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UHS drop highway match to Wheeling Park, 78-51

WHEELING – Late within the first quarter, with the clock ticking to zero, Wheeling Park’s Alexis Bordas drove down the lane and kicked the ball out to Natalie Daugherty on the perimeter, who made an additional move to an open Lala Woods for a nook 3-pointer on the buzzer.

The basket swung the result in Wheeling Park, 15-13, after a back-and-forth first quarter towards the visiting College Hawks. It was additionally a change of tempo for a Patriots staff that hadn’t moved the ball as much as their requirements within the interval.

The top-of-quarter sequence additionally signaled a swing in momentum for all the recreation, as Wheeling Park by no means trailed once more, outscoring College 63-38 within the subsequent three quarters to safe a 78-51 win on their dwelling courtroom.

“We solely had two assists within the first quarter,” Wheeling Park head coach Ryan Younger stated. “The final play of the quarter was an actual good ball-moving play the place we hit a 3. We simply talked to the children within the huddle, that’s how we’ve obtained to play the following three quarters.

“We didn’t move the ball too nicely within the first quarter. After we move the ball and have 20-something assists like we did, and we win the rebounding battle, we’re a fairly powerful staff.”

Wheeling Park was led by senior guard Natalie Daugherty, who scored 25 factors with seven assists and 5 rebounds.

After lacking her first three photographs of the sport, all 3-pointers within the first quarter, Daugherty made her subsequent 9 baskets and scored 15 factors in a runaway fourth quarter.

“Natalie Daugherty began off struggling capturing the basketball, and she or he shook that off fairly fast and performed an unbelievable recreation,” Younger stated. “She had 25 factors and 7 assists, main us in each classes. I feel she acknowledged that her exterior shot wasn’t there so she began to drive the ball to the rim much more and was ending on the rim. As the sport moved on, then her exterior shot began to fall.

“She performed an actual good recreation when you consider struggling like that as a participant and easy methods to overcome that, she did an actual good job.”

College was led in scoring Julia Maisel, who scored 17 factors for the Hawks. Ella Simpson was the next-highest scorer with 9.

Wheeling Park edged College in assists 20-7 and outrebounded the Hawks 31-23. The Patriots had been particularly proficient on the defensive glass within the first half, the place College was afforded just one offensive rebound, limiting their alternatives to combat again into the sport.

“We did an actual good job rebounding the ball within the first half,” Younger stated.

Maisel did attempt to give College a spark proper earlier than half, stripping the ball on the prime of the important thing whereas Park was ready for a final shot and taking the rock to the opposite finish for a tricky lay-in with a couple of seconds to play.

Park led 38-21 on the break.

Early on, the 2 groups couldn’t get an inch of separation from one another, with seven lead modifications within the first quarter. Wheeling Park began with a really aggressive full-court press, and the Hawks did nicely in resisting the stress and sometimes obtained beauty briefly order in consequence. All 5 College starters scored within the opening body.

Park did power six turnovers within the opening quarter, however a lot of them got here within the halfcourt by making use of tight ball stress on the perimeter.

Over the following three quarters, the Patriots targeted extra on their half-court protection, to nice success.

“I feel they did a fairly good job of breaking our stress early within the recreation,” Younger stated of College. “We continued to stress them, we simply dialed it down a bit of bit. Pressured them to make the error as a substitute of going into early traps, I feel that prevented them from getting straightforward buckets.”

After Daugherty’s 25, Alexis Bordas got here by with 16 factors, two blocks and 7 rebounds, Lala Woods scored 10 factors with 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals, Jillian Huffman scored 10 with six rebounds, Seneca Heller scored 9 with 5 assists, and Merritt Delk scored six with six rebounds and three steals.

Riley Braham chipped in seven, Ashlyn Weaver scored six and each Brianna Fox and Hannah Stemple scored 5 for College.

College (2-3) subsequent faces Heathwood Corridor Episcopal at dwelling on December twentieth, whereas Wheeling Park (4-1) will face Spring Valley at dwelling on December sixteenth.

By NICK HENTHORN/The Intelligencer