Utilizing an effective inside-to-outside offense combined with a suffocating trap defense, Greenwood had little trouble against New Palestine in girls basketball action Tuesday. The 75-20 nonconference win gave 10th-year Woodmen coach Debbie Guckenberger her 100th career win.
“Reaching the century mark has been a joyful work in progress over the years,” said Guckenberger. “I love the game and enjoy the teaching aspect of coaching and being around the kids. Obviously, what drew me to coaching was the love of basketball.”
Greenwood decided the outcome early in this one against a very young Dragons squad, forcing 10 turnovers and converting them into a 15-0 score by the end of the first period.
Senior guard Chloe Orrvar knocked down two of her three 3-pointers, and senior Kelsie Ratliff hit a hook shot off the glass in the first quarter to go with two free throws by senior forward Deauna Evans.
Ratliff and Evans continued to capitalize on New Palestine turnovers, and with four minutes left in the half, Greenwood had upped its margin to 28-7.
Ratliff accounted for 10 of her game-high 19 points in the first two quarters.
Down by the score of 35-11 at the half, New Palestine tried to keep pace but to no avail, scoring only five points in the third quarter and four in the fourth.
Guckenberger said it was important for her team to not only get off to a fast-start but maintain an even keel throughout the contest.
“I felt like we came out and attacked defensively and attacked the basket getting us to the free throw line,” she said. “To allow our opponent only 20 points when our starters played only about 50 percent of the game says a lot about our kids who came off the bench because they’re hungry to play, too.”
Also hitting double figures for the Woodmen was Evans with 16 points, including 9 of 11 free throws. Orrvar and senior forward Sheriden Estell each had 11 points.
Topping New Palestine (2-12) with six points was Natalie Kehert.
The Woodmen (12-3) don’t return to the hardwood until Tuesday night at Southport.