by Steve BatkoCorrespondentWhen Mogadore star Kelli Pollock was tagged with her third personal foul in the first half of a recent girls basketball road journey at Mogadore, most Woodridge faithful figured the game would swing in the Bulldogs' favor. That would have been the truth last season and even the winter before, but this is a different Wildcat squad that has regained prominence in the Portage Trail Conference County Division. The Wildcats regrouped and won 55-41 Jan. 20 despite Woodridge junior Morgan Korinek surpassing the 1,000-point mark in her career (see story below).Woodridge got back on the winning track Wednesday, as they defeated James A. Garfield 53-48 to up their record to 10-6 overall and 6-5 in the County Division. Mogadore is a different club because of the dynamic freshman duo of point guard Jordan Poth and wing Amanda Sidwell. Poth poured in 19 points and Sidwell had 17 as Pollock had to sit, limiting her to nine points on the night.Korinek, who became only the fourth Lady Bulldog to reach the 1,000-point plateau, netted 12 points in the loss. Junior 3-point shooter Nicole Aikens led the team with 13 as she canned four triples. On the season, Korinek is averaging 18.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 3.6 thefts per game.Poth, a point guard, has allowed the 5-9 Pollock to go back to her natural wing positions on the court, rather than bringing the ball up all of the time. More than Poth or Sidwell's offensive heroics, it was Mogadore's defense that made the difference. In the second half, Woodridge struggled with the Wildcats' full-court defensive pressure."The pace of the game slowed when Kelly Pollock got her third foul, but we were fine with that, because we were only down by four," Bulldog coach Chris Vassalotti. "When they led big, we were forced to extend our defense more than we'd like, but the girls fought back."The Wildcats led by as many as 18, but Woodridge battled to get it to 47-41. Shooting improved and a full-court defense sparked the Bulldogs.Perimeter shooting from Aikens and junior point guard Kristen Kelleher (8 points) got Woodridge back into the game, but it was too late. The pair canned 5 3-pointers in the second half alone.Aikens has buried 38 3-pointers as of press time and is closing in on the single-season mark of 55 set by Allison Kura in 1997-98. Aikens already has twice this year tied the single-game record of six treys. Three other players in the record books have 6 3-pointers in a game -- Jessica Kuljko, Nora Horning and Kura.A host of players added two points in the loss -- juniors Kym Jones, Heather Ackermann and Jasmine McDonald along with sophomore Megan Fay.Kelleher, a 5-8 point guard who has nailed 22 treys, is a solid scorer who adds 6.8 boards, 2.6 steals, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocks. McDonald is grabbing 6.7 rebounds a game.Ackermann also has been helping on the glass, but the forward has hit for 10 points a game in the last six outings. Fay also has seen her minutes rise as she recently netted a career high 8 points and 5 caroms."Heather has become a consistent third scorer for us besides Morgan and Kristen, while Megan Fay also had a breakthrough game off the bench as she has seen her playing time increase rapidly," Vassalotti said, who also has a healthy Caitlin Orchosky (a 5-9 sophomore forward) back into the rotation.Against the G-Men, Korinek put in a game-high 18 points, as the Bulldogs weathered a late comeback attempt to score the win. CJ Carlisle led the G-Men with 11 points. Prepping for the upcoming Rootstown Division III district tournament, the Bulldogs play two of the PTC's best teams in Rootstown and East Canton weeks. The East Canton clash is at home Wednesday as the Wizards are ranked eighth in Ohio in Division IV. Junior varsity tip-off is set for 6 p.m.E-mail: stowsports@recordpub.comPhone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3113