Woodstock pulls away with dominant second half
by Chris Byess
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Matt Scott came up with a double-double to lead Woodstock to win over archrival Etowah on Tuesday.
<Br>Staff photo by Nathan Self
Matt Scott came up with a double-double to lead Woodstock to win over archrival Etowah on Tuesday.
Staff photo by Nathan Self
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WOODSTOCK — In what is perhaps the county's fiercest rivalry, Woodstock and Etowah battled to a stalemate in the first half before the visiting Wolverines turned in a dominant second-half performance to overcome their archrival 68-54 on Tuesday night.

With a vocal crowd in attendance in support of both teams, each team came out ready to play in the early going, with the Eagles' full-court press getting the better of the Wolverines (7-10, 3-4 Region 5AAAAAA) to give Etowah a 13-9 lead heading into the second.

The Eagles (6-12, 1-7) had their best 4 minutes of the night at the beginning of the second as they raced out to a 23-14 lead, thanks in large part to the 3-point shooting of Dante Richitelli.

The last half of the period was all Woodstock, however, as it settled in on offense, thanks in large part to Trey Alexander. The Wolverines outscored Etowah 14-5 in the remainder of the period to send the game into halftime tied at 28.

After a quiet second period, Woodstock's Matt Scott came alive in the third, proving to be nearly unstoppable beneath the basket as he collected rebound after rebound while scoring seven points.

Thomas Carroll also performed well in the period, scoring six for the Wolverines.

At the same time, Etowah's offense, which had been so potent in the second quarter, was much less effective in the third, with many of their shots falling short or wide.

Entering the fourth, the Eagles found themselves down by 10, and a comeback was not in the works.

After 2 minutes of play, with Woodstock leading 53-44, the Wolverines went on an 11-point run to take a commanding 64-44 lead.

Woodstock coach Brady Richeson felt the victory was due to his team settling into the game after the first quarter and finding ways to escape the Eagles' pressure in the second half.

“I think the key was that we moved the ball a lot better,” Richeson said. “We didn't get stuck on their traps, and we finally got some good looks at the goal. Offensively, we finally settled down, we were just so hyped up early on, but we finally just settled in.”

Scott finished the night with a game-high 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Alexander was close behind Scott in rebounds with 11, also adding 14 points. Carroll had 13 points and Chris Mowery with 10.

With the victory, Woodstock snapped a four-game losing streak.

Richeson was also pleased to score a victory in the neighboring rivals' first matchup of the year.

“It's always fun. This rivalry is just a fun rivalry,” said Richeson, who is 3-0 against Etowah as Woodstock's head coach. “We're just so close to each other it's tough not to hate each other. It's always great to beat Etowah.”

Etowah coach Don Hurlburt was disappointed with his team's effort in the second half.

“We just laid down,” he said. "We have a young group, and they have to learn how to compete. If you don't compete, it doesn't matter what defense you're in, or who is better. We just didn't compete in the second half (Tuesday).”

Leading the Eagles in scoring was Jack Shaughnessy with 17 points, nine of which came in the fourth period. Richitelli finished with 14 and hit four 3s.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Woodstock 65, Etowah 33:
The outcome of the game never seemed to be in doubt, as the Lady Wolverines rolled to their 12th victory of the season.

Woodstock (12-5, 6-1) set the tone early on when it outscored Etowah (8-9, 4-3) by a 17-4 margin in the first period.

Woodstock went on to outscore Etowah in every period thereafter, thanks in large part to the 3-point shooting of Clara Young and Kennedy Montgomery.

Young was 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, while Montgomery was 4-for-4.

In the first period alone, Young outscored Etowah 9-4, and she finished with a game-high 25 points.

Montgomery had 12, while Brianna Lakes scored 11. Chandler Sutton lead the team with five assists.

Woodstock coach Julie Crowe felt that her team has recently started to turn in more complete performances than they did earlier in the year, even with Makensie Block out due to a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in her knee.

“Coming in with Block out, people have been stepping up,” Crowe said. “The last few games, we've seen a little more passion. We are kind of starting to come together.”

Leading Etowah in scoring was Tori Janos with nine points. Jasmine Louis finished with six.
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