“I’m real proud of the kids. It was a total team effort,” Woodland head coach Kyle Morgan said. “We’re happy to get the 1-seed. It’s something we set as a goal before the season, so I’m proud of the girls for accomplishing it.”
Attaining the top seed will allow Woodland to host its first region tournament game next week. The team will receive a bye in the first two rounds of the tournament and will only have to win one game to qualify for the state tournament.
On Wednesday, Woodland got off to a fast start and stretched its lead to double digits before the end of the first quarter.
Paulding County came roaring back, however, and cut Woodland’s lead to just one at halftime. The Lady Wildcats were able to hold on in the second half and win another close game thanks to their suffocating defense.
“We had to make some free throws down the stretch and we had to get some stops defensively,” Morgan said. “We’re very fortunate to win against a good Paulding County team.”
Katie Harris was the leading scorer for the Lady Wildcats with 15. Marissa Dubose also reached double figures with 10.
Woodland does not have much time to celebrate the victory as the team plays its third game in as many days today at home against Allatoona at 6 p.m.
Cass 64, Cedartown 56
Cass lost its premier post player before the game but still found a way to defeat Cedartown on the road Wednesday, 64-56, in overtime.
The victory was even sweeter because the Lady Bulldogs had upset region power Pickens County on Tuesday, 44-43.
Rejiyah Burley helped pave the way for the victory with a 21-point performance.
“It was a great team effort,” head coach Jamie Horton said. “We were short-handed because Ashley Hutchins was injured and didn’t play, but our girls stepped up and played as a team.”
He said the Lady Colonels still had to overcome a stiff challenge from Cedartown as the Lady Bulldogs grabbed a 10-point lead in the third quarter.
“We started chipping away in the third and fourth quarter and came back and tied it up and then won in overtime,” Horton added.
Cass improved its overall record to 11-13 with the victory and now is 2-5 in its region.
The Lady Colonels next play again Monday in the region tournament, which is being played at Cass High.
Also scoring for Cass were Jana Morning, 15 points, and Savanna Hutchins, 12.
Lady Canes 63, Coahulla Creek 32
Cartersville claimed its 20th victory of the season with a 63-32 mauling of Coahulla Creek on Wednesday night in girls high school basketball.
Morgan and Maya Jones led the team in scoring as they dropped 14 and 10 points, respectively, on the Lady Colts.
Cartersville never trailed in the game, which was played in Dalton.
The victory improved Cartersville’s overall record to 20-3 with a sparkling 13-0 record in Region 5-AAA.
Coahulla Creek dropped to 7-16 overall with a 4-8 region record.
The Lady Canes return to the hardwood Friday night, when they entertain North Murray. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.