Late surges lift Greenwood past scrappy Whiteland

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No telling how deep Greenwood’s girls basketball team could go this postseason if only the final four minutes of each quarter counted.

Woodmen coach Debbie Guckenberger is in no hurry to find out.

Her team literally saved its best for last in Friday night’s 40-32 victory against county rival Whiteland, outscoring the Warriors by a total of 30-9 when factoring in the last half of the four quarters.

The semifinal win at the Class 4A sectional at Franklin Community High School moved 12th-ranked Greenwood (18-4) into tonight’s 7:30 championship game opposite No. 9 Franklin Central (18-4). The Flashes advanced by defeating New Palestine 61-23 in Friday’s second semifinal.

This marks the first time in eight years the programs will meet, the Flashes scoring a 53-28 decision against the Woodmen in a first-round sectional game in February 2005.

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