WILMINGTON — Hanna Reisinger buried a wing three with just over 35 seconds left and Tanner Bryant hit two clutch free throws as No. 15 Miami Trace held off a pesky Wilmington bunch, 50-48, in girls South Central Ohio League action Wednesday night at Fred Summers Court.
Trace, the frontrunner in the SCOL, is now 15-2 overall and 10-1 in the league. Wilmington slips to 7-8 overall, 4-6 in the SCOL.
The visiting Panthers had to overcome a highlight performance from Wilmington’s Mya Jackson as the freshman point guard tried to single-handily pull out a win. Jackson scored 16 of her game-high 27 points in the second half, twice knotting the score in the final 1:30 with driving buckets.
After a Jackson layin tied it at 45, Miami Trace got good ball movement and found an open Reisinger for the go-ahead trey. Wilmington had two looks at game-tying threes in the final seconds, missing both before Bryant’s two free throws iced the win for Miami Trace. Bryant finished the night with a team-high 16 points off the bench.
“We’ve been putting together a great effort every night,” Wilmington head coach Mark Short said. “We lost a close one on Saturday to Greenfield, the second place team in the league. And Miami Trace is a team that I think will be in the top 10 when the polls come out (Tuesday), and we were right there. The kids fought back, and we are really playing well. I’m happy with our effort, we just have to learn how to win.”
Things started slowly for Wilmington as the home team fell behind quickly 9-0, before Jackson finally broke the ice with a bucket over halfway through the opening quarter. While the Lady Hurricane came out slow, MT was hot, hitting on 7-of-9 from the field in the opening quarter as the visitors led 18-4 late in the frame.
However, behind the scoring of Jackson and sophomore Leah Frisco, who came off the bench to score all nine of her points in the first half, Wilmington was able to claw back to within a 29-25 margin at the break.
“Sometimes kids that have a lot of talent, still have to learn the game, and Mya is doing a better and better job of understanding the game,” Short said.
Jackson finished the night with 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting, and also added eight rebounds. She was 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. Katlyn Jamiel chipped in with seven points, and Frisco grabbed four boards to go with her nine points.
On Miami Trace’s side, sophomore Victoria Fliehman joined classmate Bryant in double figures with 14 points. Reisinger finished with eight points and Lexi Schwartz scored seven.
Wilmington will get back to action on Saturday night against East Clinton.
“We are coming off two emotional losses to two of the top teams in the league,” Short said. “East Clinton has struggled because of injuries, but they still scare me. We have to be ready to go.”
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