Lady Wolverines victorious in return
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Woodstock’s Ashton Sutton dives between River Ridge’s Lucy Stone and Sydney Rodie in pursuit of a loose ball. Sutton and the Lady Wolverines came out of a long break to beat their county rival.
<br>Staff photo by Emily Horos
Woodstock’s Ashton Sutton dives between River Ridge’s Lucy Stone and Sydney Rodie in pursuit of a loose ball. Sutton and the Lady Wolverines came out of a long break to beat their county rival.
Staff photo by Emily Horos
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WOODSTOCK — Woodstock girls basketball coach Julie Crowe opted not to take her team to a holiday tournament while school was out, so when her team returned to the court Saturday to face a county rival, she wasn’t sure what to expect.

Crowe was pleasantly surprised to see her team put together what she considered their best all-around effort of the season, in a 54-38 victory over River Ridge.

It was Woodstock’s first game since a Dec. 17 win against Sequoyah.

“We have been waiting on this,” Crowe said. “Not so much offensively, but our defense playing four quarters was finally good to see. They did a good job.”

Woodstock (8-6) played to a 10-all tie in the first quarter before things started clicking.

The Lady Wolverines took a 23-13 lead into the second half, but as River Ridge (6-7) began to creep back into the game, Crowe began to wonder if her team would hold onto that lead.

The Lady Wolverines were able to take advantage of some defensive mismatches and came away with a couple of quick baskets.

“I just feel like, with our squad, we can play different players in different spots,” Crowe said. “Like we have guards that can play the post spot, and some post players who are even across the board as far as height and ability. We should be hard to guard with our personnel. We have some girls who can post up — not because of their height, but because of their heart and hustle.”

Woodstock’s Ashton Sutton, who scored eight of her team’s 10 first-quarter points, finished with 12 for the game. Jessica Alexander scored 14 of her team-high 18 points in the second half, including an eight-point third quarter.

The Lady Wolverines played without Carolyn Edwards, who is recovering from an ankle injury.

River Ridge was led by Lucy Stone, who scored nine of her 10 points in the fourth quarter. Jessica Mlaska added nine points, and Jessica Baker scored six points on a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers, only to be held scoreless after that. Sydney Rodie chipped in seven.

Both schools will face region opponents Tuesday. Woodstock travels to Lassiter, while River Ridge, which has yet to play a Region 7AAAA (A) opponent, will travel to Pickens.

“We started the season with a lot of games early just because we are so young,” Crowe said. “We were trying to get as many games under our belts as we could. I think that it has paid off. I was extremely proud with how the girls game our after such a long break.”
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