Wilmington defeated county and South Central Ohio League rrival East Clinton, 57-33, Saturday night in the WHS gym.
With the victory, Wilmington evens its record at 8-8, 5-6 in league play. East Clinton falls to 3-12 overall, 1-9 in the SCOL.
The second quarter was the difference in this contest, as WHS put up 25 points while holding the Lady Astros scoreless. As a result, the Lady Cane held a 37-10 halftime lead. East Clinton managed to claim the second half by a 23-20 margin, thanks in large part to a 14-7 fourth quarter effort.
Turnovers played a key role in the contest, as the Lady Astros turned it over 29 times, 16 in the first half. Wilmington committed 16 turnovers, but only six came in the first half. The Lady Cane capitalized on the Lady Astros’ miscues, accounting for 24 points off EC turnovers.
“We certainly needed this one,” said WHS head coach Mark Short. “Take nothing away from East Clinton because they are young but very talented.”
The win comes on the heels of a tough loss earlier in the week against Miami Trace in the final seconds.
“The girls had such an emotional roller-coaster ride. They played so hard and had Trace on the ropes but we just could not get the win,” said Short. “All their hard work seemingly gave them nothing to show for it, in terms of getting a victory. We really got things going in that second quarter, on both ends of the floor, and our defensive effort tonight was one of our best this season.”
On offense, it was all about spreading the wealth for WHS.
“ We had great ball movement tonight and I felt we spread things around,” said Short. “We were able to play several players tonight and several (seven) made it in the scorebook. Overall, it was a nice win for us.”
Both Mya Jackson and Faith Sanderson scored 18 points for the Lady ’Cane. For Jackson, 16 came in the first half, 12 in the second quarter. Sanderson had 13 points in the opening half. Kate Jamiel added eight points for WHS and Suzannah Johns chipped in with seven points.
East Clinton’s top scorer was Lacy Peterson who had 15, including eight in the opening quarter. Kaitlyn Durbin followed with 10 points, including a pair of treys. Paige Lilly came off the bench to add five points for the Lady Astros.
East Clinton travels to Greenfield Wednesday, facing the Lady Tigers of McClain in SCOL action while Wilmington goes to Bellbrook for a non-conference game tonight against the unbeaten Lady Eagles. Wilmington resumes SCOL action on Wednesday at Clinton-Massie.
Jan 16, 2016
@Wilmington HS gym
Wilmington 57 East Clinton 33
(33) EAST CLINTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Lilly 2-1-0-5, Gaddis 0-0-1-1, Cooper 1-0-0-2, Hall 1-0-0-2, Durbin 4-2-0-10, Peterman 4-1-4-13. TOTALS 12-4-5-33.
(57) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Jackson 5-2-6-18, S. Johns 3-1-0-7. Quallen 1-0-0-2, Jamiel 2-0-4-8, Sanderson 6-1-5-18, Fryman 1-0-0-2, Stewart 1-0-0-2. Team Totals 19-4-15-57.
Bill Liermann covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @learjet.