Posted On: 11/18/19 11:35 PM

The defending TSSAA Class AA state champion Wooddale had its hands full Monday night in the third quarter against a Hillcrest team that was looking for a signature win to open up the 2019 season.

After a technical foul against the Vikings, with the game in reach at 47-43, the Cardinals went on a 14-0 run to take a comfortable 61-43 lead at the top of the fourth quarter. Wooddale outscored Hillcrest 60-32 in the second half to win the game 89-56. Junior guard Jalen Brown was one of the big highlights in the second half, knocking down three-consecutive shots from 3-point range.

Senior guards Johnathan Duncan and Kevin Brown and junior guard/forward Johnathan Lawson made free throws down the stretch to seal the game. Lawson finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Kevin Brown added 13 points, four assists and four steals. Duncan finished with 10 points, four assists and four rebounds.

From start to finish, I paid attention to how Wooddale played against the Vikings. Here are four things I learned from the Cardinals’ win:

Wooddale’s second unit needs to step up

Hillcrest got back into the game

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