VR point guard Marcus Miller used a combination of back-to-back treys — banking in the second one — to open the second half and help the homestanding Wildcats improve to 8-1 overall on the year and 5-1 in region play.
Villa Rica coach Jason Robinson said it was good to see his team seal the deal when it had the opportunity rather than allow Woodland (2-5, 1-5) to hang around in the second half and keep it a competitive contest.
“We talked about it at halftime to try to get a big push in the third and go ahead and knock them on out. We hadn’t been able to do that this year at any point in any game, I didn’t feel like. But we did come back and we executed a couple of 3s. The one bank shot, we got a little lucky there. But I liked our intensity. We had a little more focus. I wish we hit a few more free throws, but we’ve been working on that as team,” Robinson said.
VR led from start to finish on Friday, building a 19-11 edge after the first quarter and extending that to 39-24 by halftime before running away with it in the second half, getting solid minutes from a number of different guys, as the squad connected on eight 3-pointers.
Xavier Hughes posted 15 points to lead Villa Rica offensively, while Delano Mims added 14, Rodney Hill finished with 12 points, six boards and three steals and Josh Lay also had a solid all-around game with nine points, nine rebounds, four steals and four blocked shots. Kelvin Bonds scored seven points and pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds. Miller got all six of his points in the early third-quarter flurry to go along with four steals and a handful of assists.
Woodland, which was missing its top player on Friday, was led by Jamar Posey, who scored 14 points before fouling out early in the third quarter.
Villa Rica returns to action tonight in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Heard County to continue a busy stretch for the ball club heading toward the holiday break. The Cats will play a non-region game at Douglas County on Tuesday evening, then take part in the West Georgia Holiday Classic on Thursday-Saturday.
Villa Rica girls 57, Woodland 25: The Lady Cats (6-3, 4-2) used a 14-0 run to close out the first half and take a 33-13 advantage into the break, allowing first-year VR coach James Bailey to clear his bench in the second half of the region rout.
“They finally played like this is at home. They executed well and we’ve worked on a few things and they looked good doing it. We were able to play some of those younger girls, and they’re going to have to step up because in the future we’re going to be counting on them, too,” Bailey said.
Villa Rica stretched its 14-0 run into the second half, scoring the first 10 points of the third quarter to build a 30-point lead at 43-13, as the VR defense forced 22 turnovers on the night. On the flipside, the Lady Cats committed just three first-half turnovers and finished with 12 for the game, though the bulk of the second-half turnovers came late in the game when Bailey had his younger players on the floor.
Senior forward Britney Wright led all scorers with 20 points in the win to go along with five rebounds, while Angerika Colbert posted 11 points, Mel Daniel had eight points and eight rebounds and Raushanah El-Amin added seven points. Kennedy Robinson led Woodland (3-7, 2-4) with 10 points.
The Lady Cats have a quick turnaround for tonight’s 6 p.m. contest at Heard County, a team that reached the Class AA state quarterfinals last season.
“That’s going to be a tough one. Heard County, I’ve been getting a little scouting report and I’ve got to go find some film to see how we’re going to attack. But it should be a real good one,” Bailey said.