For the first eight minutes it looked like it could be a game.
It looked like maybe, just maybe, Woodland had a shot at its first region win. And then it didn't.
The hopes of the visiting Wolverines were quickly dashed Friday on Daniel Island as Bishop England heated up and ran away with a 60-37 win to stay just a game off of first place in Region VI.
B.J. Grevey led all scorers with 19 points and five rebounds for Bishop England. Robert Butler added 11 points and Taylor Howell nine.
The Wolverines spent the night trying to solve the Bishops' 2-2-1 half-court press. Bishop England (9-7, 5-1) limited Woodland to just 31 percent shooting from the field and racked up 20 steals on the night, including five from Reed Fosberry, and four each from Grevey and Howell.
“Defense won the game for us,” Bishop England head coach Bryan Grevey said. “Any time you hold a team to less than 40 points, you're giving yourself a great chance to win. We had active hands, were going after steals, converting on the other end and it broke the game open.”
Woodland (1-12, 0-6) held a one-point lead after the first quarter but Bishop England found its stroke with a 13-2 run to start the second. Grevey knocked down four threes in the first half, Howell added two to help Bishop England to a 34-19 halftime advantage.
Bishop England outscored the Wolverines 43-14 through the second and third quarter, including a 10-2 run to close the first half and a 13-1 run to start the second. The Bishops were credited with assists on 18 of their 23 made field goals.
“We had a really good inside-out game tonight,” Coach Grevey said. “Our guards were penetrating well. If they got to the rim we stressed for them to take it, but if they closed it off, kick it off to the wings. We forced them to pick their poison in guarding us.”
Leron Carn finished with 13 points to lead Woodland. No other Wolverine scored in double figures.
Lady Bishops lockdown Wolverines
Bishop England's defense was dominant again Friday in an 88-20 home win over Woodland.
The Bishops limited the Wolverines to just 20 percent shooting on the night while racking up 32 steals. Mary Harriet Moore picked off seven herself, Michele Boykin added six and Rhetta Moore five.
Moore and Boykin each scored 14 in the first half while Bishop England (14-1, 6-0) stretched out a 41-11 lead, allowing Woodland four made field goals.
Bishop England opened the second half on a 16-4 run to set up its reserves who maintained the defensive intensity to extend the lead. The Bishops bench played the entire fourth quarter and held the Wolverines to one field goal, outscoring them 21-3.
Derricka Millinghaus led Woodland with 10 points. Fourteen Lady Bishops scored at least two points Friday, seven with five or more. Erin Rose turned in 10, Maddie Tucker seven, Anna Penninger and Rhetta Moore each finished with five.