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Wilson Prep got hot early and ran North East Carolina Prep of Tarboro out of the Lady Tigers’ gym in a 63-12 varsity girls basketball victory Wednesday.
The Lady Tigers (7-1) jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead as eighth-grader Destiny Ainstead’s eight points on 4-of-4 shooting. The middle schooler finished with 31 points and four steals in the Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice Capital City-East Conference opener for WPA.
“Destiny always seems to amaze me,” Lady Tigers head coach Ashley Banks said. “She’s steady growing.”
Wilson Prep got a big lift from junior Trinity Mobley’s triple-double as well. The junior guard finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals.
“Trinity is an awesome ball player,” Banks said. “She’s a hard worker. She’s going to work on both side of the floor. She’s kind of what holds us together. “
During the Tiger’s seven-game win streak the hallmark has been the defense, allowing 23.3 points a game. On Wednesday night, Wilson Prep had 27 steals. The Lady Huskies, playing their first game, couldn’t get the ball past the Lady Tigers swarming half-court trap as the Lady Huskies had over 35 turnovers.
“Defense wins games,” Banks said. “You can get all the points you want in the world, but the defensive aspect is where you kind of where the rubber meats the road and things like that.”
A big help to the defense was senior Jadore Lucas-Barnes, who had the only block and charge taken of the night for the Lady Tigers to go along with her eight points, nine rebounds and six steals.
“Jadore is my clean-up girl,” Banks said. “She really gives us that charisma we need, that spunk. I’m on her a lot because she’s one of my captains, and she’s a senior, so I tell her she needs to outwork anyone in front of her, this could be your last time playing.”
In their second year of existence, the first-year head coach Banks is trying to instill a family culture that she hopes will take Wilson Prep far. Mobley believes the family like atmosphere is key to the team being better.
“We have a friendship, a close bond, so that will be able to help us with passing and shooting,” Mobley said. “It’s not like we like one person more so we pass it to the one person more than the other person. It helps having a bond and playing together.”
Banks doesn’t believe her team played its best tonight, but said she was “satisfied” with the girl’s effort. Though, the Tigers are just one win from matching last season’s total, Banks wants her group to stay humble.
“Despite what our record says, never get too big headed,” banks said. “Always look at how can I make my teammate better. What can I do to make the family better. I believe if we keep that family approach, it’s going to take us a long way.”
NORTH EAST CAROLINA PREP (12)
No names provided.
WILSON PREP (63)
Mobley 20, Robinson, Waddell 2, Lucas-Barnes 8, Ainstead 31, Watkins 2, Lusius-Reynolds, Warren
Score by quarters:
North East Carolina Prep 5 4 3 0 — 12
Wilson Prep 22 20 10 11 — 63