Wilson sophomore Tytilayo Green knew she would need to pick up more of the scoring load Tuesday night against Ballou with leading scorer Mercedes Suarez nursing a sore ankle. She didn’t waste any time.
Green scored the Tigers’ first seven points en route to a game-high 25 — her second 20-point outing of the season — and the Tigers rolled to a 66-40 win at home.
Freshman point guard Tu’ziah Hall also posted 10 points for the Tigers in a balanced scoring effort by Wilson as nine players squeezed into the scoring column.
“Those two girls have been solid for us all year. I just want Green to start playing better on the other side of the floor,” Tigers Coach Eric White said. “She’s a phenomenal shooter but she has to play the other end of the floor.”
Suarez was cleared just before tip-off with heavy tape on her ankle and a brace, but struggled from the onset. She finished the night with seven points, nine rebounds and three assists.
Wilson held a four-point lead at the half, but pulled away in the second half behind full-court zone pressure.
The Knights fell to 10-8, 4-3 in the DCIAA.
Suarez was pulled from the game with four minutes left in the fourth quarter and the game well in hand for Wilson (13-6, 8-1).
After the game, Millersville (Pa.) University assistant coach Darlene Newman inquired about the Tigers’ standout forward. She’s also receiving a lot of interest from Coppin State.
“I’m really proud of her and I’m glad she played because it showed me a lot about her desire to play the game,” White said. “It showed the rest of the team you have to be able to be unselfish.”