Woodridge girls keep rolling

by Jim Isabella | Correspondent Published:

So often in sports, getting hot at the right time is critical to post-season success.

Don't look now, but the Woodridge girls basketball team is now poised to make a run, especially with the return of sharp shooter Morgan Thompson.

Out with a broken elbow since Decemeber, Thompson was cleared to play and scored seven points in Woodridge's 48-34 win over East Canton Feb. 8 at home.

"It is a nice surprise [to have Thompson back]. Now we just have to get her going and get her into the rotation," Bulldogs coach Chris Esterak said.

The Bulldogs are 10-8 overall after the three consecutive wins and are 8-5 in the Portage Trail Conference County Division.

In the win over the Wizards, Lizzie Wilkinson scored 23 points and had 11 rebounds and Kapri Watson had 13 points.

"We shot 76 percent from the foul line and hit 33 percent of our shots," Esterak added.

On Feb. 2, the Bulldogs defeated visiting Rootstown 50-46 in a game that got tense at times.

"We had a 16-point lead, but then we had four kids in foul trouble and they missed most of the third quarter and part of the fourth quarter," Esterak said. "Once we got the kids back, we maintained the lead."

Wilkinson finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Watson had 11 points and five assists, Kara Kelleher had eight points and nine rebounds and Abbe Esterak scored seven points and dealt out nine assists.

Woodridge was set to play Massillon Perry in the final home game of the year Feb. 9, but results were not available at press time.

The final two games on the road are Feb. 11 at Copley and Feb. 13 at Waterloo. Tip time both nights is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs open post season play 1 p.m. Feb. 16 against Buchtel at the Nordonia Division II sectional.

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