Nothing came easy for the Woodridge girls basketball team, especially on the offensive end.
Looking to find ways to put the ball in the hoop, the host Bulldogs managed just one basket in a devastating fourth quarter in a 35-28 league loss to Streetsboro Wednesday.
Streetsboro outscored Woodridge 11-3 in the fourth quarter to drop the Bulldogs to 1-2 in the Portage Trail Conference.
It was a tough loss, but head coach Chris Nauer liked the team’s response after the defeat.
"I liked the energy in the locker room – it was a tough loss, but the energy was good and these girls know what we have to work on," explained the coach.
"They know they have to work and they were positive, and that’s in their DNA and what makes this group such a pleasure to work with," added Nauer.
Woodridge (3-3) fought throughout in a defensive battle, forcing 26 Rocket turnovers.
However, those turnovers and being active on the offensive glass did not result in points.
Down 32-27 late in the fourth quarter, Woodridge had one possession with three shots off a couple of offensive boards that didn’t result in any points.
Meanwhile, the Rockets’ Breanda Davis canned 3-of-4 free throws in the final 38.1 seconds to seal the victory for Streetsboro (3-2, 2-1).
"I think turnovers plagued us as well as some missed free throws," said Nauer.
Nauer was right as Woodridge committed 28 turnovers and many were unforced. The hosts were just 6-of-20 at the charity stripe as well.
Junior forward Olivia Woods was strong in the paint for Woodridge as she had nine points, pulled down 15 rebounds, and had two steals.
Libby Howard, a senior forward, also impressed with six points, eight caroms, two assists, and two thefts.
Led by the tireless duo of Woods (nine) and Howard (six), Woodridge had a whopping 21 offensive rebounds, but couldn’t convert the putbacks.
"There are some nights when shots don’t fall, but that will happen – we just need to keep working," said Nauer.
Providing some energy off the bench was speedy sophomore Izzy Best, who added seven points and six steals. Junior guard Layla Foster added four points.
Senior guard Emma Francis scored six of the Bulldogs’ 11 points in the final period to help oust host Springfield 43-36 in a league clash Dec. 7.
The Spartans (1-4, 0-3) were outscored 11-3 in the final quarter.
Thanks to converting a career-high nine free throws, Francis helped secure the win.
Howard added nine points, Foster had eight, Woods seven, senior post Kayla Kearns had four, and junior guard Bella Owen added a 3-point bomb.