Strong second quarter sparks Wesleyan girls
When High Point Christian sputtered, the Wesleyan Christian girls took advantage of the opportunity.
The Trojans used a strong second quarter to pull from a four-point deficit and led the rest of the way en route to a 46-35 win Tuesday against the rival Cougars to open NCISAA PACIS 3A play at High Point Christian.
Anna Massey scored 18 points followed by Holland Robinson with 10 points — all in the third quarter — to lead Wesleyan (7-7), which trailed 10-6 after one quarter before leading 16-12 at halftime.
“I think at first we were a little bit timid attacking the basket,” Trojans coach Matt Barber said. “I knew that we could attack the basket, but we came out slow in doing that. Sometimes they have to do it a couple times to get their confidence up. In the second half, we immediately started doing that.”
Wesleyan then opened the third quarter with an 11-2 run to push its lead to 13 with four minutes left and then to 17 with 1:29 left. Then Cougars then trimmed it to nine, 41-32, with five minutes left in the fourth before the Trojans sealed the win.
Hailey Riffe scored 28 points to lead HPCA (1-7) while Jaimey Fankhauser followed with five.
“Overally, I think we played very well,” Cougars coach Jason Waller said. “I think for our squad it was one of those games that we knew we had to come into with intensity, and we did that. But it’s that thing again where we can’t compete an entire game. We lost the game in the second quarter, and that’s what killed us.”
HPCA plays again Friday at home against Forsyth Country Day while Wesleyan plays on Tuesday at Forsyth Country Day.