Wilmington 54, Moniteau 45
Moniteau (45) Vs. Wilmington (54)
By JON GERAMITA
jgeramita@ncnewsonline.com

Kara Kendall did it all last night.

She even showed a little good-natured vanity.

Moments after her Wilmington High girls team beat Moniteau 54-45, and seconds after she was awarded the Union Boosters Tournament’s Most Valuable Player Award, she smiled and asked coach Brian Turk, “Does that look like me?,” in reference to the bronze basketball player on her trophy.

“Sure,” Turk replied. “You’re my MVP.”

Kendall scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the championship game, dominating the Lady Warriors inside from start to finish.

At only 5-foot-7, Kendall used her athleticism and quickness to get position all night.

“That’s where all my points come from — inside,” she said. “I’m not really big, but I work hard and try to get to the ball quicker than everyone else.”

Wilmington (5-5) raced out to a 18-13 lead after the first quarter behind some great rebounding. Kendall alone had four offensive boards in the period, converting each into points.

The Lady Greyhounds extended their lead to 30-20 early in the third quarter when Shannon Garrett scored inside.

But Wilmington missed 11 of its next 12 shots, seeing the Lady Warriors chip away it its zone defense, cutting the lead to 33-32 on Maura McCaslin’s 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. Sarah Kuzma’s baseline runner off a steal then gave Moniteau its first lead at 34-33.

Don’t panic Lady Greyhounds. You do have the MVP.

After going 1 of 2 from the line, Kendall deflected the inbound pass to teammate Brooke Buchowski, who gave it right back to Kendall for a 36-34 lead.

McCaslin hit another 3 to briefly give her team a 39-38 lead with 5:40 left, but Wilmington stepped on the gas to end the game.

Janelle Fauzey hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Greyhounds a 43-39 lead. Fauzey then had a steal at halfcourt off a Kendall deflection and went in for an easy layup.

McCaslin hit another 3-pointer to make it 45-42, but Fauzey came right back and swished a 3 from the corner to make it 48-42 with 2 minutes left in the game.

“I kept telling her to shoot it from the corner, and she got those to fall,” Turk said. “I really liked her spacing against the zone, too.”

Fauzey had 10 of her 15 points in the last 3:10 of the game.

McCaslin single-handedly kept her team in the game, scoring 23 points, with seven 3-pointers.

“We knew she was a great shooter, but she was special tonight,” Turk said.

Wilmington missed a lot of shots against the Lady Warriors’ zone, but maintained rebounding dominance from the tip, 33-10.

“We throw up a lot of shots and hopefully we can get the rebounds and get points that way,” Turk said. “It worked tonight.”

Buchowski had eight points and 11 rebounds, with Garrett adding six points and Ashley Gardner coming off the bench to score four.
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Moniteau 13 7 9 16 0 45
Wilmington 18 8 7 21 0 54
Box Scores
Field Goals Attempted Foul Shots Made Foul Shots Three Points Total Points Fouls
Moniteau
Guercio100020
McCorry300170
McCaslin8107230
McCormick000000
Kuzma200040
Hilliard311070
Seller100020
Wilmington
#21 Brooke Buchowski244080
#30 Janelle Fauzey5423150
#1 Shannon Garrett320060
#2 Kara Kendall7850190
#10 Stephanie Kish000000
#12 Leah Day022020
#32 Molly Zimmer000000
#4 Haley Marett000000
#11 Ashley Gardner200040
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