DU QUOIN — Behind an almost triple double by Cheyenne Bailey, Woodlawn evened its record at the 17th Annual Lady Indians Tip-Off Classic by beating Christopher, 40-28, at Anders Gymnasium Friday night.
“Definitely a better effort and a better outcome for sure tonight,” said Woodlawn coach Matt Patterson. “Obviously we still have some things to clean up — the free throw line again and some layups —but those are fixable things, and I think we’ll be alright. Defensively I thought Bailey was real active in the passing lane for sure, as were Macy Williams and Zoe Shield, who got their hands on a lot of balls.”
Bailey had a season-high game with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 9 steals after starting the season with eight points in the 55-50 loss to Cairo Monday. Shields also scored 10 points, with Ryan Petersen adding eight.
“Even though it wasn’t our best game, we still pulled through and never stopped like we did in our first game,” Bailey said. “Instead of getting down on ourselves like we did late in the game Monday, we stayed up even though we weren’t playing so good.”
Woodlawn (1-1) will play Murphysboro (1-1) Saturday at 10 a.m. and finish the tournament against Du Quoin (3-0) at 4:30 p.m. Christopher (0-3) will wind up its tournament with an 11:30 a.m. game against Cairo (1-1). Murphysboro plays Cairo at 3 p.m.
Du Quoin won the late game 51-33 over Murphysboro, with 13 points by Lauren Heape and 10 by Loveleen Dunklin to remain undefeated.
“We did better,” said Christopher coach Seiger Shurtz. “We hung around, but still didn’t get over the hump, but that’s going to take time with how young we are (8 freshmen, 1 sophomore, 3 juniors, 2 seniors). We’re turning it over way too much (31 turnovers), and a lot of them were just unforced. If we cut our turnovers in half, it’s probably a different ballgame. We’re going to grow and get better. It’s just going to take some time.”
Despite the win, Woodlawn is still trying to find its shooting eye. The team made only 17-of-56 (30.4) from the field and 4-of-15 (26.7) from the line after missing 17 free throws in their first game.
“We got capable kids who can shoot it, so it’s just the matter of getting into the flow, but it’s early and we’ll work on it,” Patterson said. “I expect we’ll get better.”
The Lady Cardinals opened the game on a 6-0 run, starting with Bailey scoring on a layup 59 seconds after the tipoff. Brianna Soderlund was then sent to the line 1:19 later and made both free throws. With 2:49 remaining in the first quarter, Petersen sank a layup to complete the run.
Christopher got onto the board with 1:58 left on a layup by Shianne Dejear followed by a putback by Dejear to cut the lead to two with 1:31 remaining. Macy Williams drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to stop her run.
Dejear, who opened the tournament with 15 points, 17 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and a steal against Murphysboro, finished the game with 17 points, 14 rebounds, 1 blocked shot and six steals.
Carly Freehill scored on a fast break layup with 32 seconds left to cut the lead to 9-6 heading into the second quarter.
Woodlawn extended its lead to 17-8 halfway through the second quarter with the help of two transition buckets by Bailey. The first came when Bailey stole the ball and went the distance for a layup, and the second came after a steal by Emily McMahon set up the Bailey for an easy basket.
“I could just tell by their eyes when they went to pass it that I could get a jump on it,” Bailey said. “They kept doing that, so I kept stealing it.”
Christopher cut the lead to five with 1:32 remaining in the half on baskets by Makensie Jackson and Dejear. They maintained that margin when Bailey stole the ball and was fouled, but missed her two free throw attempts with 58 seconds left.
The Lady Cardinals extended their lead back to nine points with 3:22 remaining in the third quarter, but the Lady Bearcats cut it back to five on a jumper from the lane by Dejear and a jumper by Kassie O’Bryan off a steal by Dejear.
Woodlawn led by eight points heading into the fourth quarter after Felicity McKee split a pair of free throws, and McMahon sank a jumper with 37 seconds remaining.
The Lady Cardinals stretched their lead to 14 points at the start of the fourth quarter on two baskets by Bailey and a steal and a layup by Samantha Moore. Christopher cut the lead to eight with 4:03 remaining, but that was as close as the Lady Bearcats would get.
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