Mt. Vernon Register-News

January 6, 2014

Woodlawn holds off Herrin

By Paul Hines
Register-News

WOODLAWN —

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 

well.

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.