Madison Richardson finished with seven points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Lady War Eagles, who had their two-game winning streak ended.
Sade Jacobs scored 20 points to lead Luella and Brianna Moore added 16.
“Luella is a good physical team,” Woodward girls’ coach Kim Lawrence said. “They executed what they needed to do but we didn’t execute what we needed to do. That was the difference.”
Even though Woodward had some defensive breakdowns here and there, the Lady Eagles biggest issue was missed shots. Grissom, the team’s leading scorer, made just 5-of-25 attempts from the field.
Then Richardson went 1-of-10 from the floor and Williams shot just 4-of-12.
“Whenever I can get all three of them to have a great game on the same day, we will be unstoppable,” Lawrence said. “They all play good defensively but offensively it’s either Tianna or Alexandria or Madison.”
After entering the locker room down 12 points, the Lady Eagles produced their second best run of the game in the final minutes of the third quarter. Grissom, who scored 11 points in the frame, highlighted an 11-0 run with two buckets and a 3-pointer, pulling Woodward within 40-38.
With 7:03 left in the game, Grissom converted a layup to pull the Lady War Eagles even for the first time since the first quarter at 42. Grissom was also fouled on the shot but she missed the free throw and the momentum shifted.
A basket by Moore triggered an 8-1 spurt for the Lady Lions, while Woodward fell victim to another cold streak of shooting.
“Basketball is a game of runs,” Lawrence said. “Unfortunately, their run lasted a bit longer than ours. We had a few great defensive possessions but our offense couldn’t put the ball in the basket. That is pretty deflating for anybody when you work that hard on defense and can’t get shots to fall.”
In the first quarter, the Lady War Eagles fell behind 8-0 before closing the frame on a 17-9 run to tie things at 17. But the Lady Lions outscored Woodward 14-4 in the second quarter.
This Saturday, the Lady War Eagles are scheduled to host Whitewater.