When the Greenwood girls basketball team needed a fourth-quarter boost, Deauna Evans and Chloe Orrvar stepped up.
The seniors combined for 15 of Greenwood’s 17 fourth-quarter points to help lead the Woodmen to a 53-44 victory against host Indian Creek on Tuesday night.
“I love playing with Deuna,” Orrvar said. “We definitely know how to look for each other, especially because she is going to hustle down the court, and she’s going to be there. That’s how it always is in practice, at least.”
With the Braves up 40-36 entering the fourth quarter, Evans and Orrvar got to work.
Orrvar scored eight points, grabbed two rebounds and assisted Evans on a bucket.
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Evans had seven points and three rebounds. With a 40-40 tie midway through the fourth quarter, she drilled a 3-pointer, made a basket off Orrvar’s pass and scored on an offensive rebound putback to give the Woodmen a 47-40 lead.
“We were down four, and I felt like they saw the need for a sense of urgency,” Greenwood coach Debbie Guckenberger said. “We needed to attack the basket and get to the free-throw line.”
Indian Creek didn’t score its first basket of the fourth quarter until just one minute was left.
“I don’t know what happened other than we just couldn’t score,” Indian Creek coach Dan Burkman said.
Orrvar finished with 14 points. Evans scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Indian Creek senior Brooke Mathena missed her first seven shots, but made six of her next 10 and finished with a game-high 18 points.
“I told her to keep shooting,” Burkman said. “I was not giving her a choice tonight to not hit a shot. I kept running set plays for her. I was calling her number because I could tell Brooke was honed in tonight. Brooke wanted this game tonight. I could see it in her. And I knew as soon as she hit one, it was going to be good.”
Senior Ally Lehman had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Braves.
The Braves only made 6 of 15 free throws, including a couple of misses on the front end of one-and-ones.
Greenwood’s defense kept the Braves scoreless until 2:40 to go in the first quarter.
The Woodmen led 22-12 midway through the second quarter, but Mathena drilled two 3-pointers to help lead an 8-0 run that pulled the Braves within 22-20.
The Woodmen led 25-22 at halftime, hitting 6 of 11 3-pointers.
Greenwood’s bench contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The Woodmen have won five of their last six and snapped Indian Creek’s seven-game winning streak.