(Newburyport) The Wilmington Wildcats (6-4/9-6) scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed defeating cold-shooting Newburyport (5-5/8-9), 55-35, at NHS.
The Clippers shot 25% in the first half (8-for-32) and you expected things to improve with the possibility of erasing the 30-21 halftime deficit. Didn’t happen……..in fact the shooting got much worse. How does 10.2% sound – (4-for-39)?
Maybe the Wilmington shot blockers led by sophomore Maggie Brown had something to do with the bad numbers but there were plenty of good-look medium range shots that just weren’t falling. There actually were very few 3’s attempted.
Wilmington shot 33 ½% for the game while missing a ton of in close shots as well. They got many of those good shots via well-run two-player maneuvers.
Sophomore Emily Crannell and Amy Fahey (12 points) executed several backdoor cuts that turned up layups for Amy. The WHS co-captain tallied ten points in the second half.
Junior Amanda Keane (daughter of the coach) and Maggie Brown displayed some fine moves to the basket but had trouble finishing, otherwise the final margin would have been even greater. They both play excellent defense. Amanda had Lindsey Tomasz early on but after senior Sam Baribeault (13 points) made some shots in the first half switched over to Sam.
Thanks go to the basketball rules committee for deciding that the only actual jump ball would be at the start of the game. By my account, there were ELEVEN jump ball situations thereafter. A night of inaccurate shooting is one thing……….
Both teams draw the short straw when it comes to their next opponent. Wilmington gets Pentucket on Wednesday and Newburyport tries the same team on Friday. Good luck to anyone against Pentucket because they’ll need it. Undefeated so far, it’s a safe bet to project the Sachems to still be standing when the Division 3 North MIAA tournament ends.
(All stats are unofficial.)