WILMINGTON — Jasmine Jamiel had 23 points and Wilmington shrugged off a slow start Monday in an 80-46 win over Batavia in the SBAAC American Division opener at Fred Summers Court.
“With this group we’re still trying to figure out how to start strong,” WHS coach Zach Williams said.
Wilmington trailed early 7-0. Struggles at the offensive end, led to struggles at the defensive end.
“Batavia runs its stuff well and we didn’t execute defensively like we needed to,” said Williams. “We’re still trying to find that consistency.”
Williams also said being mentally involved at both ends is a key. When shots aren’t falling, the defensive focus needs to remain steady. Once that happened, Wilmington pulled away.
The Lady Hurricane is 1-1 on the year while Batavia is 0-2.
Aside from being the leading scorer, Jamiel had four rebounds, eight assists and five steals. In all, WHS had 17 assists on 28 made baskets.
Karlie Morgan had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sami McCord came off the bench with seven points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and the lone WHS blocked shot. Caroline Diels led the bench in scoring with eight. Sophie Huffman had four steals and three assists. Maura Drake grabbed seven rebounds.
Once the baskets started going in for Wilmington, the press started taking its toll on the Bulldogs. Wilmington tied the game at 7-7 on a Morgan three-point bank shot. McCord scored four straight points as WHS took a 12-8 lead. Drake’s stickback made it 15-10 and Jamiel closed the quarter with a runner in the waning seconds for a 17-10 WHS lead.
Free throws that weren’t falling in the first quarter for WHS started to drop in the second. The Hurricane made just 4 of 11 from the line in the first then connected on 9 of 12 in the second. A scrappy offensive rebound by McCord off a missed free throw led to a Morgan assist to Diels and Wilmington’s biggest lead of the game, 32-21.
“Positive vibes go a long way with us right now,” said Williams.
The lead grew as Huffman found Morgan alone on the wing for a three, 35-22. Then Diels and Jamiel scored in transition as the pace quickened. WHS led 41-25 at the half.
The difference went to 20 early in the third. Jamiel connected on a pair of three-pointers late in the period and Wilmington led 62-36 after three. Jamiel added five more in the fourth and Diels tossed in four late as WHS cruised to the 34-point win.
Nov 25, 2019
@Fred Summers Court
Wilmington 80 Batavia 46
(46) BATAVIA (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Myers 3-1-2-9 Stith 1-0-2-4 Mehlman 1-0-1-3 Patel 4-1-1-10 Williams 4-0-6-14 Marcelli 1-0-0-2 Demmings 1-0-0-2 Rose 0-0-0-0 Wright 0-0-0-0 Salgado 1-0-0-2 Brookbank 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 16-2-12-46
(80) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Jamiel 7-2-7-23 Huffman 3-0-3-0 Drake 3-0-0-6 Murphy 3-0-4-10 Morgan 5-2-3-15 McCord 3-1-0-7 Moore 0-0-0-0 Robinson 1-0-0-2 Diels 3-0-2-8 Noszka 0-0-0-0 McDaniel 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 28-5-19-80
FIELD GOALS: W 28-53 (Jamiel 7-14 Morgan 5-8 McCord 3-5 Murphy 3-5 Diels 3-3); B 16-54
3 PT FIELD GOALS: W 5-16; B 2-5
FREE THROWS: W 19-34 (Jamiel 7-10 Murphy 4-5 Huffman 3-5 Diels 2-2); B 12-18
REBOUNDS: W-39 (Morgan 11 Drake 7 McCord 7 Jameil 4 Robinson 4); B-38
ASSISTS: W-17 (Jamiel 8 McCord 4 Huffman 3); B-5
STEALS: W-18 (Jamiel 5 Huffman 4 McCord 4 Morgan 2); B-7 (Patel 2 Stith 2)
BLOCKED SHOTS: W-1 (McCord); B-1
TURNOVERS: W-17; B-24