By PAUL HINES
Wayne City used its quickness on the court to beat the Lady Cardinals in transition Monday night.
Wayne City won the game 54-33.
Woodlawn led 9-8 after the opening quarter, but Wayne City hurt Woodlawn with its pace in the second quarter to open up a double-digit halftime lead.
“We didn’t get back on defense, and that was a problem for us,” Woodlawn coach Trisha Draege said. “We didn’t really have a reason to be tired at all. We have to get better at getting back on defense for sure. Teams are just going to run and gun on us.”
Megan Slover gave the Lady Indians a 10-9 lead early in the second quarter with a pair of free throws. Wayne City’s defense wrapped up the Woodlawn offense and held the Lady Cardinals to four points in the quarter.
With Woodlawn struggling to find consistent offense, the Lady Indians roared ahead. Tori Pasley hit a baseline jumper. Later in the quarter she scored again on a transition bucket.
“That’s our goal,” Wayne City coach Deairdra Dagg said. “I like the fast pace, and the last couple games we’ve tried to bring it down the court slowly and set something up and it doesn’t fit for my girls.”
Hunter Clark converted a layup with 30 seconds left in the half to put Wayne City up 24-13. Clark led her team with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Pasley was also in double figures with 14 points.
Alexa Capps did the bulk of the scoring for the Lady Cardinals. She hit a pair of 3-pointers in the opening quarter. In the second half she fired away at the Wayne City defense. Capps led all scorers with 22 points. She finished nine of 23 from the field.
“You can’t just rely on one player,” Draege said. “It’s too much for them to carry. It’s too easy to guard. You’re not going to win a lot of games that way.”
Wayne City maintained its double-digit lead in the second half and pushed the advantage near 20 late in the third quarter.
Woodlawn is 1-8 this season, and Wayne City is 6-3. Before the game, Capps was recognized for breaking the school’s all-time career scoring record. She surpassed the mark earlier this season in the DuQuoin Tournament against Murphysboro.