Troy Flanagen scored 10 fourth-quarter points, including three big free throws late, as the host Beavers won a close battle. The result edged Woodland (11-6, 10-5) in front of Castle Rock (11-6, 9-6) for third place in the Class 1A Trico League standings.
Tanner Huddleston hit a 3-pointer with two minutes left to put Woodland on top to stay in the back and forth battle.
The teams combined to shoot 55 free throws, with the Beavers outscoring the Rockets 20-15 from the line. Woodland also had an edge from distance, scoring five 3-pointers to only one for Castle Rock.
Woodland coach Aaron Shepherd described the game as hard-fought. He noted that both teams were in the double-bonus at the foul line with about six minutes left in the game.
“You earned your points tonight,” Shepherd said.
Cale Johnson scored 21 to lead the Rockets, but Shepherd credited Flanagan with good work defending the Castle Rock top scorer.
Flanagan also finished with a team-high 18 points for the Beavers. Huddleston scored 14 points and Woodland had seven players score.
“It was a great team effort for us,” Shepherd said.
WOODLAND 55, CASTLE ROCK 48
CASTLE ROCK — Cale Johnson 21, Brock Johnson 7, Jacob Rahn 0, Ty Johnson 4, Mason Kingberg 3, Austin Elf 2, Austin Moore 7, Jesse Althauser 4. Totals 16 (1) 15-25.
WOODLAND — Tanner Huddleston 14, Logan Piper 5, Kyle Hendrix 7, Troy Flanagan 18, Harley Bean 6, Henry Warndahl 0, Ryan Sturdivan 3, Anthony Dizon 0, Jake Rosenbalm 2. Totals 15 (5) 20-30.
Castle Rock 11 7 17 13—48
Woodland 12 13 9 21—55
JV — Woodland 48-19.