HAYS - Leah Bishop had 26 points and 15 rebounds as West Wilkes defeated turnover-plagued East Wilkes, 72-41, in a Mountain Valley Athletic Conference semifinal game at North Wilkes High School Wednesday afternoon.
The Hawks led 19-8 after the first quarter and 44-10 at the half as East Wilkes committed 18 of their 32 turnovers.
The Cardinals didn’t quit, forcing 15 turnovers and outscoring the Hawks 31-28 in the second half. ShaNisha White had four steals and five of her seven points in the third quarter. Jada McCrimmon, before fouling out with 2:38 left in the game, had four steals and nine of her team-high 11 points in the fourth quarter.
The Hawks’ biggest lead came with 1:44 to play in the third quarter at 57-15. After McCrimmon scored with 3:37 left in the game, the Cardinals were within 27 at 65-38.
Bishop did her damage inside, scoring 18 points in the first half. If she missed a shot, he usually had the rebound and the putback.
The Cardinals came into the week with a five-game winning streak. They’ll now have to regroup after a one-win, two-loss week. East Wikes awaits the announcement of the pairings for the state tournament Saturday. Their opening game will be Monday.
West Wilkes will meet North Wilkes, a 57-42 winner over Wilkes Central, for the conference championship tonight at 6:30 at North Wilkes.
East Wilkes (14-11): Olivia Bullard 3-0-6, McKenzie Stokes 3-0-6, Lake Pardue 0-2-2, ShaNisha White 3-0-7, Chelsea Edwards 1-2-4, Kennedy Lester 1-3-5, Jada McCrimmon 5-0-11. Totals: 16-FG 7-12-FT 41.
West Wilkes (18-8): Erin Dancy 3-0-8, Laiken Lewis 2-0-4, Lakyn Rutledge 4-4-15, Elizabeth Huffman 5-0-11, Caitlin Lovell 0-1-1, Caitlin Shepherd 2-0-5, Leah Bishop 12-2-26, Alex Greer 1-0-2. Totals: 29-FG 7-20-FT 72.
EW 8 2 11 20 - 41
WW 19 25 14 14 - 72
3-Pt FG: EW 2 (White, McCrimmon), WW 7 (Rutledge 3, Dancy 2, Huffman, Shepherd). Total Fouls: EW 19, WW 13. Fouled Out: McCrimmon (EW). Technicals: None. Officials: Coe, Harris, Ferguson.