LEES CREEK — The Wilmington Lady Hurricane took a 59-47 win in their Clinton County matchup against the East Clinton Astros Wednesday night at the EC gym.
The South Central Ohio League win moves the Hurricane to 11-5 overall, 7-3 in the SCOL. They will play Clinton-Massie next Wednesday at Fred Summers Court.
The loss brings the Astros record 5-11 overall, 2-8 in the league. Their next game will be Saturday against Whiteoak at home.
“I was very proud of our kids tonight,” said East Clinton head Coach Steven Gerber. “We came out and we battled.”
Katlyn Jamiel played well for the Hurricane, shooting 8 for 11 from the free throw line and scoring 15 points.
“She did a good job tonight,” WHS head coach Zach Williams said. “She was very good on the defensive end which led us to transition and she hit her free throws.”
Mya Jackson led the Hurricane with 20 points. Faith Sanderson had 9 points on a trio of three-pointers.
Kaitlin Durbin and Lacey Peterman both had 15 for the Astros.
The Astros started the game off strong with excellent defense that allowed them to take an 8-4 lead going into the second quarter.
East Clinton managed to maintain the lead during most of the second quarter but Sanderson making two three-pointers within the last minute of the quarter, one being at the buzzer, the Hurricane had a 22-21 lead at the half.
“The girls came in maybe a little relaxed and maybe a little unfocused. They realized that they were in a fight with a tough East Clinton team who came out strong, shooting well and on the game plan,” said Williams.
The Astros reclaimed their lead early in the third quarter but the Hurricane quickly answered by going on a 10-0 run that gave them a 9-point lead.
East Clinton refused to submit, rallying to within 2 points but Wilmington continued to share the basketball and knock down its shots.
“I think after halftime the girls woke up, came in and battled, started doing better on the offensive and defensive end and got some stops,” said Williams, “Their pressure sparked them on the offensive and got things turned around for us.”
Said Gerber, “They got after us there in the second half and they were able to knock down some shots.”
The fourth quarter was all Wilmington as the lead moved to double digits for most of the quarter.
January 18, 2017
@East Clinton High School
Wilmington 59 East Clinton 47
(47) EAST CLINTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) La. Peterman 4-1-6-15 Campbell 3-1-0-7 Lilly 2-0-2-6 Durbin 5-2-3-15 Davis 1-0-0-2 Christian 1-0-0-2 Hall 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 16-4-11/19-47
(59) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) J. Jamiel 1-0-2-4 Jackson 7-1-5-20 Sanderson 3-3-0-9 K. Jamiel 3-1-8-15 Edingfield 2-0-0-4 Frisco 3-0-1-7. TOTALS 19-5-16/27-59