LEBANON – Wilmington rallied from a 14-point second half deficit but couldn’t finish as Chaminade-Julienne held on for a 56-50 win in the Div. II sectional tournament opener at Lebanon High School.
Wilmington finishes its season at 11-12. CJ advances with a 10-13 record to play either Valley View or Thurgood Marshall on Tuesday.
“I feel bad for the kids,” WHS coach Mark Short said. “They’ve worked really hard. The regular season is for me. The tournament is for them. We had some goals for the tournament.”
Short said the Lady Hurricane’s victory earlier this year over the Lady Eagles was something his squad would have to remember. He knew CJ wouldn’t forget.
“Sometimes young kids don’t understand teams being on a mission,” Short said. “They (CJ) were on a mission. To them, this was their tournament because they didn’t think we should have beaten them earlier this year.”
WHS defeated CJ 48-45 Nov. 30 at Fred Summers Court.
Mya Jackson, WHS freshman, finished with 20 points. Faith Sanderson had 12 points.
CJ dominated the offensive glass, pulling in 11 offensive rebounds in the first half. Wilmington had 13 total rebounds in the first half. The trend continued the entire game.
“It’s been our … whatever you want to call it, but it’s hurt us all year,” Short said. “Free throws and boxing out. We spent every day this week, 20 minutes, on it (boxing out) but you couldn’t tell it by today.”
CJ held a 41-27 rebounding edge and grabbed 23 offensive rebounds. Dallas Jones had 12 offensive rebounds to lead CJ.
Annie Weckesser had 17 for CJ and hit a couple of three-pointers early to get the Lady Eagles off and soaring. Wilmington had 11 turnovers in the first half and never found its stride offensively.
And when Kelsey Jones drilled a three-pointer late in the third, CJ had its biggest lead 42-28.
But Wilmington went on an 11-1 run, fueled by Jackson and Sanderson. Jackson tossed a runner high off the glass to get WHS with 43-39 with 5:59 to play in the fourth.
The teams traded baskets – not good for a Hurricane comeback – for several minutes. It was still a three-point game, 53-50, with 2:09 to go.
Leah Frisco had a steal but WHS couldn’t convert. CJ missed a bunny shot but WHS turned it over. Two missed opportunities doomed the Hurricane.
“We fought back as usual,” Short said.
Feb 13, 2016
@Lebanon High School
Div. II Sectional
(56) CHAMINADE-JULIENNE (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Mills 2-0-4-8 Peltier 4-0-5-13 K. Jones 2-1-0-5 Weckesser 6-3-2-17 D. Jones 5-0-1-11 Fuchs 0-0-2-2 Bayer 0-0-0-0 Bailey 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 19-4-14-56
(50) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Jackson 7-1-5-20 S. Johns 2-0-0-4 Sanderson 3-2-4-12 Stewart 1-0-0-2 Jamiel 1-0-2-4 Frisco 1-0-0-2 Quallen 3-0-0-6 J. Johns 0-0-0-0 Edingfield 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 18-3-11-50
FIELD GOALS: CJ 19-60 (Weckesser 6-17 D. Jones 5-9 Peltier 4-12); W 18-43 (Jackson 7-17 Quallen 3-4 Sanderson 3-8)
3 PT FIELD GOALS: CJ 4-13 (Weckesser 3-6); W 3-10 (Sanderson 2-6)
FREE THROWS: CJ 14-23 (Peltier 5-8 Mills 4-6); W 11-15 (Sanderson 4-4 Jamiel 2-2 Jackson 5-9)
REBOUNDS: CJ-41 (D. Jones 13 Peltier 10 K. Jones 7); W-27 (Frisco 7 Quallen 6 Sanderson 6 Jackson 4)
ASSISTS: CJ-6 (K. Jones 2 Mills 2); W-14 (Jackson 5 Sanderson 4 Jamiel 3)
STEALS: CJ-9 (D. Jones 3 Peltier 3); W-6 (Jamiel 2)
BLOCKED SHOTS: CJ-1 (K. Jones 1); W-0
TURNOVERS: CJ-13; W-13
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