In a battle between two struggling teams, Western Reserve Academy girls basketball found the right formula to get back on the winning track.
The Pioneers welcomed Woodridge to the Murdough Athletic Center Jan. 23. WRA used a lot of full-court pressure — and a lot of junior Jade DuVal — to overpower the Bulldogs and score a 51-36 win.
WRA snapped a six-game losing streak and improved to 5-8 on the season. Woodridge dropped to 3-14 on the season.
The Buldogs seemed to handle the Pioneers full-court pressure well in the first quarter, as it kept things close at 13-11 after one quarter.
However, Woodridge seemed to lose it composure in the second quarter, as the Bulldogs managed only three points.
DuVal was the dominant force in the game for WRA. She not only earned 15 trips to the free-throw line (hitting 12 of those shots), but also finsihed with a game-high 14 rebounds. DuVal finished with 22 points.
Down 23-14 af the half, Woodridge caught a glimmer of hope when forward Aniya Rashid caught fire from outside. Rashid hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter alone.
However, WRA answered with more inside play and kept the margin at nine points after three quarters at 38-29.
Rashid hit another three pointer to start the final quarter, but that would be it for field goals for Woodridge. Rashid finished with 18 points
WRA finished 17-of-24 from the line, compared to 7-of-17 for the Bulldogs.
Along with DuVal's 22 points, WRA got eight points each from Caleigh Tiley and Abby King. Woodridge nine point from Armani Artice.
WRA will return to action Jan. 25 when it hosts Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin at 6:30 p.m.