Progress has come in fits and starts this season for the Woodridge girls basketball team.
Thus, Bulldogs coach Chris Nauer probably didn't mind working a bit of overtime to get his team's third victory of the season.
Woodridge got that win Jan. 14 at Akron Ellet, as the Bulldogs started fast, cooled off and then won it in overtime 48-43 over the Orangemen.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were unable to carry the momentum from the win forward, as Streetsboro scored a 56-43 win over Woodridge Jan. 18 in Peninsula.
Woodridge's record stood at 3-12, 1-8 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division as of press time.
"It was a great team effort Saturday, going on the road and getting a win," Nauer said. "We followed the game plan and executed well. Ellet's got a big 6-foot-1 girl that we saw on film. We needed to front her during the game and work on the help side. The girls responded well."
For once, Woodridge got off to a good start in the Ellet game, as the Bulldogs took a 11-4 lead after one quarter.
However, Woodridge could not sustain the lead and was actually trailing late in the fourth quarter against the Orangemen.
Freshman Emma Francis played hero for the Bulldogs, as she nailed a three-pointer with four seconds left in regulation, tying the game at 41-41 and sending it to overtime.
The Bulldogs dominated the overtime period, finishing with a 7-2 advantage.
"We switched up defenses a lot," Nauer said. "We switched to the full-court press and got a couple of quick buckets, which was nice to see."
Junior guard Sophia DeBord led the Bulldogs with 15 points, while junior forward Aniya Rashid added 14 points.
Another good start against the Rockets gave Woodridge hope of an upset, as the Bulldogs led 12-10 after one quarter.
"The game was a lot of closer than the score appeared," Nauer said. "We were in the ballgame until the last minute and a half, I think. Offensively, it was probably one of our best efforts of the season."
Woodridge kept things close until late, when the Rockets outscored the Bulldogs 14-6 in the final quarter.
Rashid again led the Bulldogs with 13 points. Streetsboro was led by guard Savannah Nevels, who finished with a game-high 26 points.
"She had 20 of her points in the first half," Nauer said. "At halftime, I put Gracey Radwany on her and told her 'Wherever she goes, you go.' We threw a little box and one at them. It was a great effort defensively in the second half. We just didn't have enough coming down the stretch to get the win."
Woodridge was set to host Cloverleaf Jan. 21, but results were not available at press time.
The Bulldogs travel to Western Reserve Academy Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. and Field Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.