Five Big Things: Woodruff Swept By Fury
The Fountain Inn Fury traveled to Woodruff for the second of two meetings this season after holding on for a two point win just a week ago. In the return game, the Fury took it to the Wolverines early on behind a stout defensive effort and strong guard play in a 72-60 win on the road. Here are my biggest takeaways from the game.
1-Fountain Inn has themselves a basketball team. This team is big and very tough defensively, and didn’t let Woodruff get anywhere on the floor easily. The Fury are long, especially at the guard position, and they made life very difficult for the Wolverines tonight trying to find good looks at the basket. Fountain Inn is going to be a tough out in 3A, and potentially a future playoff matchup for one of our Spartanburg County teams in that classification.
2-Fury big man Amaziah Jenkins was the star in this game, dominating the interior on his way to a 23 point performance. A confident rebounder and skilled around the rim, Jenkins was a matchup nightmare for Woodruff as it couldn’t defend him no matter who they threw at him. As for the Fountain Inn guards, Aaden McDowell connected on four three-pointers in a 15 point night as well as DJ Martin and Terry Cunningham had 11 each.
3-As far as seven game starts go, Woodruff’s has been as close to a roller coaster as you can get. After finishing 3rd place in the Rippy’s Tip-Off Classic at Union to start the preseason, the Wolverines snagged a one point win over Chesnee at home. They then went to Fountain Inn in the aforementioned two point loss, and followed it up with a solid comfortable win over Laurens and a loss Friday night that felt like it was never in doubt. Fountain Inn to me seemed like a tough matchup for Woodruff, who couldn’t handle the Fury’s size at all five positions.
4-Happy Lea came alive in the second half, finishing with 16 points and 12 of them coming after halftime. I think he could’ve afforded to be more aggressive early on, and clearly a point was made by head coach Bryan McConnell for him to take the reins on offense in the locker room. Nick McConnell was right behind him in scoring with 15 points and showed a sweet three-point jump shot and got to the line.
5-The Wolverines have some more non-region games coming up on the schedule against teams they have either beaten already or should be better than on paper. It will be a challenge to go to Chesnee and win on Wednesday after only taking them down by a point at home earlier this season, but if they can do it the Wolverines will be in a good position to pick up some more wins ahead of region play. As for Fountain Inn, I think they’ll be one of the best teams in the Upper State at 3A and I’m really look forward to following their growth throughout the season.