Head coach Colman Roberts said the 38-27 girls high school basketball victory over Cass came largely because of the team's effort.
"We played hard and showed a lot of discipline," Roberts said.
Roberts said the Lady Wildcats, who had lost 11 games in a row dating back to their Dec. 4 54-48 victory in overtime against Adairsville, had even practiced hard.
"We were prepared for this game," Roberts said. "We practiced for it."
Cass coach Jamie Horton said his girls weren't on their game and Woodland was.
"We didn't finish and missed a lot of free throws that we needed," Horton said. "I give it to (Olivia) Rutledge. She made her free throws when she needed to."
Cass took the early lead in the contest with a big defensive effort, as it held the Lady Wildcats to three points in the first period while putting up nine.
Woodland, however, turned both the defensive and offensive tables on the Lady Colonels in the second period, scoring 15 points while allowing four, heading into the halftime with an 18-13 lead.
The Lady Wildcats opened the second half with a 6-0 run over the first 2:06 of the period, for a 24-13 score, but Cass rebounded with four points the rest of the third quarter while stopping Woodland's scoring. That effort enabled them to close to 24-17.
A 10-4 run to start the final quarter enabled Cass to close to 28-27 with 3:29 left in the game, its final point coming from Carla Clemmons, via the foul line.
Then Rutledge responded with two free throws at the 2:44 mark after a play that sent Clemmons to the bench with her final foul.
The Lady Colonels turned to the foul line in the final minutes for help but Woodland would have none of it and sank enough to finish with a 38-27 margin.
Roberts said Woodland focused on what it can do to win rather than on its opponent.
"We are not concerned with what color the jersey is on the other team," he said. "We are more concerned with what we do."
He said while grabbing a region win is important, he is proud of how the team has kept trying hard even though it has lost more games than it wanted this season.
"We have kept our heads up high and kept playing hard," he said.
Horton said Cass needs to learn from the loss and step up its game: "They hurt us but we just didn't play well, and I think Woodland played pretty well."
He noted the Lady Colonels are a young team and a lot of their season is about growing into a better ball team.
"We played six freshmen and three sophomores tonight," he said. "It is what it is."
Olivia Rutledge led the way for Woodland, as she torched the nets for 25 points, including 19 at the foul line. Lyrica Solomon contributed four points for the Lady Wildcats.
Leading Cass scorers were Amber Bowen and Carla Clemmons, with 6 each.