The Lady Wildcats, who were playing their third game in a row, trailed 19-15 at halftime but exploded offensively in the third quarter to take over the game and then coasted to victory.
Woodland finished the regular season as the top seed in the region and now must win its next game on Wednesday to qualify for the state tournament.
“I’m real proud of the girls,” head coach Kyle Morgan said. “They played three really tough opponents on three successive days and hopefully this will give us some positive momentum as we go into our region game.”
The Lady Wildcats started slowly on the night and actually trailed Allatoona 7-5 after a quarter of play. The Lady Buccaneers also outpointed the home team in the second frame, 12-10, to take a 19-15 lead into halftime.
Woodland roared back to score 21 points in the third quarter while allowing just seven points by their opponents and grabbed a comfortable 36-26 lead at the end of the frame.
It closed the final period with a 13-12 run.
Gabby Bradley scored 16 points; Katie Harris dropped in 14 points; Aubri Branch 8; Brooke Hummel, 7; and Katie Cheek and Sydney Boyd contributed two points each.
Morgan said attributed the slow start to the grind of so many games in a short period of time for northwest Georgia teams, most being forced to make up contests that were postponed with snow and ice clogged roads throughout the region.
“We were a little tired, and it took a while to get our legs under us,” he said. “We’d played two physical games the two previous nights.
“To the girls’ credit, they responded with a great third quarter that got us in back in the game and gave us some separation. It’s tough to play games back to back against teams that are second, third and fourth in your region, but hopefully this will give us some positive momentum as we move into region play and we can finish with the success we want.”
The Lady Wildcats improved to 18-7 overall and 13-2 in Region 5A-AAAAA.
Morgan said Woodland has been aiming at a state playoff position and must continue to improve if it is to realize that dream.
“We’ve done our part in providing ourselves with our best opportunity to win a high seeding,” he said. “Hopefully it will make a difference.”
The coach said the Lady Wildcats have worked hard since the summer to become a state playoff team.
“I’m really pleased with our regular season,” he said. “They have had an impressive turnaround from seasons when we weren’t as successful. But there’s still a lot of basketball to be played we need to keep getting better.”
Woodland will host its next game at the school on Wednesday. The time of the game has not been announced.
The Lady Wildcats will play the team that wins out over the next several days from region seeds 4, 5 and 6.
Woodland’s defeat of Allatoona enabled it to complete a season sweep of the Lady Buccaneers. It had defeated them 46-37 on Jan. 10.
The victory was the fourth in a row for Woodland and its seventh in the last eight games.