Woodridge rebounds to oust JFK
The Golden Eagles had a 14-0 lead when the comeback began.
By MARK W. MILLER
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
ROOTSTOWN -- At the start of the first quarter, the Warren JFK girls basketball team looked as though it would roll to a easy victory by rushing to a 14-0 lead.
But the Eagles' quick start didn't last as Woodrige started a comeback, and when the contest was over it eliminated JFK, 54-48, in a Division III district semifinal game Thursday at Rootstown High School.
"We play a lot of freshmen and sophomores and they played as if they had been in the district tournament all their careers," Woodridge coach Chris Vassalotti said.
Trailing 14-0, Woodridge begin a 12-2 run to get within 18-12.
The Eagles (8-14) pushed it to 20-12, but Woodridge was behind only 22-19 at the intermission.
Warren JFK went ahead 27-21 early in the third quarter, but Woodridge (7-15) went on a 8-0 run to take a 29-27 lead.
A basket by Morgan Korinek gave Woodridge its first lead of the contest, 29-27, and pulled away 41-32. JFK couldn't recover, although they twice got with in four points in the fourth quarter.
"We kept playing hard, that was our trademark all season, and got within four points twice in the fourth quarter, but we couldn't stop them scoring as they came right back each time with a basket," JFK coach Dave Konczal said.
"We gave them up just 50 points and I think the run we made was good and I hope it's just the start of things to come for next year," Konczal said.
"We have to develop some depth with a lot of freshmen, sophomores and juniors coming back next year," Konczal said.
Woodridge was paced by Morgan Korinek, a 5-foot-8 sophomore forward, with 23 points and she grabbed 15 rebounds.
Anna Horning, a 5-8 senior guard, added 12 points and she pulled down 10 rebounds.
Katie Rogner of the Eagles, a 5-7 junior guard, scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Samantha Brys, a 5-6 junior post, chipped in with 12 points and she had seven rebounds.