Lady Timberwolves shut down Chico in playoff road game

Jennifer Judge scores 38 points in NorCal victory
By: Staff Report
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It was a rematch with similar results Tuesday night as the Woodcreek High girls basketball team won in Chico. For the third time in two seasons, the Timberwolves, seeded No. 11 in the NorCal bracket, knocked off No. 6 Chico, but this time the 59-54 victory ended the Panthers season and sent Woodcreek to the second round of the CIF State Championships NorCal playoffs. The Timberwolves were down one at the half, but got it going at the defensive end in the second half to pull away. They had to survive a couple of late Chico 3-pointers, but hit 11-of-11 free throws in the final stanza to lock this contest up. The free throw line was a deciding factor all night long as Woodcreek drained 16-of-19 in the game, paced by an 11-for-11 night by senior forward Jennifer Judge. The defensive effort was impressive, as Judge had six steals, Cara Jones had five steals and Maya Cabiness had six as well. Cabiness was particularly strong after intermission as she applied heavy full court pressure that kept the Panthers from getting into their offense. With point guard Theresa Barrow sidelined due to a sprained ankle, Cabiness carried an extra burden for Woodcreek. Judge saved her best for last, with 14 points in the fourth, but she was sensational all night long, hitting five treys and going for 38 points in the contest. Woodcreek (22-9) moves on to the NorCal quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Presentation High in San Jose. The Panthers (18-11) had a first-round bye due to their No. 3 seed in the tournament.