Heflin sweeps Woodland
Woodland’s girls fell behind by 14 points at the start of the second half of their game against Cleburne County Monday, but a methodical rally saw them down by just two early in the fourth quarter before Heflin pulled away late for a 50-45 win.
Woodland trailed 27-17 at halftime, then saw the Lady Tigers score the first four points of the third quarter to stretch the lead to 31-17. But Leah Williamson scored seven points as part of a 16-5 run that cut the lead to 36-33 with less than a minute to play in the third.
After the teams traded points on the next few possessions, Julianna Lovvorn’s basket early in the fourth cut the lead to 39-37 before Heflin rebuilt the lead to 48-41 with 2:28 left to play.
The loss is the third in the last four games for Woodland after they Lady Bobcats started the season 6-0. Those losses have come against area foes Horseshoe Bend and Ranburne before Monday’s defeat at the hands of the 4A Lady Tigers.
Williamson led Woodland with 13 points, while Lovvorn added 12 points and 8 rebounds.
In the boys game, Woodland played perhaps its best two quarters of basketball in the first half as they built a surprising 29-17 lead in the second quarter behind the solid offensive play of Brock Edwards and Jacob Champion.
But the hot shooting ended abruptly for Woodland as Cleburne County closed the half on 12-0 run to tie the game, then opened the third quarter with a 14-2 burst to put it out of reach. The Tigers eventually won 69-55.
The game was decided in the third quarter as Woodland was outscored 21-4 in that frame.
Edwards finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds, and Champion added 10 points and five boards.
Woodland fell to 2-8 on the season with the loss, prior to Tuesday’s area showdown against Ranburne.