Senior Isaac Stennett scored 14 points off the bench to lead the Beech Grove Hornets to a season-opening 63-50 win over the Greenfield-Central Cougars Tuesday night on the Matt English Court at “The Hive.” Stennett scored 12 of his 14 points on treys (three-pointers) as the Hornets shot 22-of-43 from the field (.512), including 11-of-23 from behind the three-point arc (.478).
Senior Josh Copenhaver was the only other Beech Grove player in double figures with 10 points. However, Beech Grove’s bench outscored the visiting Cougars’ bench 35-9 during this non-conference contest. Senior Kaleb Arsenault scored eight while junior Edward Taylor, playing in his first-ever varsity game, picked up six points to go with five rebounds.
Six-foot, ten-inch senior Brice Langford, a transfer from Perry Meridian, scored seven points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists in his Beech Grove debut while junior Jadyn Curry scored six points. Curry led the Orange and Black with seven rebounds (all defensive), dished out three assists and garnered two steals for the Hornets (1-0).
Greenfield-Central (0-1), which shot a frosty 15-of-42 (.357) from the floor (10-of-30 from three-point land), placed three players in double figures, led by sophomore Gavin Robertson’s game-high 15 points. Senior Jacob Cochran added 13 while classmate Brady Mundell poured in 11.
An Achilles’ heel for Beech Grove was free-throw shooting as it made just 8-of-17 from the charity stripe (the Cougars did not fare much better, making just 10-of-18 shots). The Hornets also turned the ball over 14 times (compared with 11 for Greenfield-Central).
The Hornets have now won eight of the past nine season openers dating back to 2011, including seven of eight against the Greenfield-Central Cougars since the rivalry was renewed in the 2012-13 campaign. Beech Grove is 15-9 all-time versus Greenfield-Central.
Beech Grove will be idle until next Friday night, when it hosts Speedway in the Indiana Crossroads Conference opener on the Matt English Court at “The Hive.” Game time is 7:30 p.m. The contest with the crosstown rival Sparkplugs will be the first of two games next weekend as the Hornets will travel to Noblesville High School the next night for a matchup with the host Millers.