Sophomore Ashari Hankerson scored 20 points and senior Tianna Grissom added 12 as the Lady War Eagles soared past Landmark Christian for a 60-14 home victory Saturday.
Sophomore Madison Richardson finished with 10 points for Woodward, which had 20 steals at halftime en route to a 41-6 advantage.
“Our girls are really starting to buy into the defensive system that we have,” Woodward coach Kim Lawrence said. “They are starting to get it and see how much fun defense can be. Let your defense create your offense and that is what we are trying to teach our girls.”
Following a 43-16 setback to Region 6-AAA opponent St. Pius on Jan. 8, the Lady War Eagles put forth total effort on defense, applying a man-to-man, full-court press to force Landmark into a number of mistakes in the first half.
“It was a good game for us,” Lawrence said. “Definitely a good morale booster, considering what happened against St. Pius. We just tried to put that out of our minds and focus on the next game. I think they did a good job today.”
As a result of 12 steals in the first quarter, Woodward went on a 17-0 run to separate itself from Landmark for good. Grissom also had six steals and four assists. Hankerson, who scored nine points in the final period, and Alexandria Williams (six points) both finished with five steals.
“Ashari has the potential to do that,” Lawrence said. “I’m just trying to get that ‘Ashari’ to come out more and more each game. It was great to see. Hopefully, she will build off of that.”
Eight of Woodward’s nine players were also able to get on the scoreboard.
“It’s a good day when all of our players can score,” Lawrence said. “Hopefully, we will have more of those.”
This was the War Eagles’ 10th win of the season and second largest margin of victory behind a 68-2 rout of Cross Keys on Dec. 7.