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High School Basketball:
Gloucester City Breaks Through With Late Surge Against Woodstown

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

It was another one of those classic match-ups from the Tri-County Conference Classic Division against two successful girl’s basketball teams. The much-improved Lady Wolverines from Woodstown were sitting in second place just one game ahead of Gloucester City in the standings. Gloucester City (12-6) had beaten Woodstown earlier in the season and was looking to end their four game winning streak. It wasn’t easy as the Lions overcame a 3-point deficit to win the game 46-43 in front of their home crowd.

Both of these teams have secured their position in the upcoming South Jersey Group playoffs. It has been some time now since the Lady Wolverines has made it to the postseason playoffs, but this year Woodstown (13-5) is seeded 5th in the Group II playoff bracket going up against the 12th seeded Pleasantville. Gloucester City is seeded 6th representing the Group I bracket will be taking on the 3rd seeded Riverside Lady Rams. It will be a good chance for both teams to advance pretty far this season.

Kirby Johnson has been a scoring machine this season for Woodstown and today was no difference. Johnson along with Crystal Deegan led the Wolverines to a narrow 4-point lead at halftime. In the second half, Gloucester was doing their best to try and slow down Johnson’s ability to score but mainly concentrated on their offensive game plan. The Lions were able to slow down Woodstown offense and pull away in the final quarter outscoring them by 6 points. Kelly Stafford had a team high 13 points and Ashley Boulden added 12 points for Gloucester. Kirby Johnson had a game high 23 points for Woodstown.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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