Coach Doug Myer and his Wilson girls basketball team had a chance to make history on Friday night in Hershey. The Lady Bulldogs were looking to win their second consecutive District 3 AAAA championship. Standing in the way, however, was a tough Dover team, who had knocked off a heavily favored Cumberland Valley squad two days before. For a group of Wilson seniors, including Avery Marz, Ivory Bailey, Carley Brew, and Jessie Wallace, it was business as usual.
Avery Marz was able to connect on a three-pointer on the Lady Bulldogs’ first possession, giving them a 3-0 lead inside the first minute of the game. Alayah Hall, who would be a handful for Wilson defenders all night, answered right back. Just over 3 minutes in, the Dover Lady Eagles would take their first and only lead of the game at 7-5. Hall had accounted for all seven of Dover’s points. The Lady Bulldogs would close the first quarter on a 7-0 run, led by Jessie Wallace and Carley Brew. At the end of one, Wilson held a 12-7 advantage.
Both Avery Marz and Ivory Bailey would pick up their second fouls early in the second quarter, forcing Coach Myer to turn to his bench. Myer called upon Madison Klee and Mercedez Wright to help the Lady Bulldogs keep their heads above water. The substitutions proved effective, as Wilson would head into the half with a 20-15 lead.
The second half began much like the first, with Avery Marz knocking down a long range three. With all five starters back on the court for second half, the Lady Bulldogs left very little doubt as to who was the better team. Wilson would outscore their opponents 15-7 during the third quarter, giving them a 35-22 lead heading into the final frame.
The thirteen point lead would prove to be the decisive margin, as the Lady Bulldogs earned a 51-38 victory.
Leading the way for Wilson was Jessie Wallace, who posted a team-best 16 points and 10 rebounds. Avery Marz and Carley Brew would each add 15 points of their own. Ivory Bailey rounded out the Wilson scoring with 5 points, as the senior quartet combined for all 51 of the team’s points.
After the game, senior forward Carley Brew said “This [win] feels great. It’s definitely been one of our goals.” She also added that “Coach Myer prepared us well for this game. We played good defense and got some easy baskets. This win gives us lots of confidence heading into states. We definitely are excited about winning districts, but we have to come back even harder for states.”
Coach Myer called it a “very mature win” for his team. He credited his squad with “not losing their heads, even despite early foul troubles.” “We’re an aggressive team, and at times it might result in foul troubles, but we always adjust as the game goes on. This is a very special group of girls and they never let it get to them.”, Myer added.
Wilson will be in action next Friday, March 7 against Methacton, who earned the No.10 seed in District 1.