Woodland comes back against Rome
by Andrew Adler
Feb 06, 2013 | 1087 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodland Wildcats and the Rome Wolves were both destined to finish with below .500 overall records no matter who won Tuesday night’s clash between the two 5A-AAAAA region rivals. What they did have to play for was to see who would finish third in the region, as both teams had identical 5-9 region records. In their initial meeting of the season, the Wolves won. In their second meeting of the season, momentum was on Rome’s side as it had won two straight while Woodland had a hard time scoring against Allatoona and Paulding County. The Wildcats managed just 44 points against Allatoona and 24 points in their loss to Paulding County.

Woodland’s scoring woes continued throughout the first half against Rome (8-17, 5-10) as it managed just 10 points in the first quarter and just seven points in the second quarter.

“For whatever reason, we practice well only to have mental mistakes hurt us when it counts the most,” Woodland coach John Howard said.

“Being that this was senior night and playing at home, I challenged our team to play better in the second half.”

The Wildcats (11-12, 6-9) responded to Howard’s challenge by staging a second-half comeback that resulted in a 48-46 victory. Woodland held 48-44 with 6.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

“It was just incredible to watch this team battle as it did,” Howard said. “We couldn’t hit a shot in the first half due to the fact we settled on shooting from the outside. We attacked the basketball in the second half.”

Attacking the basket for Woodland was Isreal Askew and Carrod Watson.

Cartersville 70, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 34

With the defense taking care of business in the first and fourth quarters, the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes improved to 23-0 overall with their 70-34 victory over host Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Tuesday.

LFO’s basketball team and its home crowd were quickly subdued by a 14-2 first quarter Canes’ lead. There was no let up in the Canes’ offense and defense in the fourth quarter as they held LFO to just six points while scoring 21.

“Any time you can win on the road, it’s a good win,” Cartersville coach Mike Tobin said.

The No. 1-ranked team in Class AAA was led by Ryan Davis with 18 points, followed by A.J. Mosby with 13 and Corey Tobin with 11.

Adairsville 61, Sonoraville 40

The Adairsville Tigers got 19 points from Tyler Washington and 13 points from Demetrius Pitt in their 61-40 victory over Sonoraville Tuesday night at home.

The Tigers led 11-6 after the first quarter and then blew the game open with a 17-8 fourth quarter.

River Ridge 46, Cass 45

Two free throws with seconds remaining gave River Ridge its 46-45 win over Cass Tuesday.

Chris Darden scored 17 points and Justin Reed added 10 points for the Colonels, who only made one of six free throws.

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