On Monday at Griffin High in the Region 4-AAAA tournament, the Lady Wolfpack, who finished 14-0 in league play this season, raced past Riverdale 58-29.
“I didn’t know what to expect today so I just had my girls ready to go out and play like it was the championship game,” Woodland girls’ basketball coach Ashley Maddox said. “Because it’s one-and-done. After having over a week off, we just had to get mentally and actively prepared in three days so we’ve been training like this is the championship game.”
Mecca Sneed scored 14 points and KK Parrish added 12, eight rebounds and four steals. Zaundra Stevens had 10 points and Vanessa Blagmon handed out six assists.
Unlike the matchup between these two teams in December which was just a three-point win for Woodland, this encounter was essentially settled in the second quarter.
“If you allow any team that belief and confidence that they can play with you, then you are going to be in trouble in the second half,” Maddox said. “So going into halftime, I wanted to set the tone that we were the better team and everybody in the stands knew that we were the better and we felt like we were the better team.”
With the Lady Wolfpack already ahead 16-11, Parrish sparked a 12-0 run with a layup to end the half. She also converted three straight layups, including a steal and finish to cap the surge for a 28-11 advantage.
“KK is our energy, hustle player,” Maddox said. “We feed off of her energy and hustle. She is not [the] biggest but she plays like she is a 6-footer under the rim. She goes up for every rebound. She is aggressive. She puts it right back up and converts those points.”
After halftime, Woodland put together a 17-2 spurt to extinguish any hopes of a rally by the Lady Raiders and allow the reserves to play the entire fourth quarter.
Following their region championship game against Dutchtown tonight, the Lady Wolfpack will begin their state playoff run this weekend.