No. 5 Wayne gets past No. 8 Sissonville 49-44
WAYNE — With Cardinal Conference — and Kanawha Valley — leading scorer Laila Arthur battling flu-like symptoms and fellow senior starter Lindsey Ullman dealing with a sprained ankle, Sissonville gave a valiant effort in a hostile environment Friday night.
But in rough-and-tumble Class AA, Region IV, Section 1, there is no time for — or use for — moral victories.
In ending on a 12-6 run, host No. 5 Wayne bolstered its resume in the race for a coveted top-two seed in girls basketball sectional play with a rugged 49-44 victory over the No. 8 Indians.
Sissonville (16-4), which fell into a nine-point hole in the second quarter, battled all the way back to take a 38-37 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but watched as five different Pioneers came up with points down the closing stretch on a night when stars from both sides were held in check.
“I felt like we kind of got stagnant there a few times and blew some opportunities,” Wayne coach Wade Williamson said. “We settled down and got in a good set a couple straight possessions there and finally settled down and executed a few things.”
Execution was also at a premium for both teams, especially on offense. The Indians hit just 15 of 58 shots from the field and Wayne wasn’t much better, going 19 for 52, including 4 for 21 from the perimeter. Wayne leading scorer Lakyn Adkins was held to eight points with Arthur limited to nine.
That opened the door for other players to shine and on the Pioneers’ side, it was Sarah Hooks who led the scoring with 13 points with eight from Haley Wallace and seven apiece from Whitney Sansom and Jasmine Tabor off the bench.
Wallace’s most significant contribution came on defense. Sissonville coach Rich Skeen nearly didn’t play Arthur, who had a temperature of 102 on Friday afternoon and hadn’t held down food since breakfast on Wednesday morning.
Her health certainly limited Arthur, who scored nine points and averaged just over 24 per game entering Friday, but so did Wallace who was stuffed in her hip pocket for 32 grueling minutes. Arthur, who spent every break in play with her hands on her knees, shot just 2 of 9 from the field and went 0 for 4 from the 3-point line, a place she’s usually deadly from.
“Haley is good for that stuff,” Williamson said. “She’s held other people down. We did a pretty good job on her, I know she’s not 100 percent healthy, but I certainly ain’t going to take anything away from our kids. We helped out well on her and made other people step up and make plays. We wanted to make someone else to try to beat us.”
Sissonville turned the ball over 24 times compared to 14 for Wayne (17-3), a trend that has cost Sissonville dearly in each of its four losses.
SISSONVILLE 15 9 10 10 — 44: Ullman 0-4 3-4 3, Bailey 3-10 1-3 8, Arthur 2-9 5-7 9, Bays 2-12 0-0 5, Farmer 4-13 0-0 8, McCutcheon 4-10 0-0 11. Totals 15-58 9-14 44.
WAYNE 15 14 8 12 — 49: Sansom 3-9 0-0 7, Adkins 3-12 2-2 8, Eaves 2-7 2-4 6, Wallace 4-6 0-0 8, Hooks 4-9 3-7 13, Tabor 3-9 0-0 7. Totals 19-52 7-13 49. 3-point goals — Sissonville 5-23 (Ullman 0-2, Bailey 1-8, Arthur 0-4, Bays 1-3, McCutcheon 3-6). Wayne 4-22 (Sansom 1-4, Adkins 0-8, Eaves 0-1, Hooks 2-4, Tabor 1-5).