Hiers, Marett key Wilmington
Wilmington (36) Vs. Mercer (32)
Dec 22, 2011
Clutch performances by Mackenzie Hiers and Cassie Marett allowed Wilmington to come back and win a key District 10, Region 2-AA showdown on the road.

Marett, a sophomore, scored a career-high 10 points, eight coming in the decisive fourth quarter. Hiers, who registered a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, sank 3 of 4 free throws in the final minutes to help seal the victory.

“Those two really came through in the clutch for us tonight,” Wilmington coach Brandy Sanford said. “Marett did it all. She was driving hard, and she kept getting fouled, but she didn’t get to the line. She kept after it, and at the start of the fourth quarter, she hit a mid-range jump shot, and she just followed it up. We were sending her the ball, and she made two layups and another mid-range jumper. She was just slamming them down.”

Mercer led 26-20 entering the final frame, but the Lady Greyhounds (3-1, 3-2) outscored the Lady Mustangs, 16-6. Most of the damage occurred late in the quarter.

“The last three and a half minutes, aside from one turnover, our team did everything right,” Sanford said. “They did everything they were asked to do. I’m tremendously proud of them.”
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Wilmington 9 7 4 16 0 36
Mercer 5 8 13 6 0 32
Box Scores
WILMINGTON (36)
Mackenzie Hiers 4 6-9 14
Carly Christofferson 0 0-0 0
Grace Gealy 1 0-0 2
Alanna Elliott 2 2-6 6
Cassie Marett 5 0-6 10
Sarah Slonaker 2 0-1 2
Tessa Sikora 1 0-0 2
Jamie Thompson 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 14 8-22 36.

MERCER (32)
Rachelle Van Dyke 3 2-2 8
Analise Whenny 2 2-6 6
Ashley Rider 1 0-0 2
Alexis Arkwright 6 3-11 16
Megan McKenny 0 0-0 0
Alexis Mills 0 0-0 0
Nicki Reda 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 12 7-19 32.

WILMINGTON 9 7 4 16 — 36
MERCER 5 8 13 6 — 32

3-point goals — Mercer 1 (Arkwright 1).
JV score: Wilmington 39, Mercer 30. High scorer: W — Jamie Thompson 20.
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