Two days after being done in by turnovers in its season opener against Southern, Wilde Lake came out and made a statement at the onset of its game Friday against visiting Marriotts Ridge.
Executing on both ends of the floor, the Wildecats raced out to a 12-0 advantage in the first four minutes and never relinquished the lead the rest of the way en route to a convincing, 66-52, victory.
“We’ve really been trying to emphasize how valuable the ball is, so it felt good that first quarter to have everyone intense and playing with that energy and effort,” Wilde Lake coach Deon Wingfield said. “It was fulfilling to see that.”
Wilde Lake (1-0, 1-1) ended up having five guys scoring eight points or more, led by 15 points apiece from Devon Groves, Khari Jackson and Fred Robinson (8 rebounds, 3 blocks). Eric Handy chipped in with a game-high 12 rebounds to go with his eight points.
In the loss, Marriotts Ridge (0-1, 0-2) got 12 points each from Robert Davis and Sean Harrison (9 rebounds).
After jumping out to the quick 12-point lead, Wilde Lake kept its foot on the accelerator to hold a 21-6 advantage after the first quarter. But just as Wilde Lake appeared ready to run away with it, Marriotts Ridge showed some fight in the second quarter to head into the break down just 10.
Then, scoring five of the first seven points after halftime, the Mustangs got all the way back to within seven following Davis’ 3-pointer from the top of the key.
That, however, was as close as things would get. A 17-2 spurt in a five-minute span during the third quarter opened up the largest lead of the game for the Wildecats at 49-27.
“I told them that we just had to weather the storm,” Wingfield said. “The game is about runs and each team is going to make one at some point. The difference is how we come back from that run and tonight I thought we responded very well.”
Marriotts Ridge never managed to get closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Wilde Lake 66, Marriotts Ridge 52
WL (1-0, 1-1): Groves 15, Robinson 15, K. Jackson 15, Calloway 8, Handy 8, Ampofo 5.
MR (0-1, 0-2): Davis 12, Harrison 12, Smith 8, Caffes 8, Miller 5, Najib 3, Willsey 2, Delaney 2.
Half: 30-20 WL.
Long Reach 57, Mt. Hebron 50
Jalen Brown delivered a solid overall game with eight points, seven assists and three steals to help the Lightning hold off the Vikings down the stretch. “He really controlled the tempo late in the game, which was huge,” Long Reach coach Al Moraz Jr. said.
Brian Green ended up leading Long Reach with 11 points, while Diara Woodard led the way for Mt. Hebron with a game-high 20 points.
LR (1-0, 2-0): Allmond 7, Barr 10, Brown 8, Green 11, Hall 8, Neal 2, Stewart 9, Woodland 2.
MH (0-1, 0-2): Andreas 6, Maloney 4, Woodard 20, M. Smith 14, Trapuzanno 2, Bryant 4.