A slow start to the game doomed the Woodland High boys basketball team Tuesday night at Kell.
The Wildcats’ strong second half wasn’t enough to overcome an early deficit, and they lost by a final score of 49-37.
Woodland scored just four in the first quarter and, as a result, got down by nine points. Woodland was then outscored 15-7 in the second, resulting in a 28-11 disadvantage at the halftime break.
Things picked up for the Wildcats in the third quarter, as Hunter Johnson hit two 3s, but Woodland still trailed 40-22 after three.
Woodland actually outscored Kell in the fourth, 15-9, thanks in part to shooting 10 free throws in the period.
However, it was ultimately not enough to recompense for the poor-shooting first half.
Johnson led the way for Woodland with nine points in the game, all on 3s, and Jaylen Ballard was the only other Wildcat who scored more than five, as he finished with seven.
Woodland is now 3-11 on the year, 1-6 in Region 7-AAAAA, and will next take on Rome today in another region tilt, this time at home.
Kell 39, Woodland girls 26
The Woodland High girls basketball team just couldn’t keep pace with Region 7-AAAAA foe Kell Tuesday night on the road, as the Lady ’Cats fell by a final of 39-26.
Kell took a 13-7 lead after one quarter of play, and slowly mounted the lead from there.
Woodland was able to hang around in the first half, though, and entered the locker room only trailing by a score of 24-14.
It was in the third quarter that Kell distanced itself, holding Woodland to just two points from Carli Clymer to extend the lead to 33-16.
Woodland had a nice little run in the fourth, led by all five of Nickiah Metcalf’s points for the game, but it was too little, too late.
Whitney Harris led the ’Cats in scoring with 10, including two 3s and eight of the team’s 14 first-half points. Clymer also contributed with six.
Woodland is now 3-9 overall and 1-6 in region play with a chance to bounce back today at home against Rome. It won’t be easy, though, as Rome is 11-2 on the year and 3-1 in the region.