When you are dominated like the Woodridge boys basketball team was in the first half of its 73-60 loss Friday at Portage Trail Conference Metro Division rival Coventry, it’s hard to recover from that.
The Bulldogs found that out by trailing 19-9 after one quarter and 38-17 at halftime.
"Coventry just beat us up … physically and emotionally," Woodridge head coach Ric Blevins said. "They were just heads and tails better than we were."
The visitors were down 54-30 after three quarters. By the time they outscored the Comets 30-19 in the fourth quarter, they had dug themselves too big of a hole.
"When you’re down 25 points, it’s easy to cut it to 13, but it’s a little tougher to get it inside of double digits," said Blevins. "Our kids played harder in the second half, but it was a simple case of too little, too late."
Woodridge fell to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Metro.
Junior shooting guard Josh Decker led the way for the Bulldogs with 24 points.
"Josh shot the ball well," Blevins said. "He was able to make some big shots in the second half. He’s a guy who can score the basketball, but, as we’ve been stressing all week, we need other things from him, too."
Senior shooting guard Josh Fleming scored 11 points, and junior James Werts added nine points.
"Josh plays hard," said the coach. "He does a lot of things for us. He had to play a lot of minutes. We challenged the guys in the second half. Their goal was to be on the floor at the end of the game because we were going to play the five guys who played with the most toughness at the end of the game right down to the final buzzer, and Josh was one of those five guys."
Senior guard Brandon Albright scored five points, sophomore shooting guard Ben Kiser had four points and junior Marion Hopper had three points. With two points apiece were senior Kyle Mottice and junior Owen Thompson.
According to Blevins, the Woodridge attack, on both ends of the floor, needs to be more than just Decker, Fleming and Werts.
"Those three guys have the ability to be very good basketball players for us, but it can’t just be the three of them," he said. "They need to understand, as well as their teammates need to understand, that we need everybody. It’s not one or two guys who are going to carry this basketball team. We’re not that good. We’re a work in progress.
"We’ve got some glaring weaknesses that we need to correct, and if we’re going to do it, we’ve got to do it as a group, and that’s Nos. 1-12, not 1-3."
Woodridge is scheduled to play at Norton Friday and at Cloverleaf Tuesday before hosting Springfield Jan. 17. All three are Metro Division games that are set to tip off at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to oppose Louisville Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Mercy Medical Classic at North Canton Hoover.