NE Regional: Woodland girls advance
by Mark Edwards
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Feb 18, 2013 | 4769 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodland's Leah Strain gains control of a loose ball after making a steal against North Sand Mountain in the opening game of the AHSAA Northeast Regional Tournament at Pete Mathews Coliseum on the campus of Jacksonville State University this morning. Woodland advanced to play in the final on Thursday. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Woodland's Leah Strain gains control of a loose ball after making a steal against North Sand Mountain in the opening game of the AHSAA Northeast Regional Tournament at Pete Mathews Coliseum on the campus of Jacksonville State University this morning. Woodland advanced to play in the final on Thursday. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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JACKSONVILLE -- Junior guard Leah Strain had a bit of nerves before Woodland High's Northeast Regional girls basketball semifinal this morning.

"I threw up, if that tells you anything," the 5-foot-4 all-state player said with a smile.

As it turned out, maybe she didn't need to be so nervous. Top-ranked Woodland put together a clean performance in a 63-53 win over No. 3 North Sand Mountain. Strain led the way with 29 points as she had her teammates combined for only one turnover.

"We put five guards on the floor," said Strain's father and coach, Woodland's Larry Strain. "The key to our success is handling the basketball."

Shalyn Strain, Leah's cousin, aded 13 points, and Jaide Walker had 10. Hannah Vest's 19 points led North Sand Mountain (29-4).

Woodland (31-2) will play in the regional final Thursday at 3 p.m. against either Sand Rock or Lanett.

Sports Editor Mark Edwards: 256-235-3575. On Twitter @MarkSportsStar.
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