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Bryce Lawrence beats the defender to the rim.Bryce Lawrence beats the defender to the rim.

By Brian Besch
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Corrigan-Camden basketball handed Woden its first district loss Tuesday on the north side of Polk County, taking a 77-57 match.

After the ‘Dogs gained a lead in the opening period, Woden closed the margin to one multiple times. However, Corrigan would stretch their lead back to double digits with a few minutes to play in the second quarter.

The press would be Woden’s undoing just after halftime. A 43-31 lead at the half turned into a 27-point advantage at 67-40 by the end of the third. Woden had problems with the inbounds pass and with any ball handler finding an open teammate. The Bulldogs gathered several steals and turned many into simple, uncontested layups.

“We noticed that they were dragging,” Corrigan-Camden coach Greg Devers said. “He didn’t use his bench much in the first half. I play seven players, but we played five games last week in the Houston County Tournament, so I called that conditioning week. He had one game, so I felt that our conditioning got them in the third quarter. We scored the most points – 24 – in that quarter, I believe.”

With the contest decided, everyone in blue got minutes on the floor in the fourth and most everyone found the scoring column.

Tony Cooper went over the 1,500-point mark for his career by leading the team with 30 Tuesday. Earlier in the season, Cooper passed 1,000 points. Brodgrick Price scored 14 and Michael Kenney had 13.

“In the Houston County tournament, we went 3-2,” Devers said of recent action. “We lost to Grapeland, and they are ranked 20 in the state in 2A. We had a 12-point lead going into the fourth quarter and we lost to them by six. Then, we beat a good 4A school in Longview Spring Hill, and then we beat Caldwell and Buffalo. My old school, Coldspring, got me again. Right now, we are 18-5, but the big thing tonight was both us and Woden were 1-0 in district. Now, we are 2-0 and we have now won 14 straight district games.”

The coach still wants to rebound better and rotate on defense quicker. He believes that many of the losses are due to teams getting second-chance points. He referenced the Grapeland game, where the Sandies got four offensive rebounds in one possession and the last shot taken was a successful 3-pointer. On the next trip down the court, Grapeland converted an offensive rebound into another bucket, making for five offensive rebounds in two possessions to go up by a point.

“Hopefully, we are going to improve in district. Woden may be one of the top three teams in district – them and Chireno can probably battle it out. When we go down there, they are tough to beat at their place, and I am sure we are going to see a different Woden team then.”

Devers also said his squad defeated Chireno by seven in a tournament earlier in the season. A trip to Broaddus is next on the schedule Friday. The Bulldogs then return home Tuesday for a date with San Augustine.

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