Coolidge won a crucial boys/girls Interhigh League basketball doubleheader from H.D. Woodson yesterday.

Corine Carson had to take over down the stretch to keep the eighth-ranked Colts girls from losing a big lead against ninth-ranked H.D. Woodson, before winning, 63-53. And Donald Hodge led a second-half rally as the third-ranked Coolidge boys overcame a 13-point deficit to win, 69-67.

With the Colts boys (22-2) trailing, 38-27, at halftime, Hodge (37 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, five assists) dominated both ends of the court to lead his team's rally. His 20 first-half points had kept the Colts within range.

"We just started using our half-court defense and pressing altogether," said Hodge. "After we had our pep talk {at halftime}, we just came back out and went for it. All the games are like this in the Interhigh, but we'll keep playing hard because we want to win the championship."

The Warriors (8-10) did regroup to make it a thrilling finish.

After the Colts' Charles Hatcher (11 points) broke away for a two-handed slam to put Coolidge up, 65-58, with 2:07 remaining, Hatcher made one of two free throws and Rodney Hounshell connected from three-point range to make it 68-66 wtih 45 seconds remaining.

With 34 seconds left, Hatcher could have wrapped up the game, but he missed a pair of free throws. Eight seconds later, Henderson Mosley could have tied it but he only made one of two free throws.

In the girls game, Coolidge (21-2) came up with an 11-0 run with barely three minutes gone and it appeared the Colts would have an easy time with their longtime nemesis. But Woodson (17-4, 13-3), which took a big lead in the team's first meeting, only to lose, didn't lose confidence.

Carson (18 points) had been quiet during the third period, scoring only two points from the free throw line. But after Woodson had moved to within 52-46 on a steal and subsequent layup by Valerie Wages (14 points) with three minutes remaining, Carson took control. She scored successive end-to-end baskets to push the lead to 56-46 with fewer than two minutes left.

Donna Smith added 15 points, mostly on soft outside jump shots, for Coolidge.

"We had to slow the pace down so we could catch our breath because we were losing control," said Carson. "We tried our best to get on top early because we knew that they had the ability to come back and catch us."

Inexperience has been costly for the Warriors this season in tough losses to Coolidge and Wilson, but in the second half yesterday, Woodson began playing like the Woodson of the past: blocking shots, boxing out and executing on offense, partly because of the play of Wages, Willina Robson (16 points) and Renee Watson (12 points).