The Woodstock High School boys basketball team dropped a pair of home games last week, losing to Badger High School and Richmond-Burton.
In the 58-50 loss to nonconference Badger Dec. 6, 6-foot-3-inch senior Blake Brainard helped lead the Blue Streaks. Brainard racked up 13 points and 16 rebounds for WHS.
Matt Shook, a senior point guard for the Streaks who had most of the ball-handling responsibility in the first part of the game, injured his hand and sat out the second half.
“We didn’t shoot as well as we wanted,” said WHS coach Al Baker. “Thirty-two percent of the time we shot from the floor, and we turned the ball over 18 times, which is very high for us.”
Turnovers plagued the Streaks in their game Dec. 8 against Richmond-Burton, as well, when they gave up the ball to the Rockets 13 times. The game ended in a 66-57 loss for WHS. As in their game against Badger, the Streaks suffered an injury to a team leader.
“Senior Josh Turner was having an excellent game [in the] first half, and midway through the third quarter guys were going pretty hard and Turner took a fall,” Baker said. “He was removed due to concussion protocol for the remainder of the game.”
WHS benefited from a good performance from sophomore guard David Shinherr, who scored 15 points from five 3-pointers.
The Streaks ended the week with a record of 2-4 overall.
“With a pretty young team, I do think we will take a little time to play consistently well against our opponents,” Baker said. “We have a talented team that works hard with a great attitude. We just need to remain confident and keep a positive attitude and work through it.”
WHS Girls Drop Two
The WHS girls basketball team dropped two games against top teams last week.
The Streaks fell at home to Burlington Central 32-19 Dec. 7 and followed that loss with a 68-45 defeat at Johnsburg Dec. 9.
Against Burlington Central, junior point guard Autumn Overly stood out for the Streaks.
“[Overly] consistently scored for us,” said WHS head coach Jen Nichols Hogle. “… Burlington is extremely talented and has the tradition of being a very strong team.”
Against Johnsburg, the Streaks held the score close in the first quarter but could not keep it close toward the end. WHS seniors Gabby Scolia (forward) and Diana Spokas (center) split high score with 16 points each.
“The score might not represent how hard and how well we played. Johnsburg is a respectful program that went to sectionals last year,” Nichols Hogle said.
“With a new conference, the girls are just trying to make a statement and finish in the top third. Even though the girls are young, they are very capable.”