The Wesleyan Lady Trojans knocked off the Lady Bengals by a score of 61-38 in an overpowering effort on Friday night in High Point at Wesleyan. The Lady Trojans were led in scoring by Anna Hamacher who scored 16, and the Bengals’ leading scorer was Gloria Smith who pitched in 9 in her team’s losing effort. The Lady Trojans also had a big boost from Shaniya Jones who put up 14 points and had several assists.
The Bengals fall to (13-14) overall and (2-2) in PACIS play with the loss, as the Trojans improve to (20-5) overall and maintain first place in the PACIS with the win, now holding a record of (5-0).
1Q: GDS- 5 WES- 14
2Q: GDS- 15 WES- 30
3Q: GDS- 29 WES- 46
4Q: GDS- 38 WES- 61
GREENSBORO DAY SCORING:
Gloria Smith: 9pts
Alexandria Harris: 7pts
Mahlon Brady: 7pts
Maddy Murdock: 6pts
Chloe Brewington: 6pts
Madison Head: 3pts
Anna Hamacher: 16pts
Shaniya Jones: 14pts
Jarah Bailey: 9pts
Makayla Williams: 8pts
Bre Wave: 4pts
Kayla Dar: 3pts
Shelley McRae: 1pt
Greensboro Day’s Solomon Smith’s play has revolved around his defense this season, but it was an assist to Will Dillard that made Smith the hero of the game on Friday night as the Bengals beat the Wesleyan Christian Trojans by a score of 55-53. Smith’s defense was still a factor, however, and he also added eight points offensively to help lead his team to the big conference victory.
The Bengals jumped out to an early lead, with J.P. Moorman scoring his team’s first eight points. The Bengals led the majority of the first quarter until Wesleyan went on a quick 6-0 run that made the score 13-12 in favor of the home Trojans. Greensboro Day responded, gaining momentum from a Pearce Landry three-pointer, and two baskets from Solomon Smith – one at the buzzer—to make the score 19-15 at the end of the first quarter.
The first half saw nine lead changes and five ties. In the last four minutes of the first half, the Trojans went on a 14-7 run that put them ahead by one point – 31-30.
Greensboro Day reversed Wesleyan’s run in the third quarter and outscored the Trojans 15-10.
The final play of the third quarter was a feed from Smith to John Newman Jr., who dunked the ball with 0.3 seconds remaining on the clock to increase the Bengal lead to six points.
There were times in the second half where Greensboro Day could have increased their lead to double digits, making it harder for their opponent to come back, but the Bengals just couldn’t get the shots to fall when they needed to pull away.
The Trojans star of the night was David Caraher, a Houston Baptist commit, who stepped up on defense, especially when 6’8” Trojan junior Jalen Hoard fouled out with 4:11 remaining in the contest. Caraher finished with 20 points in the game.
The fourth quarter was a thriller, down to the last seconds.
Wesleyan senior Brendan Austin hit two big three pointers, a minute apart. The first pulled his team within three points and the second made it a two point game. It was a basket by Wesleyan’s Aaron Wiggins that tied the game at 53 with 2:55 to play, however, that put the pressure on the two teams to get the winning basket.
That basket came in the final seconds – 1.8 seconds remaining—as Will Dillard broke coverage and Smith found him for an open left-handed lay in. Dillard, the Bengals’ junior, made the open shot and won the game for his team.
Dillard had practiced that play over and over in practice, and, apparently, practice makes perfect.
“It’s just a matter of what we do in practice,” Dillard said. “A little baby bang, one-two, right into it. It finally worked out after all the times we do it in practice.”
Teamwork was key, according to Smith.
“I was prepared; I knew when to pass it,” he said. “I passed it and (Dillard) got it. I knew it was going in.”
Greensboro Day head coach Freddy Johnson echoed Smith’s sentiment.
“It was a great read by Solomon,” Johnson said. “It was a great bounce pass and we did a great job of spreading them out down to the paint and executing.
Johnson called Smith the key to the team’s success.
“When he’s in there defensively he is the glue,” Johnson said. “The guys trust that if their man gets by them he is going to be there.”
The Bengals were able to get Wesleyan stars Ian Steere and Jaylen Hoard in foul trouble early and the two scored eight points combined.
The game’s leading scorer was the Trojans’ David Caraher, who scored 20 points. John Newman led Greensboro Day scorers with 14.
Wesleyan has now dropped both conference games to Greensboro Day, which was ranked 24th this past week in the AP Boys Basketball Poll. The Trojans fall to (24-4) overall and (3-2) in the PACIS.
Greensboro Day is in the driver’s seat in the PACIS now, as they remain undefeated in conference play with the win over Wesleyan Friday night, and a record of (4-0) and (28-3) overall.
1Q: GDS- 19 WES- 15
2Q: GDS- 30 WES- 31
3Q: GDS- 47 WES- 41
4Q: GDS- 55 WES- 53
GREENSBORO DAY SCORING:
John Newman: 14pts
J.P. Moorman: 12pts
Jordan Perkins: 9pts
Solomon Smith: 8pts
Will Dillard: 6pts
Pearce Landry: 6pts
David Caraher: 20pts
Brendan Austin: 8pts
Aaron Wiggins: 6pts
Jaylen Hoard: 6pts
Drew Greene: 5pts
Shawn Walker, Jr.: 4pts
Ian Steere: 2pts
Khyrie Thompson: 2pts