Eleventh-ranked Wilson pulled away from 14th-ranked Coolidge in the second half and held on for a 57-50 girls Interhigh victory last night before a full crowd at Coolidge.
Wilson improves to 11-2, 8-0 in the Interhigh. Coolidge is 12-3, 7-2.
Wilson was tied, 28-28, at the break, but fell culprit to the Colts' strong inside game of 5-foot-9 senior forward Corinne Carson (24 points) and nifty ball-handling from Patrica Frost (10 points, all in the first half). But Frost and Carson let up in the second half, allowing the Tigers to take control.
"We started to adhere to what we had planned to do," said Wilson Coach Horace Fleming. "We had planned to try and take Carson out of the game. We also told them to come out and hit the boards and they did. Rebounds are the key and we hit them in the second half."
"Wilson hit their free throws and we didn't," said Coolidge Coach McClinton Brown, whose team missed 18 of 26 free throws. "That was the difference in the ball game. If you don't hit them, you can't win."
Leading, 41-34, entering the fourth period, Wilson calmly made nine of 11 free throws down the stretch to hold off a Colts rally.
Wilson was able to build a 51-40 lead with 3:50 remaining on flashy spin moves by point guard Nadira Ricks (18 points) and soft long range jumpers from junior guard Cortella Jones (16 points).
But for the two minutes, Coolidge and Carson came back to life to cut into the deficit. Payquitah White quickly scored inside and Donna White sank two free throws to make it 51-44.
Carson swished a three-pointer from 22 feet to narrow it to 51-47 with 29 seconds left. Carson then made a steal at half court, but missed from the top of the key.