The Cardinals used a late run to secure a slender lead against Herrin on Saturday night and hit free throws in the final quarter to win 48-39.
Woodlawn’s Ross Owens led all scorers with 16 points. Jake Robinson added 13, and Jayson Hapeman finished with seven points and five rebounds.
Herrin held a 33-31 edge with 5:34 left in the fourth. That’s when
Woodlawn’s offense ripped off eight straight points.
Hapeman canned a 3-pointer. Chase Phelps and Owens followed with buckets.
Hapeman ended the run with a free throw. The surges gave Woodlawn a 39-33 edge with 2:10 left in the game.
“The idea was that we just really wanted to pick up the pace of the game,”
Woodlawn coach Shane Witzel said. “We didn’t like the tempo. We didn’t
shoot it well so we were trying to get some things going off of our
defense t maybe get a couple baskets in transition.”
Herrin repeatedly fouled in the final two minutes. Woodlawn paraded to the
foul line and hit 10 of 12 attempts. Owens nailed all eight of his
attempts. The Cardinals turned the ball over just once in the quarter as
“You can’t discount the (free throws),” Witzel said. “You have to take
care of the ball and shoot free throws at the end. And we did a pretty
good job of that as well.”
Woodlawn seized a lead to start the game. The Cardinals claimed a 13-7
edge late in the opening quarter after a Phelps basket. Herrin behind its
zone defense stifled the Cardinals throughout the second quarter. Woodlawn
hit just two of its 11 shots in the quarter. The cold shooting helped the
Tigers take a 22-19 lead at halftime.
“Really we got real stagnate there in the last two or three minutes of the second quarter,” Witzel said.
Woodlawn is 9-1 this season and is scheduled to host Harrisburg on Tuesday night.