A day after climbing out of the Region 7-AAAAA cellar with a stunning upset win over Carrollton on Friday night, the Woodland boys had a chance to climb further up the ladder with a home tilt against Villa Rica.
The defending region champions have not gotten off to a good start this season, and a victory for the home Wildcats would have dropped the visiting Wildcats into one of the bottom two spots in the standings.
The difference between finishing seventh and eighth in the nine-team region is huge. The Nos. 8 and 9 seeds have to face off in a play-in game, while the seventh seed needs just a single win — albeit an upset of the No. 2 seed — to reach the state tournament.
With that backdrop, Villa Rica won a defensive struggle by a 40-36 margin.
Following a 33-point fourth quarter in Friday's 73-63 win, Woodland (4-11, 1-6) got off to a decent start Saturday. Justice Carter had six of his seven points in the first quarter to guide the home team to a 12-9 lead after one period.
Villa Rica (7-7, 2-4) recovered enough during the second quarter to hold a 21-20 edge at halftime. The visitors extended their advantage to five by holding Woodland to six points in the third quarter.
Woodland attempted to come from behind, but a fourth-quarter rally came up short.
Hunter Johnson had 12 points — three in every quarter — to lead Woodland. The senior knocked down a single 3-pointer in each of the first three periods.
Only five Woodland players scored, and none outside of Johnson had more than seven points.
Woodland will look to bounce back when it heads to East Paulding on Tuesday.
Villa Rica 66, Woodland girls 15
While Saturday's Woodland boys game was virtually the exact opposite of Friday's, the Woodland girls essentially played out a carbon copy of the previous night's game against Carrollton when Villa Rica visited.
Less than 24 hours after a 66-16 loss to the eight-ranked Trojans, Woodland fell victim to No. 1-ranked Villa Rica by a nearly identical 66-15 margin in Saturday's home game.
The visiting Wildcats erupted for 21 points in the first quarter and held a significant 38-3 lead at halftime.
Madgie Robinson had all three of Woodland's first-half points and led the team with six points. She hit a 3, as part of a 10-point third quarter for Woodland (1-13, 1-6). The period included a triple by Jordan Thompson, whose three points were the second-most on the team.
Even still, Villa Rica (15-0, 6-0) outscored the hosts 28-12 after the break to cruise to a road victory.
Woodland will look to pick up its second win of the season against the only team it has beaten thus far, East Paulding, in a road game Tuesday.