Unbeaten in conference play, the Tigers appeared poised to remain that way with the playoffs fast approaching.
But Bell, which had won five straight coming in, held Wilson to six first-quarter points and held on for a 43-42 win. In one stretch the Tigers missed nine consecutive layups according to White.
“We played horrible,” White said. “We played them before and we felt like we would go in as world leaders. I tried to explain to the girls that you beat Anacostia three times and you’ve beaten Bell. They’re going to be ready.”
The loss creates a tie atop the District public school standings with Bell (10-10, 6-1). Wilson senior and leading scorer Mercedes Suarez (16.5 points per game) suffered a twisted ankle and a bruised knee injury in the loss, but still managed to score a game-high 16 points.
The swelling in Suarez’s knee has subsided, but she said she’s in a lot of pain when she puts pressure on the ankle. She will be a game-time decision for Tuesday’s game against Ballou.
Suarez stayed off her feet and iced her knee and ankle over the weekend. She will get ultrasound treatment Monday and Tuesday, and the 6-foot forward said there is an 80 percent chance she will be able to play against the Knights.
If she isn’t able to suit up, the other four starters will have to carry a larger scoring load while Tytilayo Green will be counted on for another big night. Green scored a career-high 27 points including six three-pointers in the Tigers’ 68-46 win at Ballou on Dec. 16.
“We have to execute, play defense harder and attack the basket if she’s not going to be in the game,” Green said. “She’s our force inside, so we can’t allow second and third chances, and we have to attack and play big.”
Wilson (12-6, 7-1) will not see Bell during its seven remaining regular season games, but the two could meet again in the DCIAA playoffs later this month.
“We have to focus,” Suarez said. “We’ve lost a lot of focus the last couple of games. We have to come out and know what we have to do and see to it that we do it.