Sometimes, being physical and sticking to what you know is all a team needs to win a basketball game.
The Wilson Central Lady Wildcats played the Northwest Lady Vikings tough, drawing fouls and crashing the offensive boards to keep possessions alive. They were rewarded with a 63-47 road victory on Friday.
“Our game plan was to be aggressive,” said WCHS coach Erica Wilson. “When we scouted them, we knew that they were a team that played four quarters aggressively. I told them it came down to who wanted it more and who was going to put four quarters together, and I felt that we executed that very well. We have a lot of people out right now with the flu and concussions, so I was very proud of everybody coming out and put together a win.”
The Lady Vikings kept things close early, trailing by four points after the first quarter and eight at halftime, but Wilson Central continuously and steadily added to its lead to keep Northwest out of reach.
It was the Lady Wildcat defense that kept them ahead. At times, Northwest’s offense would find a rhythm, even getting them a 21-20 lead in the second quarter, but Wilson Central always had an answer to throw their foes off their game. Oftentimes, it resulted in a bad shot leading to an easy bucket on the other end.
“We are our own weakness,” said Northwest coach Ben Wallace. “As I told the girls in the locker room, this is about toughness. When you get hit in the mouth or you get knocked down or something, you’ve got to go play. We seemed like, sometimes when we get hit in the mouth so to speak, we take a step back and it takes us out of our rhythm. We’ve just got to learn to be mentally tougher.”
Lady Wildcat Nicole Brill and Lady Viking Tamia Scott each led their teams with 20 points apiece. The difference was that Brill had three teammates score in double figures, while Scott only had one.
Wilson Central (63): Nicole Brill 20, Sydnee Richeito 19, Jakoria Woods12, Sydney Dalton 10, Campbell Strange 4.
Northwest (47): Tamia Scott 20, Madison King 13, Zay Freeman 5, Emagine Harris 4, Madison Gerkin 3, Kayla Howell 2.