Wildcats Drop Regular-Season Finale

posted Feb 23, 2018, 7:22 PM by Steve Barr   [ updated Feb 23, 2018, 7:48 PM ]
2/23/18 - Varsity - at Rossford 53, Woodmore 52. Both teams had second-half runs, Woodmore in the third quarter and Rossford in the fourth quarter, but a rebound basket and subsequent free throw with 2.4 seconds left in the game was the difference the regular-season finale.  In the final game in Rossford's gymnasium, the Bulldogs used the momentum from the pre-game festivities to shoot out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter.  After a Woodmore time out, the Wildcats ripped off 11 unanswered points to pull even at 13.  Junior Hayden Heidebrink, who would score a game-high 24 points, scored four points in the run.  Rossford scored the last points of the quarter to lead 15-13.  Midway through the second quarter, Woodmore scored six straight points to take a 24-21 lead only to see Rossford score eight of the last 11 points of the quarter to trail 29-27 heading to the break.  Woodmore scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to take a 37-29 edge with 5:11 left.  Senior Kevin Paul had four of the Woodmore points in the run.  Both teams scored seven points the rest of the quarter and Woodmore held a 44-36 advantage heading to the final quarter.  After the team traded baskets to start the fourth, Rossford would score the next 11 points to lead 49-46 with 2:54 left.  Woodmore responded with a three-point play by senior Michell Miller with 2:45 left to tie it and Miller converted a lay up with 13.8 seconds left, after a steal, to give the Wildcats a 51-49 lead.  Rossford came down for the final shot and the first attempt was an air ball, but Rossford rebounded and converted a lay up with 2.4 seconds left and were fouled.  After two Woodmore time outs, the go-ahead free throw was missed by Rossford, but the Wildcats were guilty of a lane violation and Rossford converted the second free throw attempt to take a 52-51 lead.  A long pass by Woodmore to get a final shot was intercepted.  Miller scored15 points in the game.  Woodmore had just five players score in the game.  Woodmore had 22 field goals (three three-pointers) in the game while Rossford had 23 field goals (three three-pointers).  Woodmore was 4-of-6 at the charity stripe, Rossford 3-for-6.  Junior Varsity - Woodmore 46, at Rossford 40.  The Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs 21-5 in the third quarter to build a 37-24 lead heading to fourth quarter and then held on for the win.  Sophomore Andrew Barringer led Woodmore with 12 points, sophomore Cade Burroughs added 10 points, freshman Ethan McNair seven points, and sophomore Paul Koenig seven points.  Freshman - Woodmore 40, at Rossford 38.  Isaac Betancourt, who led the Wildcats with 16 points, hit a jumper from the baseline at the buzzer to give the Wildcats the win.  Woodmore outscored the Bulldogs, 14-6, in the final quarter to give themselves a chance to win after trailing at the end of the other three quarters, including 32-21 entering the fourth quarter.  DJ Melter added seven points and Ian Jacobson added six points.