2022.02.23 Girls Basketball: VHSL Region 5D Quarterfinal, North Stafford @ Woodgrove

Purcellville, VA (February 23, 2022) - By virtue of their undefeated regular season and Dulles District championship, the Woodgrove Wolverines earned the second seed in the VHSL Region 5D tournament. Their first opponent would be the North Stafford Wolverines, or "North," who had earned their place by finishing third in the Commonwealth District with a record of 11-7 overall. Results not quite as good, but it's a new season when regional playoffs begin.

Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.

The opening quarter was initially slow with both teams feeling each other out. The opportunities were plentiful for both teams, but North's nerves were showing and their accuracy was off at first. Woodgrove had a solid, if not dominating, lead as the period ended, 18-9. 

With Woodgrove's momentum building at the end of the first quarter, it looked like they might run away with it. But North settled down and started shooting more consistently. The game definitely got more physical at both ends of the court, and that worked to the visitors' advantage. Midway through the second period, North Stafford had whittled the lead down to three points, 20-17, but Woodgrove responded and pushed the lead back out to 30-24 at halftime.

The third quarter belonged to Woodgrove. Sparked by Sadie Shores' highlight reel drives through the North defense, the home team led by sixteen, 44-28, as the fourth quarter began--probably about the kind of dominance everyone was expecting. But North fought back and cut the lead to just nine points before Woodgrove surged again to close the game out.

Woodgrove advances to the semifinals and will host third-seeded Harrisonburg on Friday night.

Final Score: Woodgrove 56 - North Stafford 43 

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