Senior helps Woodstock to win over undefeated Walton
by Chris Byess
cbyess@cherokeetribune.com
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Woodstock’s Matt Scott goes up for a shot between two Walton defenders Tuesday. The 6-foot-8 Scott took advantge of his height and overwhelmed the smaller Raider players, scoring a game-high 23 points and rebounding 11 shots.
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Woodstock’s Matt Scott goes up for a shot between two Walton defenders Tuesday. The 6-foot-8 Scott took advantge of his height and overwhelmed the smaller Raider players, scoring a game-high 23 points and rebounding 11 shots.
Staff photo by Nathan Self
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WOODSTOCK — Thanks to a second-half explosion on offense, Woodstock handed visiting Walton its first loss of the year, 70-56 in a tense affair that saw three technical fouls given.

Trailing 20-19 at halftime, Woodstock (3-3, 2-1 Region 5AAAAAA) came out in the third quarter with a fast and strong offensive attack that put Walton (5-1, 3-1) on its heels.

The Wolverines began the second half on an 18-4 run, with the majority of those points coming from 6-foot-8 forward Matt Scott, who proved to be almost impossible for Walton’s undersized squad to guard beneath the basket.

It was also in the third that Walton coach Joe Goydish and Woodstock guard Chris Mowery were given technical fouls for arguing with the officials.

Rather than fade away, a strong run at the end of the third quarter that carried over into the fourth saw the Raiders pull within six.

It wouldn’t last long, however, as the play of Mowery and Scott was just too much for the Raiders to handle, and the Wolverines pulled away late.

Walton’s frustration was evident late when Chad Clay was given Walton’s second technical foul of the night for a hard hit on Mowery.

With 2 minutes remaining in the game, Woodstock leading 68-45, both teams subbed in their bench for the remainder of the contest, and the Wolverines scored their second win over an undefeated team this season, the first coming against Cherokee on Friday.

Scott and Mowery both registered double-doubles. Scott totaled 23 points and 10 rebounds with his four blocks, while Mowery had 13 points and 11 assists.

Woodstock coach Brady Richeson was more than pleased with his team’s performance.

“I’m really proud of the way we played,” Richeson said. “Offensively, we shot the ball well, we shared the ball well, and defensively, we did a great job of rebounding the ball and keeping them on the outside and making them shoot from the perimeter.”

Richeson’s plan to force Walton to shoot from beyond the arc worked, as the Raiders struggled all night to hit shots from the outside. They also struggled from the free-throw line, going 8-for-15.

In comparison, Woodstock was 17-for-20 at the line, with Mowery a perfect 7-for-7.

“Chris did a great job of getting past their pressure,” Richeson said. “And Scott, I’m really proud of the way he rebounded (Tuesday). It was a great game. I am very proud of our kids.”

Goydish, in contrast, was disappointed with his team’s performance.

“We came out flat,” he said. “That was a testament to (Woodstock). They had a good gameplan and worked their zone pretty well.”

Leading Walton in scoring was Rico Overall, who scored 25.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Woodstock 65, Walton 47:
After suffering from a two-game losing streak, the Lady Wolverines got back on the winning track.

Though Walton (4-2, 2-2 Region 5AAAAAA) trailed by only seven entering the half, Woodstock (5-2, 3-1) held the Lady Raiders to just nine points in the third quarter. The Lady Wolverines scored 17 in the same time frame to take what proved to be an insurmountable 15-point lead into the fourth.

Woodstock was led by Makensie Block’s 14 points, while Walton’s Kathy Johnson scored a game-high 15.

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