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Wilmington girls fall to Greenville
Greenville (49) Vs. Wilmington (35)
By JOE SIMON
j_simon@ncnewsonline.com

The Wilmington High girls basketball team’s playoff hopes took a minor hit last night.

The Lady Greyhounds struggled mightily in the second quarter of a 49-35 District 10, Region 2-AA loss to Greenville.

Wilmington (6-6 region, 12-10 overall) is stuck in fourth place with the loss, while the Lady Trojans (8-4, 14-8) remain in third.

Greenville led by just four after one quarter, 15-11, but the Lady Greyhounds fell apart in the next eight minutes.

“We were neck and neck with them in the first quarter, and then in the second, I don’t know what happened,” Wilmington coach Brandy Sanford said. “We had a lot of turnovers, and it wasn’t really anything they were doing. We were trying to force it inside. We had some bad passes and our girls weren’t catching it, and we just turned it over.”

Brooklyn Taylor caused most of the damage for Greenville, which outscored the Lady Greyhounds, 12-4, in the second stanza. Taylor sank 18 of her game-high 24 points in the first half. Jessica Burnett poured in 15 more for the Lady Trojans.

Haley Marett provided a team-best 10 points and five steals for Wilmington. Julie Burns contributed eight markers and grabbed nine rebounds, while Mackenzie Hiers posted seven points and five assists.

District 10 will announce its boys and girls playoff pairings on Sunday. The Lady Greyhounds are seeking a second consecutive trip to the District 10, Class AA playoffs.

Wilmington’s boys team will host Region 2-AA champion Sharpsville (8-1, 15-5), which is led by former Neshannock coach Jim Smiley, at 7:30 p.m. today. The Greyhounds (5-4, 9-12) must win to have any hope of securing a postseason bid.
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Greenville 15 12 12 10 0 49
Wilmington 11 4 10 10 0 35
Box Scores
WILMINGTON (35)
Haley Marett 4 1-2 10
Grace Gealy 1 0-0 2
Mackenzie Hiers 3 1-1 7
Julie Burns 4 0-0 8
Catherine Foltz 0 0-0 0
Carly Christofferson 0 0-0 0
Alanna Elliott 2 4-6 8.
Totals: 14 6-9 35.

GREENVILLE (49)
Emily Paxon 2 0-0 4
Marissa Hetrich 1 0-0 2
Jessica Burnett 4 7-10 15
Morgan Marshall 2 0-0 4
Brooklyn Taylor 10 1-3 24
Katie McMillen 0 0-0 0
Kanako Soejima 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 19 8-12 49.

WILMINGTON 11 4 10 10 — 35
GREENVILLE 15 12 12 10 — 49
3-point goals — Wilmington 1 (Marett 1), Greenville 3 (Taylor 3).
JV score: Wilmington 35, Greenville 29. High scorer: W — Courtney Cohen 9.
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