WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — The Washington Lady Blue Lions welcomed the Hurricane from Wilmington High School for the SCOL opener for both teams Tuesday evening.
Washington began the game quite strong, trailed at halftime, but rallied back in the second half to post a 62-51 victory.
Washington was led by freshman Hannah Haithcock, who shared game high-scoring honors with Wilmington freshman Mya Jackson, each with 19 points.
Wilmington sophomore Leah Frisco scored 16 points and fellow sophomore Katlyn Jamiel had six points.
“I thought they played really well,” Wilmington head coach Mark Short said of Washington. “We saw them Friday. We knew what they were going to do; we just couldn’t stop what they were going to do.
“We sent them to the line way too many times. Even when we had the lead at halftime, we told them there were some things we needed to do to get them out of the zone, we just didn’t do it.
“We’re young and we’re impatient. We’ve just got a lot of work to do. I can’t fault my kids’ effort. We’re going through a transition and our schedule is a bear.”
Both teams made 17 buckets, with one three-pointer for each team.
However, Washington unofficially shot 17 of 38 for 45 percent to 17 of 56 for Wilmington for 30 percent.
Another deciding factor was free throw shooting. Washington made 27 out of 39 (for 62 percent), while Wilmington converted 14 of 19 (for 74 percent).
Washington had 21 turnovers to 20 for Wilmington.
After the game was tied briefly, 2-2, Washington went on a 12-0 run to take a 14-2 lead with 4:14 to play in the first quarter.
Wilmington began to exert a somewhat smothering defense that would continue into the second quarter.
Washington held a 19-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Due at least in part to the intensified defensive effort on the part of Wilmington, Washington saw its turnovers increase from five in the first quarter to seven in the second quarter.
Wilmington went on a 10-0 run leading up to halftime, overtaking Washington with a 29-26 intermission tally.
The three-point lead was to be, however, the biggest of the night for Wilmington.
Washington began the second half with an old-fashioned three-point play from Haithcock and, after a pair of free throws from McRoberts, Gray converted a bucket and a free throw that gave Washington a 34-33 lead with 3:35 to play in the third.
Wilmington took what would prove to be its final lead of the game, 38-36, following a pair of free throws from Faith Sanderson. That lead came with 2:39 to play in the third quarter.
Washington held a 40-38 lead at the end of three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Washington made 10 of 16 free throw attempts to seal the win.
Wilmington (0-2, 0-1) will host Chaminade-Julienne Monday.
Nov 24, 2015
Washington CH 62 Wilmington 51
(62) WASHINGTON — Alexis Gray 4-7-15; Jaycie McRoberts 2-6-10; Savannah Wallace 0-0-0; Hannah Haithcock 7-5-19; Wendy Hawk 1 (1)-4-9; Kassidy Hines 0-0-0; Tabby Woods 1-2-4; Maddy Jenkins 1-3-5. TOTALS — 16 (1)-27-62. Free throw shooting: 27 of 39 for 69 percent. Field goal shooting: 17 of 38 for 45 percent. Turnovers: 21.
(51) WILMINGTON — Je’Taysia Johns 0-0-0; Mya Jackson 6-7-19; Suzannah Johns 0-0-0; Sarah Quallen 1-0-2; Faith Sanderson 0 (1)-2-5; Katlyn Jamiel 3-0-6; Heather Fryman 0-0-0; Emily Edingfield 1-0-2; Tanner Stewart 0-1-1; Leah Frisco 6-4-16. TOTALS — 16 (1)-14-51. Free throw shooting: 14 of 19 for 74 percent. Field goal shooting: 17 of 56 for 30 percent. Turnovers: 20.
Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104 or on Twitter @choppes1