HAMILTON – Wilmington overcame two double-digit deficits to beat Hamilton Ross 60-55 Tuesday.
The Hurricane trailed 48-38 in the final seconds of the third quarter before going on a 13-2 run to take a 51-50 lead midway through the final period.
Mya Jackson, who led all scorers with 23 points, keyed the run with three free throws, a steal she took the distance, another bucket and another steal she fed to Suzannah Johns for two more. Katlyn Jamiel converted a pair of free throws and then a Leah Frisco put back completed the comeback.
“You get a couple of buckets and the other team starts thinking ‘uh-oh,’” Wilmington head coach Mark Short said. “Once we get going, our energy picks up. I thought when we cut it to four they started getting a little worried.”
The Hurricane (5-5) would go on to score seven more for a 57-50 lead with 1:34 left in the game. Jackson converted an old-fashioned three-point play. Jamiel, who joined Jackson in double-figures with 15 points, hit a free throw and then found Sarah Quallen in the post for a bucket.
Kelsey Warman’s three with :24.4 left pulled the Rams to within 58-55. But a pair of Jackson free throws sealed the victory.
“Our half-court trap. We went to a 1-2-2 in the fourth quarter. That really gave them fits,” Short said. “Once we got the lead, even though we turned it over a couple times and forced a couple shots, that’s the best we’ve run our delay game.”
Wilmington also found itself in a double-digit hole late in the first half. It trailed 26-16 and clawed back to cut the Rams’ advantage to 34-33 with 3:44 left in the third quarter.
The Rams (4-5) responded with a run-out and steal for easy layups plus a long two by Ashley Parrett for a 40-33 lead. Jackson slowed the run with a bucket, but Parrett sandwiched a three and a deuce around a Laruen Haynes free throw to give Ross its largest lead of the game, 46-35.
Katie Brehm led the Rams with 12 points.
Dec 22, 2015
@Ross High School
Wilmington 60 Ross 55
(60) WILMINGTON (fg-ft-tp) Jackson 8-6-23, S. Johns 3-0-7, Jamiel 4-7-15, Stewart 2-2-6, Frisco 2-1-5, J. Johns 0-0-0, Quallen 2-0-4, Fryman 0-0-0, Edingfield 0-0-0, Total 21-16-60. 3-point goals: 2 (Jackson, S. Johns). FTM-FTA 16-26, 62 percent.
(55) ROSS (fg-ft-tp) Brehm 5-2-12, Parrett 4-0-9, Haynes 3-3-9, Warman 2-2-7, Becker 2-0-4, Shields 1-3-5, Gaston 1-0-2, Adams 0-0-0, Rogers 3-0-7, Total 21-10-55. 3-point goals: 3 (Rogers, Parrett, Warman). FTM-FTA 10-24, 42 percent.
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