WASHINGTON CH — Led by senior Shawna Conger, Washington Senior defeated Wilmington 51-46 Wednesday in a non-league girls basketball game at the Fayette County gym.
It was a match-up of former South Central Ohio League rivals.
Conger was the game’s leading scorer for Washington with 21 points. Conger was 10 of 10 from the free throw line and had five rebounds.
Senior Halli Wall hit three treys on her way to scoring 11 points. Wall led Washington with seven rebounds.
For the Hurricane, senior Jasmine Jamiel led with 12 points. She hit both of Wilmington’s three-point field goals.
Senior Sami McCord scored 10 points and freshman Sophie Huffman had eight points.
“Washington Court House just came out and out-hustled us,” Wilmington head coach Zach Williams said. “They stuck to the game plan very well. Our girls didn’t respond well tonight. We didn’t close out with urgency. Everything we’ve been doing in the past three or four games, we didn’t do tonight. We didn’t execute with efficiency.”
The Hurricane hit their first two shots of the game for a 4-0 lead. Wilmington led 6-2 before Aaralyne Estep hit a two-point bucket and Conger drained a three to give Washington a 7-6 lead. The lead changed hands three more times in the first quarter before the buzzer sounded with Wilmington in front, 12-11.
The second quarter was arguably the turning point in the game, as Washington outscored Wilmington, 14-6. The game was tied at 14, 16 and 18. Washington closed the half with a 9-0 run to take a 25-18 lead into the locker room.
Washington continued that run to start the second half, building a 29-20 lead with 5:28 to play in the third quarter. Washington led by as many as 11 points before Wilmington scored at the buzzer to set the margin at 37-28.
With just over four minutes to play in the game, Washington held its biggest lead of the night, 44-32. Wilmington went on a 7-0 run to pull to within five at 44-39. Estep had a key steal after a Washington miss. She was fouled and hit one of two from the line.
The Lady Lions hit two baskets in the fourth quarter. The majority of their points came at the line, as the home team went 9 of 11 at the charity stripe in the final frame.
Wilmington (5-4 overall) is off until Dec. 28 when they play at Beavercreek.
Dec 18, 2019
@Washington Senior HS
Washington 51 Wilmington 46
(51) WASHINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Mongold 0-0-0-0 Estep 2-0-1-5 Dye 2-0-0-4 Smith 3-2-2-10 Tackage 0-0-0-0 Woods 0-0-0-0 Wall 4-3-0-11 Conger 5-1-10-21 Sever 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 16-6-13/17-51
(46) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Jamiel 5-2-0-12 Robinson 2-0-0-4 McCord 2-0-6-10 Diels 0-0-0-0 Moore 0-0-0-0 Huffman 4-0-0-8 Drake 0-0-0-0 Murphy 3-0-0-6 Morgan 3-0-0-6. TOTALS 19-2-6/11-46