By Paul Hines
WOODLAWN — The host Cardinals never trailed in a 55-26 win over North Clay on Tuesday night.
“Their game plan was to be real deliberate on offense, and be as patient as they could,” Woodlawn coach Shane Witzel said. “And it's important when you play against a scheme like that you get the lead early.”
Woodlawn used a strong start and a solid inside-outside combination to build a comfortable first half lead.
Woodlawn jumped out to a 12-2 lead midway through the opening quarter. Phelps gave Woodlawn its early double-digit edge with a jumper.
Brett Harris knocked down a trio of 3-pointers in the opening half, and Jake Robinson bulled his way to 10 points in the post. The early offense from the two gave Woodlawn a 37-16 lead at the half.
“We felt like we had a size advantage so we could try to get the ball in the post, and we felt like we could get some good looks in there,” Witzel said. “And try to attack the rim and get to the free throw line. And at the same time when you start doing that the defense start to collapse.”
Robinson led Woodlawn with 16 points and added seven rebounds. Chase Phelps joined Robinson in double digits with 11 points. Harris finished with nine, all in the first half. Ross Owens also contributed seven rebounds.
In the second half Woodlawn's lead touched 25 points at the end of the third period. The margin ballooned to 31 in the final minutes of the game.
Woodlawn's offense swept over North Clay, and the Cardinals defense locked them down as well. The combination contributed to Woodlawn's blowout victory. North Clay shot eight of 31 from the field in the game.
“I really felt our defense was good,” Witzel said. “We guarded hard the whole game. Our rotations were better. We guarded dribble penetration better.
“There wasn't a whole lot of open shots, and that's a credit to our guys.”
Both teams played their reserves for a large chunk of the final period.
Woodlawn is 11-1 this season.