The Lady Wildcats, who were led offensively by Kennedy Robinson and Marissa Dubose with 12 points each, fell, 45-41.
The Lady Wildcats had drawn within three points of East Paulding with less than two minutes left in the final period and the scoreboard reading 41-38 when their pressure forced an errant pass from the Lady Raiders that careened out of bounds.
But rather than scoring after the East Paulding turnover, Woodland turned the ball over itself and the Lady Raiders quickly coaxed two foul calls and added four points via the charity stripe to go up, 45-38.
Robinson buried a 3-point shot with under five seconds left to close to 45-41 but time expired before Woodland could fashion a miracle ending.
“We played a very good, physical team,” coach Colman Roberts said. “We had a shot to win it. Things didn’t go our way on certain plays, but I’m proud of the effort.”
Gordon Lee 61, Excel 30
Excel entertained one of the state’s top ranked teams Tuesday and learned Gordon Lee deserves the respect it is getting from sports writers.
The Lady Trojans are a top 10 team, Excel coach Michael Roberson noted, and showed their basketball prowess with a 61-30 defeat of the Lady Eagles.
“They are very good, very fundamental, very sound,” Roberson said. “In the first half, their players shot about as well as I’ve seen any team shoot this year, girls or boys. They seemed to hit everything.”
He said the Lady Eagles found themselves in a deep hole very early on as a result. “They had us 31-5 at end of the first quarter, then seemed to put it on cruise control the rest of the way.”
Gordon Lee outscored Excel 19-11 in the second quarter, for a 50-16 lead at the break. The Lady Eagles were outscored 9-5 in the third period but tallied 9 points while allowing two in the final frame.
“In the second half we outscored them but [coach Lester Galyon] was playing all his young girls,” Roberson said.
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