The Woodridge girls basketball team played perhaps its finest game of the season Wednesday in a 49-22 victory at home over Portage Trail Conference Metro Division rival Coventry.
Woodridge improved to 3-14 overall, 2-9 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division with the win.
The Bulldogs led just 14-10 after one quarter but stretched their lead to 28-12 at halftime and 47-17 after three quarters.
"We were coming off a great week of practice, and it was one of our best games of the season for sure," said Woodridge head coach Chris Nauer. "Coventry had a nice first quarter, so it was pretty even, but then our girls really stepped up in the second, third and fourth quarters and played really well."
Woodridge began the week Saturday with a loss at Barberton.
In the win over the Comets, leading the way for the Bulldogs was junior guard/forward Kayla Kearns, who scored 10 points, had four rebounds and a steal.
"Kayla had a great game," Nauer said. "Offensively, she got some great looks on Coventry’s matchup zone and executed our offensive game plan."
With eight points apiece were junior guard Emma Francis and freshman guard Izzy Best. Francis also had four rebounds, six assists and a steal, while Best added two rebounds and a steal.
"Emma’s defense sparks her offense," Nauer said. "She handled the ball really well and got the ball to the basket.
"Izzy continues to play great defense. She’s very active, very versatile and very athletic, which caused a lot of fits for Coventry’s offense."
Junior guard Madison Randall scored six points and had four rebounds, an assist and three steals.
"Madison continues to play well throughout the season. She had a very nice game," the coach said.
Sophomore forward Olivia Woods had six points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal, while her classmate Layla Foster, a point guard, contributed five points, three rebounds and an assist.
"Both Olivia and Layla continue to work hard each day in practice, perfecting their crafts, Layla controlling the offense and Olivia in the post," Nauer said. "Olivia wreaked havoc on Coventry."
Junior forward/center Libby Howard had two points, nine rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals, and junior guard Halle Grant pulled down five boards.
Foreign exchange students Hanna DeOliveira and Ada Bicego, junior guards from Brazil, were honored before the game.
"Hanna and Ada had never played basketball when they arrived in this country. This is their first season playing organized basketball, and it was their first varsity action, so it was a very exciting night for Woodridge," Nauer said. "It was a great recognition and honor for those girls to come out and start the game and get some solid minutes.
"They really had a fan base around them, and the crowd’s energy was very exciting. Our girls really came out and gave these girls an experience that they’re going to take back to their home country and remember forever. The smiles on Hanna’s and Ada’s faces and the excitement was fun to watch.
Woodridge is set to travel to Springfield Wednesday and Field next Thursday in a rescheduled contest. Both are Metro games and are set to tip off at 7 p.m.
Woodridge also was given the No. 11 seed in the Division II Nordonia district tournament. The Bulldogs will open the postseason Feb. 16 at 1 p.m,. at sixth-seeded Revere.