Confidence away from the comforts of home can do wonders for a young basketball team.
Navigating through an extended road trip, a youthful Woodridge girls squad captured a league win at Coventry behind some staunch team defense.
The Bulldogs registered a 32-30 Portage Trail Conference Metro Division victory over Coventry Saturday.
Incredibly, Woodridge is in a stretch of seven games in a row away from home.
In fact, eight of the last nine games will come on the road for head coach Chris Nauer’s club.
A league trip to Lodi Cloverleaf Jan. 11 wrapped up the long road journey, but final results of the game weren’t available as of this writing.
Woodridge held Coventry to just 10 baskets and outstanding pressure defense forced 28 turnovers in the victory.
"A great team effort was turned in by all," said Nauer.
Junior Olivia Woods, a 5-foot-10 post, led Woodridge (5-6, 3-3) with 10 points and also helped in the paint.
Freshman Leah Mencer continues to help Woodridge.
An active guard, Mencer finished with nine points for the Bulldogs.
Held to just 12 points in the entire second half, Coventry (2-9, 0-6) was led by forward Cassidy Karakis, who put in 10 points on five buckets for the Lady Comets.
Also playing strong defense for the Bulldogs and denting the scoring column were senior forward Libby Howard (four points), sophomore wing Izzy Best (three), senior guard Madison Randall (two), junior guard Layla Foster (two) and junior guard Bella Owen (two).
Nauer and his staff are working at establishing quality depth not just for the varsity unit, but the entire program.
In upcoming action, Woodridge hosts Our Lady of the Elms Jan. 13 in a non-league clash, hosts Akron Springfield in league play Jan. 15 and hosts Hudson Western Reserve Academy Jan. 18 in non-league action.