NE Regional: Woodland heads back to Birmingham
by Brandon Miller
Feb 21, 2013 | 3890 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JACKSONVILLE — Leah Strain scored 26 points and Shanna Strain added 20 to lead Woodland High past Lanett 69-43 in the Class 2A Northeast Regional girls finals.

Playing at Jacksonville State, Woodland used a 22-4 run in the second quarter to blow the game open, taking a 38-18 lead into halftime after starting the night slowly from the field. The Lady Bobcats’ defense was also sound, creating 23 Lanett turnovers and scoring 27 points from them in the game.

The Lady Bobcats continued their hot shooting in the second half, never giving Lanett a chance to get back in the game. The Panthers' leading scorer was Dija Billingslea, who finished with 11 points.

The win puts Woodland to the Final Four next week in Birmingham for the second time in three years. The 2011 trip ended with a loss to Tanner in the state championship game 71-53. The Lady Bobcats will play at 9 a.m. Tuesday against the winner of Elba and Providence Christian.

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star

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