Though its been a long season for the Woodridge girls basketball, coach Chris Nauer has always noted effort has not been the Bulldogs' issue this winter.
The Bulldogs need to get better in the execution department, which Nauer knows is a tougher task.
A case in point came Feb. 1 when the Bulldogs hosted Coventry at Woodridge Middle School. Despite falling behind 32-23 after three quarters, Woodridge tried to rally on the Comets late.
In the end, the Bulldogs came up just short, losing 41-38 to the Comets.
Woodridge record stood at 3-17, 1-11 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division as of press time.
The game will the Comets saw a lot of ebb and flow.
Woodridge had to deal with another slow start, as Coventry took a 14-9 lead after one quarter. However, the Bulldogs' defense then limited the Comets to just three points in the second quarter, allowing Woodridge to cut the lead to 17-15 at the half.
Coventry pushed the lead again in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs did not give in.
Coventry more than doubled Woodridge's trips to the free-throw line in the contest, but could not turn that into a huge advantage. The Comets shot 10-of-24 from the line. By contrast, the Bulldogs went 5-of-9.
Junior guard Sophia DeBord led the Bulldogs with a game-high 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Forward Aniya Rashid had 11 points for the Bulldogs.
Guard Megan Murray led the Comets with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Junior Taylor Norris added 10 points for Coventry.
Woodridge was set to travel to Norton Feb. 4, but results were not available press time.
On Feb. 5, Woodridge will learn its postseason fate as part of the tournament draw for the Division II district tournament draw at Nordonia.
The regular-season finale for the Bulldogs will be Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at home. Woodridge will welcome Springfield to town for its Senior Night.