Submitted by Anita Grossman, director of development for Woodland School in Portola Valley.
Woodland School's Varsity B and Fifth Grade Basketball Teams took top honors in the 2011 Athletic League Girls Varsity Basketball Championship Tournament Games, held March 10 at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton and Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills.
Woodland's Varsity B team was matched against the undefeated St. Matthews Episcopal Day School, a team boasting a record of 17 wins and 0 losses over the last two years. Woodland took an early lead and led throughout most of the game, but with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter, the St. Matthews team tied the score at 27-27. In the last 10 seconds of play, Woodland's Morgan Corona scored a one-point free throw, winning the game with a final 28-27 score.
Woodland's Fifth Grade Girls Basketball Team faced Harker School in its third and final game of the tournament. Through a combination of relentless defense and a never-give-up attitude on offense, Woodland jumped out to a double-digit lead and never looked back, securing third place in the tournament.
Woodland, a preschool through eighth-grade private day school in Portola Valley, participates in the West Bay Athletic League and Small School Intermediate League. Jason Schneider is acting athletic coach.