Season Ends with Tough Loss in Tournament

posted Feb 21, 2018, 7:56 PM by Steve Barr
2/21/18 - Varsity - Div. III Sectional - Start H.S. - Elmwood 47, Woodmore 45.  The Wildcats scored eight unanswered points in the early portion of the first quarter to build an 8-3 advantage, a lead they held the whole game until the final moments of the contest against a Northern Buckeye Conference foe they had lost to twice in league play.  Elmwood scored the first points of the game to take a 3-0 lead when Wildcat junior Nora LaMunyon went on a 8-0 run herself to get the Wildcats out to an 8-3 lead.  Elmwood tossed in another three pointer to pull within 8-6, but Woodmore would score 10 of the next 12 points to lead 18-8 after one quarter.  An 8-2 run by Elmwood to start the second quarter cut the Woodmore lead to 20-16.  The Wildcats responded to score seven of the next nine points to lead 27-18.  The two teams traded points the rest of the quarter as Woodmore held a 32-22 lead at halftime.  Elmwood outscored the Wildcats 14-7 in the third quarter to pull within 39-36 before Wildcat junior Katie Brugger nailed a field goal just before the buzzer to send Woodmore to the fourth quarter with a 41-36 lead.  After Woodmore got a free throw to start the quarter, Elmwood scored the next four points to pull within two points at 42-40 with 4:01 left.  Two Brugger free throws pushed the lead back up to four points at 44-40 with 3:48 left.  Elmwood got a field goal at the 3:37 mark and a three-point field goal with 2:19 left to take their first lead since 3-0, at 45-44.  Woodmore got another free throw at the 1:46 mark to even the score at 45.  Elmwood canned two free tosses with 53.9 seconds left to go up 47-45.  Woodmore had multiple shots in the last 50 seconds, but could not find the mark.  The Wildcats called time out with 13 seconds left to set up a final shot and got an attempt inside the lane with less than two seconds left, that did not find the mark.  LaMunyon led the Wildcats with 13 points, freshman Brooke Allen scored 11 points, and senior Hayley Freund added 10 points.  Woodmore had 15 field goals (five three-pointers) to 16 field goals (five three-pointers) for Elmwood.  Elmwood was 10-of-15 from the foul line while Woodmore was 10-of-17.  The Wildcats did not have a field goal in the fourth quarter when they were outscored 11-4.  Woodmore was just 4-of-10 from the foul line in the final stanza in addition to missing the front end of a one-and-one twice.  Woodmore ends the season with a 10-13 record.