Wilson girls basketball defeats Gov. Mifflin in Berks I matchup

Jan. 8—Wilson defeated Gov. Mifflin 53-35 in a Berks Girls Basketball League Division I game on Monday at Shillington.

"It's a big one," Wilson coach Chris Gallo said. "It's a league win against Gov. Mifflin and Mike (Clark) always has them ready to play. I can't say enough about their effort. It was a battle and I was pleased with the girls battling."

Wilson (5-0, 11-1) got off to a quick start, as they were able to dominate the first quarter. After a three-pointer to start the game from Gov. Mifflin's Taylor Koenig, the Bulldogs answered with nine consecutive points.

Gov. Mifflin (2-3, 6-6) got two more baskets to drop before the first quarter ended and ultimately trailed 18-8 after one.

Wilson ended the second quarter on an 8-2 run and led 34-20 at halftime.

"Our key was to guard and rebound," Gallo said about his team's game plan. "They're going to fire and we couldn't let them get second shot (opportunities). So, for the most part, we held them the best we could to one-and-done."

The third quarter was a different story for both teams, as Gov. Mifflin started to mount a comeback. The Bulldogs' offense went stagnant as the Mustangs increased the tempo. Isabella Super hit a 3-pointer at the end of the quarter to cut the deficit to 40-30 with eight minutes to play.

"They gave a little more pressure to our guards," Wilson sophomore Laila Jones said of the slow third quarter. "They were playing a box and one on me. So, I have to get comfortable and I have to keep being a leader. Just tell them to slow down and play our game."

To start the fourth, Keira Estrada made one-of-two from the free throw line for the Bulldogs, then Koenig hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 41-33.

However, Gov. Mifflin could not come within striking distance, as the Bulldogs got their offense going late. Jones answered with a 3-pointer of her own and the Bulldogs ended the game on a 12-2 run.

"Felt great," Jones said about the win. "We felt like we could've completed a little more. Wasn't really our game but it's a way to perform... We feel like we're getting better at practice every day. Just coming to perform and taking it day by day."

For the Bulldogs, Jones finished with 18 points. Violet Houck also had 18 points. For the Mustangs, Koenig led the team with nine points.

"It's still early and we're just trying to keep getting better," Gallo said. "We'd like to win the division and that's got to be the goal first and foremost. This was a step in that direction tonight."