The Lady Wildcats started fast and then crushed the Lady Tigers in the third quarter to pick up a 65-23 victory.
The Woodland boys used a senior-led fourth-quarter burst to put the Tigers in their rear view mirror, outscoring them 57-37 in a game their head coach missed because of a bout with influenza.
Lady Wildcats 65, Temple 23
Coach Colman Roberts said it was nice to see his Lady Wildcats add a win to their collection this year.
“We’ve been struggling, but we’ve been playing good teams and I try to explain that to the kids,” he said Saturday. “We played a good quarter last night at Villa Rica and they’re very good.”
Carly Bucy got Woodland rolling, sinking the game’s first bucket.
Katie Harris and Jasmin Askew quickly followed suit with a bucket each and Brooke Hummel, who scored a game-high 20 points, chipped in two buckets to give Woodland a 10-0 lead to start the game off. Temple answered with a bucket but Woodland found the net with its next four shots before the Lady Tigers could answer the charge again.
The Lady Wildcats held a 21-6 lead after a quarter of play and increased it by five points in the second frame, sinking 13 points in the period to just eight for Temple, giving them a 34-14 lead at the break.
The Lady Tigers scored first in the third quarter, with a foul shot pulling them to 34-15 with just over a minute of the period gone. However Woodland answered with a bucket by Kennedy Robinson a minute later, then the home team ran off 10 unanswered points to take a 46-15 lead. Woodland closed the period with an 8-2 run for a 54-17 lead that was forged by them outscoring Temple 20-3 in a very dominating quarter.
Woodland outscored its guest 11-6 in the final quarter.
Scoring for Woodland were Bucy and Marissa Dubose, 11 points each; Kennedy Robinson, 9 points; Jasmin Askew and Aubri Branch, 6 points each; and Katie Harris, 2 points.
Charmin Moore led Temple in scoring with 13 points.
Woodland went 20 for 31 at the free throw line, led by Hummel, who was 12-of-14. Temple was 12-of-17 at the free throw line, 71 percent.
Roberts said while it’s nice to pick up a win, his team is still focused on improving.
“We’ve got a long way to go, and we’ve got Coosa Monday so we’ve got our minds on them now,” he said. “Hopefully we can beat them and match up with Rome on Wednesday.”
He said Temple presented a very physical challenge to his team Saturday.
“I thought we played extremely hard against Temple,” he said. “I think they were extremely physical and that was a plus for us playing them, getting that physical a game.”
Woodland improved its record to 4-7 overall while Temple dropped to 0-7.
Woodland returns to the hardcourt Monday when it plays Coosa in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival.
Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. at Georgia Highlands.
Woodland 57, Temple 37
Woodland had its hands full early against Temple, as the Tigers kept hanging around until the fourth quarter when the Wildcats slammed the door closed on their upset hopes.
Woodland had opened the fourth with a 10-point lead — 34-24 — only to see Temple close to 36-30.
Then the Woodland seniors stepped up as Jamar Posey answered with a deuce and then R.J. Williams scored six of the next 12 points to give Woodland a commanding 50-30 margin with 2:13 remaining in the contest.
Woodland matched Temple point for point the rest of the way.
Kevin Flewellen, assistant coach, who was pressed into service for Woodland because coach John Howard was out due to influenza, said Woodland’s seniors stepped up big in the victory.
“The seniors really gave a great effort, knowing their head coach was not here,” he said. “They stepped up and asserted leadership and with just a little bit of guidance by me got the win.”
He said when Temple threatened in the fourth quarter he had turned to the seniors.
“We needed the win, and I asked them to step it up and they did,” he said. “They were playing for their coach, too.”
Williams led the Wildcats in scoring, with 14 points. Carrod Watson also chipped in 9 points.
Woodland improved to 3-4 overall with the victory.
The Wildcats next play in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival, which begins Monday in Rome.
Temple dropped to 0-7 overall.