Clifton rolls over Woodlawn, 61-41 Class 4A, Region II girls


The motto for Lake Clifton last night must have been: "If at first you don't succeed, try again."

And again. And again.

Often getting two, three -- and sometimes even five -- shots at the basket, No. 11 and third-seeded Lake Clifton (14-5) rolled to a 61-41 victory over visiting sixth-seeded Woodlawn (13-8) in a Class 4A, Region II quarterfinal game.

The Lakers will visit second seed Laurel in a semifinal tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Led by 6-foot-5 center Natisha Ferguson (23 rebounds) and forward Tammy Lea (13 rebounds), Lake Clifton out-rebounded the Warriors 49-34, including a 31-10 advantage on the offensive end.

"They cleaned our clocks on the boards," Woodlawn coach Mary Duckworth said. "They had the height and they knew how to use their bodies.

"We front-and-backed [Ferguson] to deter them from passing to her, but we still couldn't box her out. Her body would move us because of her physical strength."

Last night's game was Lake Clifton's first since Feb. 5.

"And it showed," Lake Clifton coach James Monroe said. "We've been scrimmaging the boys team the last couple of days, but we haven't had a good workout for three weeks. We didn't play our best, but a win is a win."

The Lakers, who were led in scoring by Celena Falline (17 points) used an 18-0 run to take a 25-10 lead with 5:44 remaining in the second quarter.

Woodlawn ended the first half on an 11-6 run to pull within 31-21 at halftime, and remained within 10 after three quarters.

But the Lakers scored the first 12 points of the fourth quarter to take a 52-30 lead.

Ferguson scored 14 and Tammy Lea added 12 for Lake Clifton.

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