The win gave the Wolverines (8-14, 3-6) a season sweep over the Eagles (9-13, 3-7), not to mention an edge in the tiebreaker for the Region 5AAAAA standings. Woodstock has three region games — home against Cherokee and at Marietta and Lassiter — remaining on its schedule, while Etowah will host Wheeler and Walton to finish out the regular season.
“We’ve faced some good teams in taking that five-game skid,” Woodstock coach Brady Richeson said, “so I told the guys coming into (Tuesday) that these last four games are like do or die for us to right the ship. We want to head into the region tournament on a winning streak, so, hopefully, this win can get us back on track and we can finish the season on a good note.”
Woodstock trailed 4-2 early in the game, but it finished the first quarter on a 14-2 run for a 16-6 lead entering the second. Consecutive 3-pointers from Thomas Carroll and Brandon Yeager ignited the run, and Connor Bennett’s spinning one-handed layup with 3 seconds remaining closed the period, giving the Wolverines a 10-point margin that never fell below nine points the rest of the way.
Carroll ended the game with six points, including two 3-pointers, and had four assists, while Yeager, who also had two 3s, finished with 10 points. Bennett, who had seven points, was one of five players to drain one of the Wolverines’ eight 3-pointers in the contest.
Woodstock outscored Etowah 11-10 in the second quarter for a 27-16 halftime lead, and then outscored the Eagles 16-10 in the third period to stake a 14-point margin entering the fourth.
Etowah’s Brent Jones scored early in the fourth to trim the deficit to 43-31, but Keith Reid nailed a 3-pointer to spark a 9-2 run, which gave the Wolverines their biggest lead of the game, 52-33, with 5:21 remaining in the contest.
“The guys really come out for these rivalry games,” Richeson said. “They always play hard and sustained that intensity entire game. I’m really proud of the way the guys played (Tuesday).”
Joining Yeager in double figures was Tyler Morgan, who totaled 14 points, including two 3-pointers, eight rebounds and four assists. Trey Alexander scored six of his eight points in the third period and collected five boards and three assists. Troy Kizer had six rebounds.
“That’s our team,” Richeson said. “Every night, it seems we have a different leading scorer. That’s what I love about this team. We have 10 guys that can play.”
Derrico Peck, who was held scoreless in the fourth quarter, led Etowah with 12 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists. Damola Awe-Olaleye was also scoreless in the fourth, but he contributed 13 points and six rebounds for the Eagles. He had eight of his 10 first half points in the second period.
“We didn’t run our offense,” said Etowah coach Don Hurlburt, who has seen his team drop four straight games, and eight of its last 10. “Offensively, we just weren’t doing what we needed to do, and Woodstock was doing what they needed to do on offense.
“Defensively, we weren’t very good. We weren’t guarding people and let them get free. Offensively, other than the great effort of Derrico Peck and Damola Awe-Olaleye, we weren’t offensive rebounding, and we were settling for jump shots. Offensively, it just wasn’t working for us (Tuesday), and Woodstock got on us with that early lead and kept it and maintained it for the rest of the game.”
Woodstock 59, Etowah 31: The Lady Wolverines outscored the Lady Eagles 17-6 in the first quarter and led 39-12 at halftime in taking the Region 5AAAAA victory at home.
Woodstock (15-7, 8-1), which has won five of it last six, made 13 of 15 free throws, and it ended the game shooting 16-of-18 from the line, compared to 3-for-9 for Etowah (7-15, 2-8), which has lost four straight and eight of its last nine.
Woodstock’s Clara Young scored all 12 of her points in the first half. Makensie Block, who finished with a game-high 19 points, had 13 in the first half.
Nine different players scored for Woodstock, which made five 3-pointer.
Payton Donley scored eight to lead Etowah. Taylor Kimber added seven points.