Successful Season Ends With Sectional Loss

posted Mar 2, 2018, 7:22 PM by Steve Barr
3/2/18 - Div. III Sectional Final - Anthony Wayne H.S. - Eastwood 71, Woodmore 59.  The most successful boys basketball season since 2004-05 ended with the sectional loss to Northern Buckeye Conference foe Eastwood.  Eastwood scored the last seven points of the first quarter as Woodmore trailed 15-12 after the opening stanza.  After the Wildcats opened the second quarter scoring six of the first nine points to tie the score at 18, Eastwood would run off the next 10 points to open up a 28-18 lead.  They would extend the lead to 39-24 at halftime outscoring Woodmore 11-6 over the remainder of the quarter.  But, the Wildcats were not going to go down without a fight.  Woodmore would open the third quarter on an 18-8 run to pull within 47-42 with 4:18 left in the third.  Senior Mitchell Miller, who took game scoring honors with 23 points, scored seven points in the run while fellow senior Kevin Paul scored five points.  The two teams would trade points the rest of the quarter as Woodmore trailed 56-50 after three quarters.  After being outscored 24-12 in the second quarter, Woodmore won the third quarter, 26-17.  After Eastwood hit a three-pointer to open the final stanza, Woodmore scored the next three points to get the deficit back to six points, 59-53, with 5:19 left.  Eastwood would score the next four points to re-open a 10-point edge, 63-53, with 3:12 left.  Woodmore made one last push scoring the next five points to pull within 63-58 with 1:50 left.  A lay up from junior Hayden Heidebrink and a three-pointer from junior Drew Burner accounted for the points.  But, Eastwood would break the Woodmore press for three lay ups over the next minute to take a 69-58 lead with 49.2 seconds left, essentially putting the game out of reach.  Paul and Burner each scored 10 points.  Woodmore had 18 field goals, including five three-pointers, to 25 field goals for Eastwood, eight of which were three-pointers.  Woodmore was 18-of-23 from the charity stripe while Eastwood was 13-of-19.  The Wildcats end the season with a 17-7 record.