Woodmen grab county championship trophy

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After winning Mid-State Conference and sectional titles this past season, seniors on the Greenwood girls basketball team were missing only one trophy: the one for the Johnson County championship.

They aren’t missing it anymore.

The host Class 4A No. 6 Woodmen, playing in their third-straight county final, beat Center Grove 55-48 in Saturday’s title game.

With the victory, the Woodmen claimed their first county championship since 2007.

“This is the one tournament, the one portion of the trifecta, that this senior class hasn’t been able to finish out,” Woodmen coach Debbie Guckenberger said. “So I think more than anything, they’ve won a conference, and they’ve won a sectional.

“A sectional still outweighs anything, but I feel like they just really wanted to accomplish this before they graduated.”

Saturday marked the third-straight time in the past year that Greenwood (4-0) and Center Grove (4-1) were dueling for championships. The Trojans beat Greenwood in this past year’s county tournament, but the Woodmen avenged the disappointment by knocking Center Grove out of the sectional.

Winning Saturday’s county tournament in many ways brought everything full-circle for Woodmen players who took part in this past year’s clashes.

“We got them in sectionals,” senior Deuna Evans said. “We knew that they would be trying to go hard, get the ball and win. And we just knew that we had some revenge to get, as well.”

Guckenberger had a feeling the game was going to be close, and she was right.

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