Greenwood will play in a girls basketball sectional championship game for the third straight season, but advancement to tonight’s Class 4A Whiteland Sectional final against Franklin Central proved tougher than either of the previous two trips.
The Woodmen, who won a 2012 sectional title and lost to the Flashes in last year’s final, held a 33-21 fourth-quarter lead Friday against New Palestine, only to watch the Dragons take a 38-37 lead with 1:13 remaining on a four-point play. Greenwood’s Holly Hoopingarner responded with a 16-foot jumper with 54 seconds to go, and the Woodmen held on from there for a 39-38 win.
Greenwood (10-11) will play Franklin Central (16-4), which defeated Franklin 62-42 in Friday’s other semifinal game, at 7 p.m. tonight. New Palestine, which defeated the Woodmen 55-47 in a Feb. 1 regular-season matchup, ended its season at 9-11.