Tigers pounce Card‘s for first league win

By Andrea Camarena

Woodlake and Lindsay met up for the fourth time this year on Thursday, Feb. 1 and this time, there was no fairytale ending in store for the Cardinals.

After taking down Woodlake in three games this season, Lindsay fell 60-67 to take its fifth consecutive league loss. The win is Woodlake's first in the East Sequoia League and fifth for the season.

&#8220It was our first league win and it was nice to get that one,” Woodlake coach Ken Ruby said. &#8220The kids were working really hard and it's nice to reap the benefits of hard work.”

Both teams played strong in the first quarter with each squad giving up only two turnovers.

The second quarter was messy on both sides of the court with Woodlake turning over the ball seven times and Lindsay doing it eight times. However, both teams churned out points with Lindsay shooting seven for 12 and Woodlake making eight of 14.

Lindsay made a 9-3 run and led 20-19 at 5:36 and Woodlake responded with a 9-4 run to lead 33-36 at the half.

Lara led the Cardinals with 9 points while Juan Manzano scored 7 for the Tigers.

In the third quarter, Lindsay increased its defensive intensity forcing eight turnovers and only giving up one.

The Cardinals made a 10-4 run to start the quarter. Lara led Lindsay's scoring with 7 points and Matt McMillan posted 6 points for the Tigers.

Lindsay flipped the score to lead 52-49 heading into the fourth.

The Tigers started the final quarter with an 8-0 run and grabbed the lead58-60 with 1:25 remaining.

“We committed two devastating turnovers that allowed Woodlake to put the game away with a final 7-2 run,” Lindsay coach Don Perales said.

Woodlake's McMillan led the Tigers with 20 points while Lindsay's Lara led all scorers with 24 points.

“The games with Lindsay have been very close and equal except for one,” Ruby said. “This is the first time we've beaten Lindsay in three years and the guys wanted it very badly. We don't finish games but this time we did.”

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