WAYNE - In a key Cardinal Conference match-up over the weekend, the No. 5 ranked Lady Pioneers topped No. 8 Sissonville, 49-44, after scoring twelve of the final eighteen points in the contest. The win helps build the Lady Pioneers build a resume to land a top-two seed in the upcoming girls basketball sectional tournament.
Wayne (17-3) was led in scoring by Sara Hooks who netted 13 points. Haley Wallace, Whitney Sansom, and Jasmine Tabor each were key contributors in the victory. Senior Lakyn Adkins was held to just eight points in the game, but Wallace chipped in eight of her own combined with seven each from Tabor and Sansom.
Injury and illness played a large role in the Lady Indian struggles. Cardinal Conference leading scorer Laila Arthur was a game-time decision after battling flu-like symptoms and fellow starter Lindsey Ullman was dealing with a sprained ankle.
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's Syndey Farmer gave the Lady Indians their first lead since the first quarter game, 38-37, when she sunk a layup shot with 4:53 to go in the fourth quarter but Wayne would respond with a swift six point run to regain the advantage for good.
Wayne rounded out the week of competition with an 82-64 win over Huntington Grace Christian on Monday evening to improve to 18-3 on the season. The Lady Pioneers will finish the regular season schedule as they host Scott on Wednesday Feb. 13.
HD Media reporter Ryan Pritt contributed to this report.
Fourth quarter fireworks
send Pioneers past Miners
WAYNE - What was just a six point deficit at halftime quickly turned into a forty-four point blowout loss for the Mingo Central Lady Miners in girls basketball action on Tuesday Feb. 5. The Lady Pioneers (13-5) used an unlikely 31-point run in the fourth quarter to cap off an 80-37 win in it's first home game since Jan. 7.
Wayne jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter as all five starters found the bottom of the net, but the physicality of the game seemed to lean in favor of the Miners. While Wayne bounced around underneath the basket looking for fouls, Mingo Central (6-15) used ball movement and 3-point shots to trim the Lady Pioneers lead from twelve points to as few as three before Senior Lakyn Adkins topped off the scoring with triple in the final minute, giving her team a 31-25 lead as they ran to the locker room.
Wayne raced the floor from the moment the second half began, using transition buckets and some cherry-picking from Alana Eaves. For the first four minutes of the third quarter, Eaves seemed to consistently place herself behind the Miners defense and set herself for an easy shot attempt, scoring the first eight points of the half. Mingo Central never recovered.
The Miners trailed 45-34 heading into the fourth quarter and that's when the Lady Pioneers took the game over completely, outscoring the visitors 35-3 in the final eight minutes. Mingo Central made just one shot and free throw in the quarter as it struggled to capitalize on its second-half possessions.