Wilson started and finished strong against Cleveland, but it was the middle quarters that haunted the Lady Rams in a 60-53 loss to the Eagles at the King Holiday Hoopfest at Seattle Pacific University this morning.
Point guard Kaysha Fox helped the Rams shoot out to an 11-4 lead with a couple of early steals and four early points, and Bethany Montgomery capped a solid first quarter with a three-pointer to make it 17-9. But Cleveland crept back into the game in the second quarter, as Myzhanique Ladd and Makayla Roper hit three-pointers on back-to-back possessions with under two minutes left in the half to give the Eagles their first lead at 27-26.
The Eagles went on a 22-5 run that spanned from the middle of the second quarter until late in the third, leading 41-30 when Fox drained a three to bring it back to single digits. But Cleveland continued to bring offensive and defensive pressure, getting their biggest lead at 56-40 on Ladd’s layup with just over five minutes left in the game.
Wilson then launched a 13-0 run to get back in it, as Montgomery – who led the Rams with 18 points – scored seven points during the streak. Violet Morrow’s put-back with 52 seconds left cut it to 56-53, and the Rams had several chances to tie it on their next couple possessions. But they couldn’t find the tying basket, and the Eagles were able to salt it away at the free-throw line.
Tia Briggs had nine points and 11 rebounds for Wilson, while Morrow had eight points and Fox tallied seven points for the Rams. Roper had a game-high 25 points for Cleveland, while Alexia Mefi had 12 points and Ladd added 10 points.