WILMINGTON — Not allowing a point over the final 6:42 Thursday night, the Wilmington girls basketball team pulled away to defeat Western Brown 48-31 at Fred Summers Court.
Wilmington (3-3 overall, 3-0 SBC American) smothered Western Brown with its defense. The Hurricane forced 31 Bronco turnovers.
“We did a very good job being on the gameplan,” WHS head coach Zach Williams said. “I still don’t think we’re shooting well from the field, but we got a lot more stuff in transition thanks to those turnovers. The girls played solid, all-around.”
Western Brown (3-4, 2-1) pulled within six after scoring the first two field goals of the fourth quarter. While the Hurricane didn’t have a field goal in the final quarter, Wilmington sealed the game at the line making 11 of 14 free throws over the final 6:42.
It was an 11-0 Wilmington run to end the game, thanks to outstanding Wilmington defense.
“I think (Western Brown) got a little fatigued,” Williams said. “Their shots were a little more rushed in those situations. I’m very pleased with our effort, being able to take care of business.”
Baylee Jones, Western Brown’s leading scorer, was held to just five points on 2 of 11 shooting. She came into Thursday’s game averaging 16.2 points per game.
“(Jones) is a really good player,” Williams said. “Sami McCord did a really good job on her. Everyone else did their responsibilities off her, being in the gaps and being ready to wall-up and help.”
Emma Sams, the Broncos’ second-leading scorer (10.2 ppg) was held to just two points on 1 of 7 shooting. Williams credited Karlie Morgan for limiting Sims’ output.
Jasmine Jamiel led Wilmington with 13 points, four rebounds and four steals. McCord had 10 points, four rebounds and three steals. Freshman Sophie Huffman filled the stat sheet with nine points, eight rebounds, seven steals and three assists.
Wilmington’s challenging non-conference schedule resumes Saturday afternoon when last season’s Division III state runners-up, Waynesville, comes to Fred Summers Court. While they lost some key players to graduation, Williams knows they’ll be another tough test for his Hurricane.
“They’re very tough and solid in what they do,” Williams said. “They’ve got a winning tradition there. Those girls will be ready to go to come in here and play us. It’s going to be a good one.”
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
At Wilmington Middle School, Fred Summers Court
Wilmington 48, Western Brown 31
(31) WESTERN BROWN (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Madison Flischel 1-0-0-2, Megan West 2-0-0-4, Aaliyah Akers 1-0-0-2, Baylee Jones 2-1-0-5, Emma Sams 1-0-0-2, Becky Roblero-Solis 4-3-0-11, Allie Buttree 1-0-1-3, Gracie Fischer 1-0-0-2. TOTALS 13-4-1-31.
(48) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Jasmine Jamiel 4-2-3-13, Sami McCord 4-1-1-10, Sophie Huffman 3-0-3-9, Katie Murphy 2-0-4-8, Karlie Morgan 1-0-6-8. TOTALS 14-3-17-48.
FIELD GOALS: WB 13/49 (Roblero-Solis 4/12); W 14/61 (Jamiel 4/13, McCord 4/16, Huffman 3/10)
3 POINT FIELD GOALS: WB 4/18 (Roblero-Solis 3/8); W 3/17
FREE THROWS: WB 1/3; W 17/25 (Morgan 6/6, Murphy 4/4)
REBOUNDS: WB 43 (Sams 9, Jones 7, Buttree 6, Fischer 6); W 44 (Morgan 10, Huffman 8, Murphy 7)
ASSISTS: WB 5; W 9 (Huffman 3, Jamiel 3)
STEALS: WB 7 (Fischer 3); W 21 (Huffman 7, Jamiel 4, Murphy 4)
BLOCKED SHOTS: WB 4 (Sams 3); W 3 (Morgan 2)
TURNOVERS: WB 31; W 15
Matt Sexton covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bymattsexton.