BATESVILLE — Senior Ryan Gross kept it suspenseful with a free throw, 71-70, but a Rigney layup with 0:22 left provided the final margin.
Still with a chance to tie, senior Thomas Starks attempted a triple that hit iron. Greensburg, though, was unable to finish off the Cadets. A turnover with five seconds left gave FWC one more chance. However, McIntosh rebounded another long attempt and the Pirates were finally able to celebrate.
Head coach Stacy Meyer, winning his first career state title after making it to the final with Southwestern (Shelby) in 2003, put the recipe for the win in simple terms.
“We get down 10 at half, but these guys never quit,” he said. “Guys make plays that have made plays all year, and we just got enough defensive stops.”
McIntosh led all scorers with 25 points, adding a team-high four assists in 36 minutes. He shot 6-for-6 from the foul line. Sellers scored 19, including a game-high 12 rebounds and 11-for-11 from the line in 29 minutes. Welage followed with 16, including four rebounds in 36 minutes. Rigney scored eight, including a pair of triples and five rebounds in 32 minutes. Holdsworth scored three points. He tallied three assists and one triple in 31 minutes. Burcham scored two and added one assist and a key steal in his 14 minutes played. Senior Shane Ploeger chipped in two minutes off the bench.
Greensburg shot 19-for-25 (76 percent) from the line and committed just nine turnovers, while FWC shot 13-for-20 (65 percent) and committed eight turnovers.
The Pirates shot 48.1 percent from the field overall (25-for-52) after shooting just 32 percent (8-for-25) in the first half. The Cadets shot 50.9 percent overall.
McCall led FWC with 17 points. Senior Ryan Gross scored 14 and added a game-high eight assists. Starks scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high eight boards. Gremaux added 11 points, while Rogers tallied seven points and a game-high four steals.