Center Grove uses defense to down Warriors

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Center Grove played what coach Cliff Hawkins described as its best all-around offensive game this season in Tuesday’s Class 4A boys basketball sectional-opener.

The tournament-host Trojans needed every bit of the scoring against a Whiteland team that mounted a furious fourth-quarter comeback.

Center Grove hit 56.5 percent of its field-goal tries, including 61.1 percent from 3-point range, and built an 18-point second-quarter lead, only to watch the Warriors whittle the Trojans’ advantage to just three with 1:06 remaining.

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