The victory enable Woodland to advance to the semifinals of the tournament, which continues today in Dalton.
Katie Harris dropped 11 points through the nets while Ayrianna Metcalf and Marissa Dubose added 10 points each to lead the offensive assault by the Lady Wildcats in the tournament game, which was played Wednesday night.
“We were able to hold them to single digits in every quarter but the fourth,” Woodland head coach Kyle Morgan noted, praising the defensive effort.
The Lady Wildcats assumed control of the game early, earning a 14-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. They stretched that lead to 28-13 by halftime, then outscored Ridgeland 8-5 in the third period for a 36-18 differential. Woodland scored 13 points in the final frame to 11 for the Lady Panthers.
Morgan said the Woodland rebounding also was a big contributor to the victory.
“We’re proud of outrebounding Ridgeland. They were pretty big,” he said. “I’m proud of the girls and hopefully we will continue to improve as the season goes along. We’ll come back out [today] and try to play hard.”
Woodland improved to 2-0 overall on the season. The Lady Wildcats are 1-0 in Region 5-AAAAA.
Excel girls drop first two
The Excel Lady Eagles have gotten off to a rough start this season, dropping games to Fellowship Christian and Southeast Whitfield.
The girls lost 63-36 to Fellowship Christian and 37-28 against Southeast Whitfield.
The squad has just eight active players and five freshmen on the roster.
Point guard Andrea Taylor has been a bright spot for Excel. The junior has averaged 11 points per game.
Help is on the way, however. Lexie Robinson is recovering from knee surgery and may be back by January.
“[Robinson] is out and she is probably going to be one of the better athletes to come out of Bartow County,” Excel coach Eric Harris said. “She’s going to be special. She should take some pressure off Andrea.”
The Lady Eagles face Southeast Whitfield again today as they look to pick up their first win.
—The Daily Tribune News Staffers Jason Greenberg and David Royal contributed to this report