The victory sets up a semi-final match for the Lady Wildcats against undefeated Pepperell today at 7 p.m. at Berry College’s Cage Center.
“We had a much better start than in our first-round game [against Adairsville] and that momentum kind of carried us tonight,” head coach Kyle Morgan said. “Our defensive pressure converted into some easy baskets for us.”
The Lady Wildcats overwhelmed Model from the opening whistle as they worked their way out to a 16-4 lead after a quarter of play.
Woodland kept Model’s scoring in single digits for the second frame as well as it bulled its way to a 26-13 halftime lead.
Model hit the double-digit mark in the third frame with 10 points, but Woodland dropped 14 points on it for a 40-23 margin.
The Lady Wildcats hit the mark for 16 points in the final period while allowing 11 points.
Aubri Branch, Ayrianna Metcalf and Katie Harris each scored 10 points for Woodland while Sydney Boyd tickled the nets for nine.
Morgan said one of Woodland’s strengths in the game was ball distribution. “We shared the ball pretty well on offense and we played unselfishly as a team.”
Woodland improved to 9-3 overall with the win and Morgan said the team concept is a big factor.
“The kids have been working hard and playing unselfish basketball for the most part,” he said. “They have not been worried about who gets the credit, but they have been trying to get better every time we step on the court, whether it has been at practice or in a game.”
He said the team also gained confidence with its success, especially from coming back from a 15-point first-half deficit against Adairsville on Monday to win by five points.
“I think that confidence from coming back by playing our [pressure] style of ball carried over in our game against Model. Hopefully we can keep playing that well the rest of this tournament and the rest of the season.”
Next up for Woodland is Pepperell (10-0) and Morgan is expecting a tough game.
“I don’t know too much about them, but they’ve won every game they’ve played,” he said. “They have sisters who are really good and the team shoots the ball pretty well. I know we will have to play 32 full minutes if we’re going to have a chance to hand them their first loss of the year.”
Model dropped to 2-7 with the loss.
Adairsville 44, Coosa 27
In earlier girls high school basketball action, Adairsville evened its record at the festival by defeating Coosa, 44-27, on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers (4-5) return to the hardwood today when they play Armuchee at the Georgia Highlands gymnasium. Tipoff is at 4 p.m.
Adairsville resumes its regular season play Dec. 19 when it hosts Armuchee. Tipoff is at 4 p.m.
In non-tournament action, Cass (5-5) was defeated by Southeast Whitfield on the road Tuesday, 54-40.
The Lady Colonels next play Dec. 27 against Banks County. Tipoff is at 2:30 p.m.
The Excel Lady Eagles play in the Fannin County Christmas Tournament this week.
They play Hiwassee Dam of Tennessee on Friday with the tipoff set at 4 p.m.
The Lady Eagles play again on Saturday in the tournament.