Center Grove assistant girls basketball coach Brandon Painter recently showed his players a revealing statistic.
Entering Tuesday’s home game against Perry Meridian, Center Grove was 7-0 when allowing 51 points or less and 0-4 when allowing 55 or more.
The Trojans kept the visiting Falcons well under the 51-point barrier Tuesday, holding them without a field goal in the second quarter and forcing 11 first-quarter turnovers. That helped the Trojans build a 34-10 halftime lead and cruise to a 71-36 victory, their third-straight win and eighth in the last 10 games.
“Our practice the day before the game was dedicated to defense,” said Center Grove sophomore Bri Gliesmann, who led the Trojans with 15 points off the bench. “We want to force as many turnovers as possible and make sure we know where the shooters are.”