WILMINGTON — For the third consecutive season, the Wilmington Lady Hurricane basketball team has won the SBAAC American Division championship.
By virtue of their 61-29 victory over Goshen Monday night at Fred Summers Court, Wilmington punched their ticket as champions of the American Division.
Wilmington improved their league record to 9-1 on the season and an overall record of 10-9. WHS shares the title with Western Brown.
“I am really proud of these girls and what they have accomplished, ” said WHS head coach Zack Williams. “We kinda got off to a slow start but Sami (McCord) really stepped up big in the third quarter. Our defense was outstanding — holding them to just one field goal. We came out of the locker room to start the second half ready and got down to business.”
Wilmington held a 14-8 first quarter lead and extended the margin to 23-15 at halftime.
With a 13-1 run to start the third period, Wilmington put the game out of reach. In the period, WHS outscored Goshen 21-3, making it a 44-18 ballgame at the end of the third quarter.
In the final period, Williams substituted freely and several Lady ‘Cane players reached the scoring column (seven in all) as Wilmington claimed the fourth period by a 17-11 margin.
McCord led Wilmington’s scoring attack with 13 total points. Katie Murphy followed with 12 and collected a pair of three-pointers.
Goshen ‘s top scorer was non-starter Katrina Hopper with 10 points.
Wilmington won the junior varsity contest, 30-24, but it was not easy. After building an 18-4 halftime lead, Wilmington had to hold on as Goshen came back strong in the third period, cutting the deficit to 24-19. The Hurricane had enough down the stretch to put the game in the victory column.
Wilmington will host East Clinton Thursday night at Fred Summers Court.
Feb 3, 2020
@Fred Summers Court
Wilmington 61 Goshen 29
(29) GOSHEN (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Strunk 1-0-1-3 Behler 0-0-0-0 Meyers 1-1-1-4 Heffrugge 0-0-0-0 Kilgore 0-0-0-0 Hopper 4-0-2-10 Mathewson 0-0-0-0 Maco 1-0-1-3 Smiley 1-0-1-3 Nolan 3-0-0-6 Warren 0-0-0-0 TOTALS 11-1-6/14-29
(61) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Jamiel 5-0-0-10 Robinson 0-0-0-0 Noszka 0-0-0-0 McCord 6-0-1-13 Diels 1-0-0-2 Moore 0-0-0-0 Huffman 4-0-2-10 Drake 2-0-1-5 McDaniel 0-0-0-0 Murphy 4-2-2-12 Morgan 4-1-0-9 TOTALS 26-3-6/12-61
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