The Woodridge girls basketball team earned its first win of the season 33-23 Saturday at Western Reserve Academy.
"Our girls were ready, and they executed the game plan," said Bulldogs head coach Chris Nauer.
On Wednesday, Woodridge lost 61-21 at home to Portage Trail Conference Metro Division rival Norton.
In the win over Western Reserve, the Bulldogs led 8-6 after one quarter, 21-9 at halftime and 28-11 after three quarters.
Leading the way for Woodridge was sophomore guard Layla Foster, who scored 10 points and had five rebounds, an assist and four steals.
Junior guard Emma Francis scored eight points and had nine rebounds, two assists and a remarkable nine steals.
"Emma is starting to come into her own," said Nauer. "The game is starting to come to her. She works hard each and every day. Defensively, she played really well. She sees the floor really well and gets her hands on the basketball. She has a great basketball IQ."
Sophomore forward Olivia Woods scored eight points and had 14 rebounds and two steals.
In the loss to Norton, Woodridge was down 13-6 after the first quarter, 29-10 at the half and 49-16 after the third quarter.
"I told the girls after the game, ‘We played with one of the best teams in the Metro Division for two quarters.’" Nauer said. "We’re a young basketball team, but we’re making great strides each and every day.
"These girls are not going to back down. They’re not intimidated. They came out and played hard. I was really pleased with our effort."
Foster scored six points and had two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Woods had five points and four rebounds, and Francis contributed four points, four rebounds and an assist.
The week began for Woodridge Jan. 3 with a 56-30 defeat at home to backyard rival Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
The Bulldogs trailed 12-10 after one quarter, 27-17 at halftime and 42-21 after three quarters.
"We were very pleased with our effort in the first half," said Nauer. "I know the score doesn’t really reflect how close it was throughout the game. It was a game of runs back and forth.
"Our girls executed the game plan all the way through the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, it got away from us a little bit. I was really impressed with how the girls played."
Foster scored eight points and had two rebounds, an assist and two steals.
"Layla is our primary ballhandler," the coach said. "Her offense is sparked by her defense. She got some good steals and some easy buckets. She had a great game."
Freshman guard Izzy Best scored eight points and had three rebounds, an assist and four steals.
Sophomore guard Megan Woods, Olivia’s sister, scored four points. Olivia Woods had two points, 13 rebounds and a steal.
"Olivia battles each and every night," said Nauer. "She’s asked to do a lot of things both offensively and defensively. There’s not a matchup from which she’s going to back down. Every single night, she goes out and plays hard, and her stats reflect that."
Woodridge is scheduled to take a 1-10 overall record and an 0-6 Metro Division mark into a home game against division rival Springfield Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs are set to travel to division foe Ravenna Wednesday at 7 p.m.