Wake Forest 44
by David Allen
WAKEFIELD — In spite of Kristoni Barnes being the high scorer of the night, the Lady Wolverines easily handled the Cougars in their second meeting of the season, once again coming away with a 53-44 win over their cross-town rivals.
In the first quarter, neither team had an edge over the other and they ended it tied at 12.
In the second quarter, the Cougars’s 1-2-2 zone was proving difficult for the Wolverines to handle so Wakefield head coach Art Wollett had his team hold the ball at the top of the key until Wake Forest moved out into a man-to-man defense.
“That formation was difficult and we didn’t want to play against it, we wanted them to matchup,” Wollett said. “I felt like we had an advantage in the post so we wanted to get the ball to Sarah Moody but we missed a ton of shots under the basket.”
“I told the girls, at the end of the day if you can grind out a game like this, it will help us down the road against these tough matchups,” he continued. “Everybody is shooting at Millbrook and Broughton, and I think if we can play our best we can play against Millbrook and I know we can against Broughton.”
Moody came up strong for Wakefield scoring 15 points which teammate Jordyn Cobb matched for a combined 30 points between the two upperclassmen.
The highest scoring player of the night however was Wake Forest’s Kristoni Barnes with 17 points
The third quarter again saw Wake Forest keeping pace with Wakefield despite the change up in formation. Keenan Surles sank two 3-pointers to keep the Cougars only two points behind the Wolverines, heading into the fourth quarter 32-34.
In the fourth, however, Wake Forest let Wakefield slip through its grasp when Cobb sank five out of seven free-throws giving her team a total of 17 points to Wake Forest’s eight.
“The game went how I thought it would for the most part,” Wake Forest coach Ben Daniels said. “I figured it would be a tough game that would come down to who executed better down the stretch and Wakefield did a better job than we did. Coach Wollett did a great job with his girls.”
“I thought we played well overall,” he continued “our first meeting was a great game that either team could have won and we expected a tough matchup. We really aren’t far away from having things click, but we are running out of time this season. Our goal is to finish the season as strong as we can, and be a tough team to beat.”
Wake Forest plays at Leesville Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Wakefield hosts Broughton Friday at the same time.