Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Liz Wood doing it all for Liberty High

Photo courtesy of Susan Spencer
We have our hands full just trying to keep track of Virginia's college teams, so we're not able to devote much space to the state's outstanding high school performers. But it's not every day someone cranks out a quadruple-double the way Liberty High star Liz Wood did recently when she produced 19 points, 14 rebounds, 12 steals and 10 assists in an 82-26 victory over Fauquier.

The performance made Wood, a 5-11 senior guard who will play for the University of Maine next fall, something of a media celebrity as several newspaper, online and television outlets heralded the feat.

"The coolest part...was appearing on," Wood said via e-mail. "They put up clips of me on their weekly high school update. I felt like I was famous! It was also great to get a district win against our crosstown rivals."

 (Click here to see the clip)

The attention clearly hasn't gone to Wood's head, though. On Tuesday, Wood became the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in school history after her 28-point, 7-rebound effort in her team's 52-32 victory over Warren County. The previous record-holder is Jazmon Gwathmey, who is currently redshirting her freshman year at James Madison.

The Eagles (19-1) have gone 8-0 since Wood's quadruple-double and have won 19 straight since a season-opening loss to Courtland. With Wood and junior center Liz Croushorn leading the way, Liberty appears poised to launch a serious defense of its 2010-11 Division 4 state title.

"Liz has truly stepped into the role we needed her to this year," Liberty coach Lauren Milburn said. "Last year when we won the state championship, we had several experienced players and scorers, including Liz. This year, we knew it would be different as some of our other players would need to gain more confidence. We knew the ball would be in Liz's hands, and as anyone can see by her numbers, she is performing just as needed. She is so versatile on the court and does a little bit of everything to help make us successful."

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