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The two games the past week for the Woodridge girls basketball team are a microcosm of the 2012-13 season.
It has been one step back, one step forward.
On Jan. 24, the Bulldogs dropped a 54-52 decision to Portage Trail Conference County Division rival Mogadore in heart-breaking style, as a layup at the buzzer was missed.
For coach Chris Esterak, the game was a reminder of the reason the Bulldogs are 8-8 overall and 6-5 in the division.
"It was a good comeback and we just missed the layup at the buzzer," Esterak said. "It was a valiant effort and it was a good effort. But you can't miss free throws like we did."
The Bulldogs were just 13-of-30 from the free throw line.
Kapri Watson led the Bulldogs with 20 points and Kara Kelleher had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Abbe Esterak had nine points and seven assists and Lizzie Wilkinson scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Bulldogs also won at James A. Garfield 48-43.
"The difference is we made our free throws," Esterak said.
The Bulldogs were quite efficient at the charity stripe, making 16 of the 23 free throw attempts.
Watson had another big game with 17 points and dished out five assists.
Wilkinson scored 20 points and hauled down 11 rebounds and Abbe Esterak had five points and had seven assists.
The next few games are important, as the Bulldogs will seeded and find out who they will face in the Division II district tournament at Nordonia during the tournament draw Feb. 3.
On Feb. 2, the Bulldogs were set to host Rootstown, but result were not available at press time.
On Feb. 6, East Canton comes to Woodridge, while Massillon Perry visits on Feb. 9.