The Lady Wolverines (5-3, 3-1 Region 5AAAAAA) led 13-4 after the first quarter, largely due to Kennedy Montgomery’s seven points in the period. However, the Milton defense held Woodstock scoreless for the entire second quarter and took a 14-13 lead at halftime.
Woodstock coach Julie Crowe admitted that her young team still has plenty to learn.
“We need to be more patient in executing our offenses,” Crowe said. “We are young, but I don’t feel like we should ever be in the situation we were in (Friday).”
Woodstock’s offense continued to struggle early in the second half as Milton inched away. It wasn’t until just over 4 minutes remained in the third quarter that the Lady Wolverines snapped out of their slump. Still, it the Lady Eagles soon found themselves up 22-15 after back-to-back baskets by Kim LaStrange.
Milton (1-8, 0-4) wasn’t able to handle the pressure as Woodstock shifted to a full-court defense. The switch allowed the Lady Wolverines to briefly close the gap to 22-20 on a shot by Ashton Sutton, and they trailed by four — 24-20 — entering the fourth quarter.
Over the next few minutes, Milton continued to control the game. The Lady Eagles used baskets by McKenna Bruckman, Kelsey McGinnis and Summer Smith to push the lead back to seven at 32-25 before LaStrange committed her fifth foul and was disqualified from the game.
After a free throw by Sierra Zinamon brought Woodstock within six, the Lady Wolverines used a scoring blitz to tie the game.
Chandler Sutton made a free throw, and the Woodstock defense immediately forced a turnover to set up a 3-pointer by Ashton Sutton. Milton used a long pass to inbound the ball, but the Lady Wolverines’ Jessica Alexander deftly picked it off and converted into a layup that tied the game at 32-all.
That score held over the final 2 minutes of regulation as Milton repeatedly turned the ball over and Woodstock couldn’t make a shot.
In overtime, neither team was able to score from the floor.
Woodstock was sent to the free-throw line for 12 attempts and made just five of the attempts — three coming from Montgomery before she left the game with her fifth foul.
Milton went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line, but it wasn’t enough.
Emotions ran high as Milton attempted to win its second game of the season, and its first in nearly a month. Woodstock, meanwhile, was coming off a tough region loss at Walton.
In all three players fouled out Friday, and a flagrant foul was called during overtime.
“Milton plays hard, and we have had a rough two games offensively,” Crowe said. “We have to be more confident on the offensive side of the ball. That is going to come.”
Montgomery finished with a team-high 12 points for Woodstock. Ashton Sutton scored six points, while Alexander, Chandler Sutton and Carolina Edwards each finished with four.