The College Heights Lady Cougars held Hannah Wilkerson under her season average with an old-fashioned stall, but the Miller Lady Cardinals prevailed anyway in the Class 2 District 10 semifinal on Wednesday night at Sarcoxie, 62-31. Wilkerson finished with 30 points in a game that required her to do little more than stand around in a zone defense.
College Heights showed the slowdown immediately after gaining the opening tip. The teams played through three ties to reach 8-8 with 2:26 left in the opening period. Wilkerson hit the first of a pair of free throws and then raced coast to coast for a layup in the final minute to give Miller the 11-8 lead.
Down 3 to start the second quarter, the Lady Cougars went to an all-out stall after Miller's Nicole Adams gave her team a 5-point lead on the first possession of the new period. Wilkerson retired to the bench holding a finger with 6:12 to play before half but returned at the 3:13 mark. She didn't miss much.
With Wilkerson on the bench, the score changed to 18-10 in Miller's favor. When she returned, she switched spots in the Lady Cardinals zone and played a more active role at the top of the key. That one change paid off when Wilkerson picked a pass in the final seconds and drove for a bucket with just two ticks left in the half.
|Miller led 20-10 at halftime.|
Wilkerson opened the third quarter with another layup, but College Heights answered with back-to-back treys, and Miller led by only 6 at 22-16. But the Lady Cardinals finished the quarter with a 9-3 flourish and reached the final break with a 31-19 lead.
|With the stall tactic gone as a viable option, College Heights was forced to play Miller straight up in the final eight minutes. Miller scored as many points in that span as they had in the previous three quarters combined, and the second-seeded Lady Cardinals blew out College Heights, 62-31.|
|Wilkerson finished with 30 and hit only a pair of treys in a frustrating night for the Miller star, but she played within the game plan and made sure her team advanced to the district final game against Purdy. Mission accomplished for one night.|
Miller scorers: Hannah Wilkerson 30; Nicole Adams 15; Betsy Epps 8; Kaitlin Johnson 5; Jessica McAdams 2; and Jessica Cook 2.
|College Heights scorers; Kelsi Bodine 11; Konner Mcintire 7; Kristy Green 7; Laura Szczepanik 3; and Stefany Benson 3.|