It was a breakout game for Emma Francis.
The Woodridge junior guard exploded for 22 points – including six 3-pointers – Wednesday despite a 66-56 loss at home against Portage Trail Conference Metro Division rival Streetsboro in a girls basketball game.
Francis also had four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
"Emma is a great shooter and she caught fire from the outside," said Bulldogs head coach Chris Nauer. "That was good to see from her."
The game was tied 17-17 after one quarter before Streetsboro forged ahead 40-28 at halftime. The Rockets extended their lead to 53-33 after three quarters.
Woodridge outscored the visitors 23-13 in the fourth quarter, but the home team had dug itself too big a hole from which to recover.
"I was very pleased with the first half of play, especially the first quarter," Nauer said. "The girls came out and executed exactly what we worked on in practice the previous two days.
"A couple turnovers led to a few fast-break points for Streetsboro, but we answered right back, which I was very pleased with. A couple things just didn’t go our way in the first half.
"On offense, we did a really good job of keeping the floor spaced and attacking the basket. We got to the free-throw line a good deal. All the buckets didn’t fall, but overall we had a pretty good night on the offensive end."
Sophomore guard Layla Foster scored 14 points, including 12-of-16 from the foul line. She also had three rebounds, two assists and three steals.
"Layla is doing a good job of getting the ball to the basket," said the coach. "Streetsboro got in some foul trouble, and she kept attacking and attacking."
Junior forward/center Libby Howard scored seven points and had five rebounds, while freshman guard Izzy Best contributed five points, an assist and four steals.
"Libby and Izzy continue to work hard each and every day," Nauer said. "Both are active all over the defensive end, and that really sparks our offense.
"Izzy was challenged with the assignment of shutting down a real good scorer in Rachel Bolyard, who ended up with 19 points. But credit to Izzy, Emma and Layla … they stepped up and played really good defense."
Junior guard/forward Kayla Kearns had two points, five rebounds, an assist and two steals.
Woodridge is scheduled to take a 2-12 overall record and a 1-8 PTC Metro mark into a home game against Metro rival Cloverleaf Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to travel to division rival Field next Wednesday at 7 p.m. They are set to play at Barberton Feb. 2 at 2:30 p.m.