“We realized how frustrated they were and that we were getting in their heads,” forward Lindsay Williams said. “We had the mental fortitude over them, so that gave us a step forward. We were playing as a team and that was another step forward, then we were just loving the game.”
A 7-0 run that included inside buckets by Drury and Harrison, brought the Wildecats to within 38-32 entering the fourth. In the final quarter, the post duo of Harrison and Williams was too much for the Wolverines, who saw two starters foul out.
Harrison nailed a mid-ranged jumper, then Williams added a layup and made free throw to draw Wilde Lake to within one at 38-37. After a turnover and two missed shots, the Wildecats were finally able to take the lead after Corbett scored on a fast break layup.
Deja Smith got an easy layup inside to help Watkins Mill regain the lead, 40-39, with 1:15 left in regulation. Smith scored a game-high 19 points, including 15 in the second quarter, but was limited to just two buckets in the second half.
“In the first half, we were letting them control the game and we knew that had to change,” Corbett said. “We adjusted really well to (Smith). We knew that she was their shooter and we had to keep an eye on her. Knowing she was a threat, we didn’t let her get the ball and they couldn’t score.”
The Wolverines’ lead wouldn’t hold up thanks to a layup from Lazris with 25 ticks left on the clock. Smith had a chance to win the game but missed a contested layup. Lazris was fouled after grabbing the rebound and calmly sank both free throws to ice the game.
Lazris and Harrison both finished with 10 points, while Williams (12 boards) and Corbett each added nine points for Wilde Lake (2-5) overall.
“They came out and played with heart in the second half,” Caitlin Williams said. “They finally executed our press break with patience and composure, and that made the difference. There were moments there where we could have crumbled but we didn’t.”
The Wildecats will play host Springbrook in the championship Friday at 2 p.m.
Roberts Oxygen Holiday Classic
at Springbrook HS
Wilde Lake 43, Watkins Mills 40
WL (1-5, 2-5): Harrison 10, Lazris 10, Corbett 9, Williams 9, Drury 3, Babaturk 1, Bialek 1.
WM (1-6): Smith 19, Walker 12, Hall 6, Boito 2, Johnson 1.
Half: 35-21 WM.
IAABO Board 134 Christmas Tournament
at Prince George’s Community College
West Springfield 50, River Hill 38
The Hawks suffered their first loss of the season to undefeated West Springfield. Vicki Rowe scored a team-high 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds for River Hill, which will play Gwynn Park in the consolation finals Friday at 4 p.m.
RH (6-0, 7-1): Rowe 11, Ju. Collins 9, Sterling 9, Je. Collins 8, Masker 1.
WS (10-0): Berglund 21, Taylor 18, Haynes 3, Backus 2, Kernelt 2, Danna 2, Shroeder 2.