“Getting the ball inside, which is obviously our strength, we were pretty patient both quarters, much more disciplined than we’ve been a lot of times and we stepped up defensively,” Lentz said.
Lawrence Central got the better of Ben Davis in the middle quarters. The Giants turned the ball over 10 times in that span.
Lawrence Central’s biggest deficit came after the first quarter but shrank tremendously after a 15-6 run midway through the second.
For a short stretch, the Bears had three consecutive three-point possessions that got them to within two of the Giants. Lawrence Central’s Kyra Tucker had 12 points in the quarter and led all scorers with 23 in the game.
Ben Davis entered having lost its last three games. With sectionals looming on Feb. 6, Lentz said he knew the team had to play better ball to get some type of momentum heading into the first round.
“Of course, we had to get off on a winning note before the tournament,” he said. “It was obviously a point of emphasis to play well and by this point of the season, moral victories aren’t very good.”
The Giants drew (7-12) Decatur Central in the first round of sectionals. In their only matchup of the year on Jan. 10, the Giants came out victorious over the Hawks, 62-52.