ault 0-0 0-0 0, Justin Barnett 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter Cornelius 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 7-28 7-10 22.
Eastern Greene 7 7 16 17 -- 47
White River Valley 5 4 8 5 -- 22
3-point shooting -- Eastern Greene 8-18 (T. Brough 5-11, Frye 2-3 Henderson 1-1, Martindale 0-1, Sparks 0-2), White River Valley 1-5 (Fisher 1-2, Gamble 0-1, Hill 0-2). Rebounds -- Eastern Greene 26 (T. Brough 5, Stille 5), White River Valley 32 (Mowery 11). Steals -- Eastern Greene 10 (Frye 2, T. Brough 2, Martindale 2, Stille 2), White River Valley 3 (Fisher 2). Blocks -- Eastern Greene 3 (T. Brough 2), White River Valley 2 (Gamble, Ault). Turnovers -- Eastern Greene 7, White River Valley 16. Total fouls -- Eastern Greene 12, White River Valley 16. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none. Junior varsity -- Eastern Greene 36, White River Valley 28.