January 25, 2019
By: Erica Rose
It’s funny. Whenever I'm preparing for a game, I think I have an idea of the way a game should go based on records and past performances. Sometimes I am right and sometimes I am wrong. Well last night was one of those nights I was neither. I hadn’t seen either Wilson or Northwestern play this year, but I figured Northwestern would win fairly easily, based on their recent success. In the end, the team did pull away for the 60-53 victory, but it wasn’t due to a lack of effort from the Warriors.
Let’s start from the beginning when the Tigers opened up with a 14-3 run. At this point I thought this would be a quick game. But to Wilson’s credit they came storming back, thanks to the 3 ball which they are very good at (so really I shouldn’t have been that surprised.) By the end of the half the Warriors were only trailing by 2, and opened the 3rd with a 7-2 run to take their first lead since 2-0. At that point it felt like the tides had turned, but they did not. The Tigers called a time out and came out with a 14-0 run which pretty much sealed the deal.
There were two main things that stood out to me on Northwestern’s side. The first was their height advantage down low, which they clearly capitalized on. From the start they were drawing 3-point plays, and they were hitting their free throws. Their “big 3” combined for 47 of their 60 points, so it’s safe to say they dominated in the paint. The other thing that stuck out was the unselfish play. The Tigers passed until they found the open girl, something they were not doing earlier this season, and it definitely paid off.
Northwestern was the better team last night. However, if Wilson would have knocked down their free throws it could have been a different story. The Warriors are a good team as well, who have qualified for districts, so another matchup would be interesting to see, if it happens.