GREENWOOD — The Plainfield Quakers didn’t have enough gas in the tank on Friday night, falling to the Greenwood Woodmen 49-45 in overtime.
Plainfield (3-11) started the game off on the wrong foot, recording 11 turnovers and only two assists, and trailed Greenwood by 10 at halftime, 24-14.
The Quakers rallied in the second half and put the Woodmen on the ropes. Plainfield outscored Greenwood 21-5 in the first four minutes to take the lead 35-29 before the Woodmen were forced to call a timeout. Senior Bobby Jensen scored 12 of his 17 points during the Quakers’ onslaught.
“We came out with a sense of urgency, we needed to take better care of the basketball and we had to get some assists and go inside to our bigs,” Plainfield coach Andy Weaver said of their half time adjustments. “We just played with a lot more effort to start the second half.”
Greenwood (4-10) came roaring back with a 9-3 run to close out regulation and tie the game. The Woodmen had possession with nine seconds left, but Justin Conley double-dribbled driving for a would-be game winning basket. The Quakers’ ensuing inbound went to Reece Crawford, who pushed toward the lane trying to get Jensen the ball, but a turnover with just seconds left sent the game into an extra period.
“We put the ball in Crawford’s hand and tried to set a high ball screen and let him make a decision with a shot or dump it down to Jensen, and it looked like he just lost the handle.” Weaver said.
In overtime, the Quakers led by one early, the last lead they would hold. Greenwood closed out on an 8-2 run to put the final nail in the coffin. A layup by senior Avonta Waddy and a foul shot made it a two-possession game. On the next Plainfield possession, Waddy stole a Crawford pass at midcourt and laid in a dagger layup with 13 seconds left.
“It got away from us when we got down a couple possessions. Once we got down we fouled and we weren’t very intelligent about who to foul and those types of things,” Weaver said. “Until we consistently play hard for 32 minutes we’re always going to struggle and we’re not there yet.”