Sophomore guard Holly Hoopingarner hit 11 of 12 second-half free throw attempts Tuesday night to help Greenwood pull away from visiting Southport for a 57-44 victory in girls basketball.
Hoopingarner, who was limited to six points in the opening half, registered a game-high 23 points for the Woodmen (7-8).
“Holly got off to a slow start, but she’s absolutely relentless. She will continue to attack whether she’s hitting or not,” Greenwood coach Debbie Guckenberger said.
“She also did a better job of setting others up tonight and letting the game come to her. Holly is very confident for a sophomore.”
Other Woodmen also played with confidence against the Cardinals.
In fact, senior Sarah McLeod scored 17 points and registered a team-high 10 rebounds, and sophomore Megan Overton added eight points.
The Greenwood bench came through for Guckenberger early in the game when Hoopingarner and senior center Brittany Gray both found themselves in foul trouble.
“Madeline Wolf did an excellent job of understanding her role and Madison Renfro helped with ball handling,” Guckenberber said. “Our bench really stepped up.”
Senior center Molly Bridges led Southport (4-10) with 11 points. She also had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Freshman Emma DeHart and senior Madison Kendall each chipped in nine points for a Cardinals team that dropped its third consecutive game.
“This was a good team win for us,” Guckenberger said. “We had them down 14 or 15 points and, overall, did a good job of holding our lead. Our decisions the last four or five minutes were critical.”
Greenwood plays at Decatur Central at 6 p.m. Thursday on the front end of a girls/boys doubleheader.