Woodstock rolls into title game
by Carlton D. White
cwhite@cherokeetribune.com
February 18, 2014 04:00 AM | 1016 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — After clinging to a four-point halftime lead, Woodstock outscored Lassiter 20-4 in the third quarter to take control and went on to defeat the Lady Trojans 43-23 in a semifinal game of the Region 5AAAAAA tournament at Etowah Monday.

Woodstock’s Kennedy Montgomery, who totaled six steals and two assists, scored 11 of her 14 points in the third period. She netted three of her four 3-pointers in the first three and half minutes of the frame and collected 11 of the Lady Wolverines first 13 points of the quarter as second-seeded Woodstock opened the stanza on a 13-0 run.

Woodstock returns to the region championship for the second straight year where it will take on No. 1 seed Roswell at 7 p.m. Lassiter, the No. 6 seed, will battle fifth-seeded seed Walton at 4 p.m. in the consolation game.

“It’s great to be back in the final,” Woodstock coach Julie Crowe said. “This is a fantastic young group of girls. They’re figuring out what it takes to get here and gaining experience, which is so important for a young group like this.”

Lassiter took an early 4-0 margin, but was outscored 11-2 in the final 5:45 of the first period. Montgomery’s 3-pointer ignited the spurt and the Lady Wolverines never trailed again.

Emilee Olsen’s layup with one second remaining in the first half left the Lady Trojans trailing 16-12 at the intermission as neither team generated much offense in the second quarter.

That changed for Woodstock after the break. The Lady Wolverines’ created turnovers off their pressure defense and the team’s rebounding also contributed to extra possessions and more scoring opportunities.

“They’re pressure in the third quarter gave us problems,” Lassiter coach Stephen Cosgrove said. “They beat us because we turned the ball over, and they hit those three’s early. They also got us on the offensive boards.

“We missed a lot of layups, and that may have been due to their pressure, but they also made a lot of 3’s that helped them get on a big run.”

A 3-pointer from Taylor Reed and a layup from Erin Braxton, who finished with six points and seven rebounds, gave the Lady Wolverines a 36-16 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

Woodstock, which had a 15-6 edge in steals and was 13-of-21 from the free throw line compared to 2-of-4 for Lassiter, built its biggest lead — 21 points — on two occasions in the final frame.

Jessica Alexander had six points and six rebounds for Woodstock, while Kindole Pettway added six points, seven boards, two assists and three steals.

Gabby Garza led Lassiter with six points and four boards. Olsen finished with four points, six rebounds and two steals. Grace Keheley also had four points and four boards.
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