Girls basketball: Woodland 54, Dutchtown 34

The Woodland girls got off to a fast start and cruised to their 22nd straight win Friday night, a 54-34 victory over visiting Dutchtown.

Celebrating Senior Night, the Lady Wolfpack (23-1, 13-0 Region 4-AAAA Division A) took control late in the first quarter on a pair of 3-pointers by Lyndsey Reed, who topped 1,000 career points in the game. Woodland led 13-7 at the end of the first period and used a 9-2 run to build a 23-11 cushion, and Dutchtown (17-6, 10-3) never seriously threatened after that.

Reed finished with 16 points and Nicole Findura 14 for Woodland, whose only loss was to Class AAAAA McIntosh back on Nov. 18.

“We knew we wanted a 20-point win from the start,” said Woodland senior Morgan Jones, who scored seven points. “In order to do that we had to come out with a lot of energy and intensity, and we were able to do that.”

Key in the win was the defensive effort against Dutchtown’s Domonique Clune and Tiara Scott, who combined for 24 points against Woodland on Jan. 18, when the Lady Wolfpack won 52-42. In that game, the Lady Bulldogs were able to keep the game close into the fourth quarter.

Friday night, Woodland kept both Clune and Scott under wraps. Clune was held without a basket through the first three quarters and finished with six points. Scott managed two.

Dutchtown coach April Tate attributed her team’s offensive struggles to the Woodland press; Jones and Woodland coach Ashley Maddox said the defensive work of Lady Wolfpack senior Care’ Bacon was a big factor on Clune, who came in averaging nearly 20 points per game.

“We just were never able to find our groove offensively,” Tate said, “and we just had too many turnovers. We didn’t deal with their 2-2-1 press very well.”

Dutchtown went scoreless the final 4:10 of the first half, during which time Woodland expanded its lead. Reed’s 3-pointer with 34 seconds left before intermission gave the Lady Wolfpack a 34-21 lead.

Dutchtown opened the second half with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 13, but never got any closer. Woodland’s biggest lead came at 52-30 on a basket by Mecca Sneed midway through the fourth quarter.

Tamerra Blue led Dutchtown with 12 points.

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