Wilmington girls earn playoff berth
Wilmington (50) Vs. Sharpsville (47)
Feb 22, 2010
The Wilmington High girls basketball team is bound for the postseason.
The Lady Greyhounds sealed the verdict at the foul line in overtime in claiming a 50-47 District 10, Region 2-AA win over Sharpsville on Saturday.
“This was a great win for us,” Wilmington coach Brian Turk said. “We won some critical games against teams going to the playoffs and that helped us to get into the playoffs.
“There’s a lot of excitement to get into the playoffs. I think the school is excited.”
Mackenzie Hiers missed a layup in overtime but was fouled with less than a minute left. Hiers made both freebies to give the Lady Greyhounds a 49-47 advantage.
Sharpsville failed on its next possession and Wilmington’s Haley Marett split a pair of foul shots with less than five seconds to go. The Blue Darlings’ halfcourt heave was off the mark to preserve the win for the Lady Greyhounds.
Wilmington (7-5 region, 14-8 overall) finished tied for third place in the region with Mercer (7-5, 13-9). Both teams, along with the Blue Darlings (9-3, 16-6) earned at-large bids to the postseason. Greenville (12-0, 20-2) claimed the region crown.
District 10 takes a minimum of two playoff teams from each region. But the strength of Region 2 lead to three at-large teams qualifying.
“With District 10, you sit on pins and needles if you’re on that bubble or not,” Turk said. “This just shows how strong our region really is.
“I think with our overall record being what it is, we earned that playoff spot.”
Wilmington will get quite a test in the first round, squaring off against Villa Maria at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fairview High School. The Lady Victors (20-2) claimed the Region 4 title with a 16-0 mark. Villa Maria is also the defending PIAA Class AA champion.
“It will be an experience for the girls, no doubt,” Turk said. “It’s a tough way to start, but we’re in and that was our goal at the beginning of the year; we didn’t do it the easy way either.”
Stephanie Kish netted a game-high 16 points for the Lady Greyhounds and Ashley Gardner was next with nine. Marett and Julie Burns tossed in eight markers apiece for the winners. Marett handed out seven assists and Burns snared 10 rebounds.
Jenna Grandy paced Sharpsville with 15 points and Kristen Scurpa chipped in with 14.