The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 21, 2010

Woodrow thwarts Riverside at foul line

There’s no mistaking the importance of hitting free throws, especially late in a tight game.

Woodrow Wilson did just that, nailing 8 of 8 in the final 42 seconds as the Flying Eagles held on and came away with a 69-60 victory over Riverside in a Mountain State Athletic Conference contest played at Park Middle School Saturday afternoon.

Woodrow improved to 7-10 on the season, 6-5 in the MSAC.

Sophomores Cameron Shannon and Larry Terry paced Woodrow with 21 points each.

Shannon netted 12 of his points in the first half with Terry contributing 16 in the second half.

Both stepped up big down the stretch.

Three of Terry’s field goals were direct responses to Riverside buckets as the Warriors attempted a late rally in the fourth quarter.

Terry went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the fourth while Shannon hit 3-of-4 in the final period.

“Larry had a good game,” coach Ron Kidd. “He can score. But we need to get him thinking more defensively. I think he’ll be a tremendous player for Woodrow.

“Cameron comes to play every game,” Kidd added. “When he plays well on offense and defense, we usually play well as a team. I thought he stepped up. His has a strong will to win. That’s the type of kid that he is.”

Riverside is just 1-18 overall, 1-14 in the MSAC, under first year coach David Starr, a former Matewan all-stater and WVIAC star at the University of Charleston.

The Warriors have lost 11 in a row.

“Riverside had everything to gain and nothing to lose,” Kidd said. “That’s how they played. David is a young coach. Give them some time and he’s going to turn that program around.

“Riverside came to play,” Kidd added. “Give them credit for even wanting to come here and play us. They played four games this week: They went to Lincoln County on Monday, Spring Valley on Wednesday — both of those are long trips. They went to Capital on Thursday, then they came here on Saturday. Not many teams want to do that.

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