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Greenwood didn’t waste time scoring points on Thursday night.

Senior Night might have had a little to do with that.

The Woodmen opened the game with 11 straight points and cruised to a 54-31 victory against visiting Greenfield-Central, winning their second straight game and sixth of their past seven with big play from the seniors.

Senior Deauna Evans scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Classmates Chloe Orrvar and Kelsie Ratliff scored 11 and eight points, respectively.

“I think with it being Senior Night, (the seniors) were all pretty amped up,” Greenwood coach Debbie Guckenberger said. “And they wanted to go out on their home court with a bang.

“I felt like they all just played really well.”

Greenwood (16-4) pushed its 11-0 lead to 19-4 after the first quarter, holding the Cougars (8-12) to 0-for-10 shooting.

During the fast start, the seniors led the way. Evans and Orrvar drilled 3-pointers. Orrvar added a three-point play, and Jordan Unversaw made a bucket.

But the Cougars pulled within nine midway through the second quarter, getting their first field goal after 11 straight misses, before Evans took over.

She scored all 10 of the Woodmen’s points during a 10-3 run to help them to a 29-13 halftime lead.

Evans made 6 of 9 shots in the first half for 18 points. She also had seven rebounds.

“She goes in spurts,” Guckenberger said.

The Cougars shot just 3 of 21 from the field in the first half, and they made just 8 of 47 for the game.

Guckenberger applauded Greenwood’s defensive effort, especially in the first half. Playing out of their zone, the Woodmen stepped over on defense to stop drives to the bucket.

Offensively, they hit 8 of 20 3-pointers.

Guckenberger played all 13 players on the varsity roster, including the six seniors (Unversaw, Taylor Brooks, Evans, Orrvar, Sheridan Estell and Ratliff).

“Everybody was excited for the seniors,” Guckenberger said. “And this has been a really good senior class, senior year. So hopefully we can continue to play well.”

Sophomores Shelby Oldham and Regan Lewis each scored nine points for the Cougars.

Greenwood plays at Franklin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in an opening-round game of the Class 4A Franklin Sectional.

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