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Center Grove girls extend win streak to 5

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The Greenwood and Center Grove girls basketball teams are getting good at avenging previous losses in rematch games.

Who knows, with sectional play just a couple weeks away, maybe they’ll play each other a third time this season.

Sophomore Ali Line scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the visiting Trojans defeat Class 4A No. 11 Greenwood, 57-46, on Tuesday night.

Center Grove (14-4) ended the Woodmen’s four-game winning streak while extending its streak to five games.

Last season, Greenwood lost to the Trojans in the county tourney final, but beat them in the regular season rematch and in the sectional on its way to its first-ever sectional title.

This season, the Woodmen defeated Center Grove 55-48 on Nov. 17 to win the county tourney championship, but lost the regular-season game.

“We’ve had two years of really, really good basketball against those guys,” Center Grove coach Shawn Sanders said.

“It was revenge, but sectional is when it’s going to count,” Line said. “So we just kind of wanted to show them what we had for them. It was just a big game for us.”

The Trojans got 23 free throw attempts, making 17, in part due to slicing drives to the basket.

“This time, we were a little more aggressive,” Sanders said.

Greenwood coach Debbie Guckenberger said Center Grove scouted well.

“We’ve been reaching a lot lately and not stepping over,” she said. “And I think that really cost us, them taking it to the basket.”

The Woodmen got in foul trouble early and lost senior Chloe Orrvar to five fouls with five minutes left.

“It hurt us not having Chloe in because she’s our decision maker, and she’s the one that kind of keeps us calm at the end of the game,” Guckenberger said.

Center Grove also made 14 of 26 two-point field goals and led 47-37 with 5:42 remaining

But that’s when Greenwood senior Deauna Evans took the game over, scoring seven straight points and grabbing three rebounds to pull the Woodmen within three points with the ball with under two minutes left.

The Trojans made all 10 of their free throws at the end for the victory.

Evans finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Greenwood (14-4) hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the Trojans’ lead to one just under a minute into the third quarter.

Led by junior Bobbie Clayton’s nine points on 3-of-3 shooting, the Trojans got 17 points from its bench.

With the largest lead just two points, the teams combined for four ties and five lead changes in the first quarter, heading into the second quarter tied at 11-11.

But Center Grove went on a 13-0 run, getting six points from Line in the process, to take a 24-15 lead with 2:34 left in the first half.

Center Grove is at Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference opponent Lawrence North on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Greenwood plays at Indian Creek at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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