Lady Wolverines ease on in all-county quarterfinal
by Zac Diodati
Tribune Sports Correspondent
February 16, 2014 04:00 AM | 1266 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A scramble for the ball ensues Saturday between, from left, Woodstock’s Kindole Pettway, Cherokee’s Sydney Ross and Woodstock’s Ashton Sutton. Sutton scored a game-high 13 points as the Lady Wolverines won the quarterfinal-round game of the Region 5AAAAAA tournament and clinched a place in the state playoffs.
<BR>Special photo by Cecil Copeland
A scramble for the ball ensues Saturday between, from left, Woodstock’s Kindole Pettway, Cherokee’s Sydney Ross and Woodstock’s Ashton Sutton. Sutton scored a game-high 13 points as the Lady Wolverines won the quarterfinal-round game of the Region 5AAAAAA tournament and clinched a place in the state playoffs.
Special photo by Cecil Copeland
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WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock girls secured a berth in the state playoffs with a 47-27 over county rival Cherokee in Saturday’s opening round of the Region 5AAAAAA tournament.

The Lady Wolverines, led by Ashton Sutton’s 13 points, stayed out of foul trouble, drawing 18 fouls from Cherokee and committing only 12.

“It was a more disciplined second half,” Woodstock coach Julie Crowe said. “We got sloppy on a few possessions (in the first half) and, later, we wanted to make every possession count, especially on the defensive side.”

Woodstock (15-11), in the state playoffs for the fourth straight season, played stifling defense for most of the game, holding Cherokee to only two points in the first quarter and setting the tone for the rest of the day.

The Lady Wolverines went on an 8-0 run in the first quarter, aided by a 3-pointer by Kindole Pettway.

In the second quarter, Ashton Sutton found Erin Braxton in the paint for an easy layup to push the lead to 15-5, and Woodstock had already begun to run away with the game.

Cherokee scored 11 points in the second quarter, with nine coming on free throws.

Loren Ware led the Lady Warriors with nine points for the game.

With a 25-13 halftime lead, Woodstock came out in the third quarter with an even tighter grip. Sutton started the scoring with a 3-pointer and, on the next possession, she converted a free throw after being fouled making another basket.

Woodstock led 31-13 just over 2 minutes into the third period.

The Lady Wolverines took their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter, scoring just seven points, avoiding any unnecessary injury or foul trouble.

“Our defensive effort was the difference,” Crowe said. “That’s what I think about with this group. We also had some kids step up when their teammates were on the bench in foul trouble.”

Woodstock advanced to face Lassiter in Monday’s region semifinal at Etowah. The Lady Trojans moved on by beating the Lady Eagles later Saturday evening.

“Defensive execution has to be the key in our next game,” Crowe said. “We get sloppy sometimes and we have to take better care of the ball — treat every possession like it’s our last.”
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