HUDSON -- 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.
With the win, WRA snapped a six-game losing streak.
Unfortunately, Reserve's winning ways did not last. Host WRA (5-9) suffered a 32-30 defeat to Notre Dame Cathedral Latin Jan. 25.
Pioneers head coach Emily Thews-Baldridge said the Pioneers were able to rattle the Lady Bulldogs a little.
"I think they were getting a flustered, which is what usually happens to us," Thews-Baldridge said. "As I told the girls, for the first time, we won every quarter and we scored in double digits in every quarter. Those have been our goals all year."
Meanwhile, Woodridge coach Chris Nauer said reasons for his team's loss weren't hard to figure out.
"I told my girls in the locker room it's hard to win when you don't make free throws and give them extra possessions off rebounds," he said. "This being a back-to-back for us, especially in the late part of the season, fatigue can be a factor."
The Lady Bulldogs seemed to handle Reserve's full-court pressure well in the first quarter. WRA had a 13-11 lead after one period of play.
However, Woodridge seemed to lose its composure in the second quarter. The Lady Bulldogs managed only three points in the period.
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 she also had a game-high 14 rebounds. DuVal finished with 22 points.
"She has been getting aggressive and did a good job getting to the free throw line," Thews-Baldridge said. "We actually have some pretty good outside shooters. We were moving the ball well, which we haven't done well the last two weeks."
Down 23-14 at 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, the Pioneers answered with more inside play and kept the margin at nine points after three quarters at 38-29.
Rashid hit another 3-pointer to start the final quarter, but that would be it for field goals for the Lady Bulldogs. Rashid finished with 18 points.
Reserve finished 17-of-24 from the line, compared to 7-of-17 for Woodridge.
WRA got 8 points apiece from Caleigh Tiley and Abby King. Woodridge had nine point from Armani Artice had 9 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Against NDCL the Pioneers hit five 3-pointers and were up 19-9 after one quarter of play. But Reserve's offense stalled the rest of the way.
Tiley had three 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 9 points for WRA. DuVal and Julia Gasbarre each had six points for the Pioneers.
WRA was scheduled to travel to Garrettsville Jan. 28 to take on James A. Garfield. Results were not available at press time.
The Pioneers are set to visit Cornerstone Christian Academy in Willoughby Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m.