CHILLICOTHE – Unable to find the range at the free throw line, the Wilmington girls basketball team came up short at Chillicothe Saturday evening 50-41 in South Central Ohio League action at the CHS gym.
The Lady Hurricane falls to 9-10 overall and 6-7 in the league. The Lady Cavaliers are 14-7, 8-5.
Osh Brown of CHS led all players with 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Mya Jackson had 15 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists. Suzannah Johns scored 10 points. Faith Sanderson had seven points but grabbed five rebounds, came up with five steals and dished out three assists.
When approached after the game, WHS head coach Mark Short uttered two words.
“Free throws,” he said.
Wilmington was 4-14 at the line.
“That was the difference in the game,” he said. “We were 4-for-14 and still tied with 2-something to go in the game. If you hit your free throws, you’re ahead and they have to chase you. People don’t realize what a difference that makes if you’re ahead and not behind.”
The game had a fast pace through the first half, with both teams willing to get up and down the floor. That led to some sloppy play, though. WHS had 14 turnovers and CHS committed 11 in the first two periods.
Suzannah Johns had good start for Wilmington with six points. Though she did not score early, Faith Sanderson made an impact – four rebounds, three steals and two assists in the opening half.
WHS guards Jackson, Sanderson and Suzannah Johns spearheaded a defense that forced Chillicothe into 24 turnovers.
The Lady Hurricane was outrebounded 38-28. Chillicothe had 13 offensive rebounds and, more importantly, “They got the important ones, too,”Short lamented.
Shawnee Smith hit a three in the third to put CHS up 30-21 and Wilmington seemed out of it. Sanderson had a basket and assist to Leah Frisco, then Jackson had five points late and WHS rallied to within 32-30.
As the fourth unfolded the teams traded points and were tied at 39-39 with 2:59 to play. Brown converted an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Cavs the lead for good with 2:19 to play.
In the reserve game, Wilmington played with Chillicothe much of the game but the Lady Cavaliers pulled away late for a 36-25 win. Heather Fryman led Wilmington with eight points.
Jan 30, 2016
@Chillicothe High School
Chillicothe 50 Wilmington 41
(41) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Jackson 7-0-1-15 S. Johns 4-0-2-10 Sanderson 3-1-0-7 Jamiel 0-0-1-1 Stewart 0-0-0-0 J. Johns 0-0-0-0 Quallen 1-0-0-2 Frisco 3-0-0-6. TOTALS 18-1-4-41.
(50) CHILLICOTHE (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Cousins 1-0-0-2 Shawnee Smith 4-1-2-11 Shawntel Smith 2-0-0-4 Brown 8-0-3-19 Jordan 3-1-2-9 May 2-1-0-5 Putnam 0-0-0-0 Corbin 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 20-3-7-50.
FIELD GOALS: W 18-47 (Jackson 7-16 S. Johns 4-9 Frisco 3-7); C 20-51 (Brown 8-15)
3 PT FIELD GOALS: W 1-6; C 3-13
FREE THROWS: W 4-14 (S. Johns 2-4); C 7-11 (Brown 3-5)
REBOUNDS: W-28 (Jackson 6 Sanderson 5 Frisco 4 S. Johns 3 J. Johns 2 Stewart 2); C-38 (Brown 16 Shawnee Smith 6)
ASSISTS: W-8 (Jackson 3 Sanderson 3); C-11 (Shawnee Smith 5)
STEALS: W-12 (Jackson 5 Sanderson 5 S. Johns 2); C-11 (Brown 4 Shawnee Smith 3)
BLOCKED SHOTS: W-2 (Stewart 2); C-4
TURNOVERS: W-22; C-24
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