Wilmington holds on for Union title
Wilmington (48) Vs. Moniteau (39)
Dec 30, 2009
The Wilmington High girls basketball team was looking for a boost heading into conference play.
The Lady Greyhounds found one last night with a 48-39 triumph over Moniteau to capture the Union Holiday Classic Tournament championship.
“This was a big win for the program,” Wilmington coach Brian Turk said. “We love coming to this tournament at Union. We always have a nice crowd to play in front of. Every one of the girls contributed, too.”
Wilmington (5-1) opens its District 10, Region 2-AA slate Monday at Lakeview. After a nonconference game against Neshannock on Wednesday, the team plays Greenville, Reynolds and Kennedy Catholic in a five-day span.
“This is big because we have a big week coming up,” Turk said. “We have two days of practice coming in and then we have five-straight games and four are league games.”
Last night, the Lady Greyhounds used a balanced attack to overcome the Lady Warriors (3-3).
“That’s what we have to do. Our team knows that. If someone misses a shot, someone else has to pick it up and put the ball in the hoop,” Turk said. “On defense, if one of us gets beat up front, we know we have to get help in the paint and that’s what they did. I am very happy where we are this time of the year. Going down that stretch, we have a lot of confidence now and that’s what we’re working for.”
Wilmington posted a 15-12 lead after the first quarter and held a 26-24 halftime advantage. The Lady ’Hounds carried a 38-34 buffer into the fourth quarter, where they turned up the defensive pressure.
Wilmington limited Moniteau to five points in the final frame, including just one field goal.
“We were worried about coming into the game, playing man-to-man against them, but our girls really got after it, especially in the second half,” Turk said. “I think this is the first game where we put four quarters together.”
The Lady Warriors struggled to get much going offensively.
“Wilmington did a nice job. We were just out of sync all night long. Actually, it looked like we were out of shape,” Moniteau coach Mark Yeager said. “We just didn’t play well at all. We’re notorious for not playing well in back-to-back games. We talked about it and still didn’t come out and play well at all. I wish I had an answer for it because I don’t. There are a ton of things we need to work on. But, it’s early and we’ll be OK.”
Julie Burns led the Lady ’Hounds with 14 points. She added 11 rebounds to earn tournament MVP honors. Stephanie Kish had 11 points and four assists and was named to the all-tournament team. Haley Marett had nine points and six assists. Mariah Burns had eight points, while Catherine Foltz had six points and 12 rebounds.
Jenna McCorry had 11 points for Moniteau. Amanda Sloan had eight. Both were named to the all-tournament team.