Woodland basketball splits opening games

Woodland boys basketball coach Jacob Selman won his head-coaching debut behind a second-half comeback in Monday’s season opener.

Behind 17 points from freshman K.J. Rogers, the Wildcats rallied for a 57-53 win over Gordon Central during the first day of a Thanksgiving classic in Calhoun.

The Wildcats knocked down a 3-pointer late in the first half to pull within five points of the Warriors at halftime. The shot seemed to spur Woodland into a quick start to the second half, culminating in the four-point win.

Jaden Johnson added 16 points for the Wildcats, while Jordon Barker chipped in with 14, including hitting 4 of 9 from deep.

The Wildcats will face LaFayette at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gordon Central.

Gordon Central 45, Woodland girls 27
Woodland hung with Gordon Central through the first half of Monday’s tournament game before the hosts pulled away for a 45-27 win.

Jordan Thompson knocked down a trio of 3-pointers, including two in the first quarter, for Woodland, which trailed 12-10 after one period.

Carli Clymer had all seven of her points in the second quarter, as the Wildcats were down just 20-17 at the break.

Despite four of Gracie Styles’ eight points coming after halftime, Woodland trailed 32-20 after three.

Next up for the Wildcats is LaFayette at 4 p.m. Tuesday.