What would normally turn into a blowout victory for the Pirates did not this time. The Bulldogs dug in and battled the defending champs to the end.
The Bulldogs outscored the Pirates 24-16 over the final eight minutes.
Blake Walsman gave the Bullldogs a lift with a three-point play to open the fourth quarter and quickly got the margin to 11 points. Later with McIntosh forced to the bench for a brief stint with four fouls, a 3-pointer by McKinney trimmed the lead to 46-39.
After a three point play by Sellers, Batesville was able to cut the deficit to five points on a pair of free throws by Walsman and a Hoeing 3-pointer with 3:41 to play in the game.
The Bulldogs got as close as four points on a field goal by Walsman at the 2:46 mark and later on a pair of McKinney free throws with 1:18 remaining.
Greensburg made free throws down the stretch when they mattered most. McIntosh was 2-of-2 and Sellers went 4-of-4 as the Pirates held on for the victory.
Hoeing finished with a game-high 31 points against a talented Pirate defense. Walsman was second on the team and the only other player in double figures with 11 points.
Sellers set the pace for coach Stacy Meyer’s crew with 21 points followed by McIntosh with 18. Welage added 11 points.
The Pirates (24-1) move on to the regional round and will play Silver Creek (15-8) at Washington High School. Evansville Memorial (16-6) and Jasper (14-9) fill the other side of the bracket.
An impressive season comes to an end for the Bulldogs. Batesville finished with a record of 18-4 with three of the losses coming to the Pirates and other to Columbus East.
“We say goodbye to seven seniors that led us with high character, class and effort,” Garrett commented. “They have added a very successful chapter to Batesville basketball.”
Batesville (55) McKinney 9, Kase 0, Dennis 0, Hoeing 31, Walsman 11, Longstreth 4, Gowan 0.
Greensburg (61) Holdsworth 3, Rigney 6, Welage 11, Sellers 21, McIntosh 18, Lawrence 2.