Woodstock girls seal victory over Indian Creek in 4th quarter
WOODSTOCK – Less than 24 hours after Woodstock experienced a tough loss against Johnsburg when the Blue Streaks couldn't close out the game in the fourth quarter, they had an opportunity to redeem themselves Saturday.
Woodstock took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter against Indian Creek, and the Blue Streaks were determined to not repeat the letdown they had the day before. Led by Brecken Overly, Woodstock outscored the Timberwolves by nine in the fourth quarter to put away Indian Creek for a 52-41 nonconference win.
"This morning was rough, and then getting up and being motivated to work really hard," Overly said of the quick turnaround between games. "Coming out, we all had chips on our shoulders so it was nice."
The Timberwolves (8-8) were forced to play zone defense because some players were out sick, including starter Samantha Mosley, who did not make the trip. Indian Creek coach Paul Muchmore said prior to the Woodstock game, the Timberwolves had played zone for about two minutes this season and have never worked on it in practice. But with the injury bug hitting the team and against a Blue Streaks team featuring a deep bench, Muchmore hoped the zone defense would help his team.
The Blue Streaks (6-8) didn't appear fazed by the zone defense. Overly scored a game-high 14 points, including eight in the pivotal fourth quarter. The sophomore guard's two baskets on consecutive possessions midway through the fourth gave Woodstock its biggest lead of the game, 47-35. Sophomore guard Grace Beattie added 10 points, and junior Selena Juarez scored eight for the Blue Streaks.
"I don't know if it was confidence or maybe the freshness of people playing with different people during the end of the game," Woodstock coach Marty Hammond said of his team playing better in the fourth. "So that was a different aspect that the kids were like, hey now it's my turn. And they stepped up and completed [the win]."
The Timberwolves took a 9-4 led in the first quarter, but by halftime the Blue Streaks were out front, 23-21. Indian Creek fought back to tie Woodstock at 29 with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter on Olivia Harvell's basket, however the Timberwolves weren't able to pull ahead.
"I thought we kind of got worn down," Muchmore said. "They had more players running in and out. That's part of the game. Some of the girls started to get tired and made some mental mistakes. Credit to [Overly] for making those shots."