Wolverines can’t keep up with ’Cats
by Carlton D. White
February 16, 2014 04:00 AM | 1393 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — Chris Mowery and Thomas Carroll each scored 13 points for Woodstock, which feel to Wheeler 75-45 in the first round of the Region 5AAAAAA tournament Saturday at Etowah.

The eighth-seeded Wolverines’ season came to a close, while the top-seeded Wildcats (21-5) advanced to Monday’s semifinals, where they will take on either Cherokee or Etowah. With the win, Wheeler automatically moves on to the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

Despite a week-long layoff from practice due to the winter storm, Woodstock (4-22) came out with the hot hand and built a 15-6 lead with 2:22 left in the first quarter following a layup from Jalen Hannah.

Wheeler took some time to get things going offensively. Back-to-back field goals from Elijah Staley and Avery Patterson ignited a 25-6 run for the Wildcats, who trailed 17-13 at the end of the first period, but took a 31-21 halftime lead.

Daniel Giddens’ putback with 6:35 in the second quarter tied the contest at 17-all, and the Wildcats took their first lead at 20-19 after Patterson’s 3-pointer with 5:10 on the clock.

Wheeler never looked back from that point on and outscored Woodstock 19-12 in the third quarter for a 50-38 margin heading into the final period.

“I thought we surprised (Wheeler) early,” Woodstock coach Brady Richeson said. “We made shots, but they made some adjustments and we couldn’t answer. Wheeler was great in transition, and their size and athleticism gave us problems. They really turned it up in the second half.”

The Wildcats’ pressure defense in the second half led to some quick baskets off easy turnovers, leading to the 30-point win.

Preston Hurter finished with 10 points, including three 3-pointers, and three rebounds for the Wolverines.

Staley totaled 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and five steals for Wheeler. Patterson had 12 points and six assists, while Giddens finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Jaylen Brown totaled 12 points and six boards.
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, spam, and links to outside websites will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides