WILMINGTON – Wilmington High School’s girls basketball team defeated Hillsboro in South Central Ohio League action Monday night 59-40 at Fred Summers Court.
With the win, Wilmington evens its overall record at 10-10 overall and 7-7 in SCOL play. Hillsboro is 3-18 in all games and 1-12 in the SCOL.
Wilmington held a 23-20 halftime lead and ran off the first 10 points to start the third quarter. They eventually claimed the third quarter by a 27-9 margin, extending the lead to 50-29.
“Give Wilmington credit, they made the necessary adjustments at halftime and we could not respond,” said Lady Indians coach JR Moberly. “I was pleased, however, that we kept fighting and really battled in that fourth quarter. Overall I felt we played well in two quarters of the game — unfortunately for us they (Wilmington) jumped out to the big lead at the start (13-3) and the third period really hurt us.”
WHS Mark Short talked to his squad at halftime about renewed energy in the third.
“I challenged our kids at halftime,” Short said. “We knew that Hillsboro had just played Greenfield very tough on Saturday and they came back on us in that second quarter. My girls really came out energized and the first five minutes of the second half we really played well on both ends of the floor.”
Wilmington had great balance in the scoring column, with eight players in the book. Freshman Mya Jackson paced the Lady ’Cane attack with 18 points, 10 in the first half.
Faith Sanderson followed with 17 points. Her biggest quarters offensively were seven in the opening period and eight more in the third. Kate Jamiel just missed double figures with nine points, all coming in the third quarter.
For Hillsboro, Madison Snyder was the top scorer with 15 points, followed by Madi Marsh with 12.
Short said containing Snyder, holding her 10 points below her regular season average, was a key factor for his squad to come out on top.
“She (Snyder) is such a good player and I felt Suzannah Johns did a real good job on her defensively, until she picked up some fouls which limited her playing time in the second half,” said Short.
Hillsboro committed 28 turnovers, including 16 in the second half. Wilmington turned it over 16 times, nine in the second half.
From the free throw line, Hillsboro converted 11 of 14 attempts, while Wilmington went 12 of 16.
Next action for Wilmington will be at Clinton-Massie on Thursday while the Lady Indians will host Washington CH on Wednesday for Senior Night.
Feb 1, 2016
@Fred Summers Court
Wilmington 59 Hillsboro 40
(40) HILLSBORO (2fg-3fg-ft-tp) Jamieson 1-0-2-4, Sullivan 1-0-0-2, Snyder 6-0-3-15, Grover 0-1-2-5, Marsh 1-2-4-12, Chaney 1-0-0-2. Team Totals: 10-3-11-40.
(59) WILMINGTON (2fg-3fg-ft-tp) Jackson 7-0-4-18, S. Johns 1-0-0-2, Sanderson 6-0-5-17, Jamiel 2-1-2-9, Stewart 1-0-1-3, Frisco 2-0-0-4, Quallen 2-0-0-4, J. Johns 1-0-0-2. Team: 22-1-12-59.
Bill Liermann covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @learjet.