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Woodmen stay perfect with lopsided conference victory

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Senior guard Kelsie Ratliff registered a double-double to help power the Greenwood girls basketball team to a 57-33 win Wednesday night against visiting Mid-State Conference rival Plainfield.

Greenwood, ranked No. 6 in Class 4A, is now 5-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

“Defensively, I feel like we’re just about where we should be,” Woodmen coach Debbie Guckenberger said. “I think we also did a pretty nice job of rebounding tonight.”

However, despite scoring 16 points in the first period, Green­wood struggled on offense during the game’s opening minutes, thanks to poor shot selection.

“We saw things that weren’t there, and we were rushing a lot early on. That’s very uncharacteristic of us,” Guckenberger said. “I like the aggressiveness, but our shot selection wasn’t good.

“Part of the credit for our struggles early in the first goes to Plainfield. They scouted us pretty good.”

Ratliff and fellow senior guard Chloe Orrvar each scored a game-high 15 points, while senior forward Deauna Evans added 11 for a Woodmen team that connected on 24 of 49 shots overall.

Ratliff also had a game-high 11 rebounds.

“She’s had a great season for us so far,” said Guckenberger, applauding Ratliff’s efforts on both ends of the court. “Her contributions have been critical.

“She plays really smart.”

While limiting the Quakers (1-2) to 14-of-50 shooting from the field, Greenwood also dominated the boards 38-29.

Aside from Ratliff, freshman Holly Hoopingarner was the team’s next highest rebounder with six. Evans and senior Jordan Unversaw each chipped in five.

Junior Sophia Wilson and freshman Kyndall Spears led Plainfield in scoring with seven points each.

The Quakers connected on only 1 of their 14 shots from 3-point range.

Greenwood travels to Mooresville for a 12:30 p.m. game Saturday.

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