The Lady Wildcats were able to do just that, defeating Cartersville by a score of 39-33.
“Anytime we can get a win at this point, it’s definitely a good win,” Woodland head coach Kyle Morgan said. “We have a couple of weeks left and then we start the region tournament. Hopefully, we’ll continue to get better as a team and play our best basketball in a couple of weeks.”
“We fought. It’s one of those things, when things aren’t going well, it’s just hard to get out of the cycle,” Cartersville head coach Cindy Moore said. “We’ve been close in giving ourselves a chance through effort, but we haven’t played four good quarters. Until we do, we’re going to find ourselves in this situation. It’s frustrating. The kids are frustrated. Everybody’s frustrated. Hats off to Woodland. They hit their shots when they needed to.”
Woodland steadily increased its advantage through the first three quarters of the game, leading by two after one quarter, seven at halftime and 13 heading into the fourth quarter. The defense was the catalyst for the Lady ’Cats as they allowed just 16 points to Cartersville through the first three periods.
“We were able to play pretty good defense, for the most part,” Morgan said. “We got some steals, were able to get in transition and get some easier shots.”
“I don’t think we shot the ball very well at all the first half,” Moore said. “Second half, we played a little tentative. I think we’re getting to the point where we’re gun shy. We’re thinking too much about it instead of just playing basketball.”
Cartersville was able to cut into Woodland’s lead in the fourth quarter, though, taking the lead down to as close as five in the last three minutes. However, Woodland was able to hold on for the victory.
“To Cartersville’s credit, they didn’t have any quit in them and made us earn it,” Morgan said. “It was a competitive game down the stretch and we were able to get the win.”
Cartersville took 20 free throws in the fourth quarter, but made just nine, preventing the Lady Canes from drawing any closer.
“We didn’t play a very good ballgame for three quarters, and finally the fourth quarter, I felt like we had a little fire in us,” Moore said. “We had opportunities with the clock stopped. We were in double bonus, and that hurt us, not being able to get points at the free throw line.”
Gabby Bradley scored a game-high 14 for Woodland while MeMe Richardson added 11. Madison McKinney was the high scorer for Cartersville with seven.
Woodland is now 5-14 overall with the win while Cartersville drops to 3-14.
Woodland’s next game is at home Friday against Rome. Cartersville will next take the court today at Northwest Whitfield.
“We’ve said it all year long, you need to be peaking at the right time,” Moore said of her team moving forward. “We still have some basketball to play before the region tournament, so we just have to go back to work. It’s frustrating but you have to use what you can to make it better.”