Prime time performance

Woody scores 47, hits nine threes
By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Justin Woody picked a great night to play the best basketball game of his life. On senior night against Ponderosa on Feb. 8, his last home game at Folsom High, Woody scored 47 points in a 69-65 victory, Folsom’s second league victory of the season and first at home. His 47 points are the most scored by a Folsom High player since 2000 and very well might be a school record dating back to the opening of the school in 1922; although confirming it is not an exact science as such records haven’t been kept. “It was an amazing performance, especially when you look how he did it,” Folsom coach Mike Wall said. “I’m estimating he did it by taking about 23 shots. Just watching him you got the feeling that this guy wasn’t going to miss. And it’s not like we were blowing Ponderosa out and just keeping him in the game. It was a game where we needed all 47 of those points. In fact, he hit two free throws with about six seconds left to seal the victory.” Woody said he didn’t have any idea of how many points he had during the game, but knew he was shooting well. “After I hit my first two threes, I was ready to take more shots,” Woody said. “Every shot felt good and the rim felt twice as big as it is. I wasn’t trying to go out and score that many points; I was just trying to win a game. My teammates just did a good job of finding me.” Woody, who averages 14 points per game, might have set two school records in the game. He made nine three-pointers, which accounted for 27 of his points. He also made eight two-point shots and four free throws. He scored 14 points in the first quarter, eight in the second, 14 in the third and 11 in the fourth. “It was quite a spectacular undertaking,” Wall said. “Just the way he shot threes: he had some spot up shots and others where he had to catch and make a move. He made other shots driving to the basket. He didn’t get any easy shots like coming off offensive rebounds or scoring on uncontested layups. He earned them.” Folsom point guard Anthony Lee was also impressed. “It was unreal, unbelievable,” Lee said. “He scored all those points in the flow of the game. After he hit a few shots we knew he was hot so we were calling out plays for him and setting screens for him. It was good to be on his side.” Woody said it was the best game he’s ever played. “I’ve had games where I shot well before, but I’ve never scored 47 points,” Woody said. “It definitely felt good to do it on senior night in front of my family and friends.” Considering the Bulldogs have scored 1,444 points in 26 games this season, an average of 55 points per game, Woody’s 47 points is even more impressive. By the Numbers Points: 47 3-pointers: 9 2-pointers: 8 Free throws: 4 Points by quarter: First - 14, Second - 8, Third - 14, Fourth – 11