Wilfong has career high but Lady Bobcats still tumble to Wheeling, 77-64


WHEELING – Freshman guard Courtney Wilfong set a career-high with 21 points for the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats in their contest with the homestanding Wheeling Cardinals Wednesday evening in the McDonough Center in a Mountain East Conference contest.

Despite the best efforts of the Fairmont native, the Lady Bobcats couldn’t break their 13-game losing streak as they dropped a 77-64 decision.

Wesleyan led most of the first half but a rough third quarter did in the Lady Bobcats.

The two teams traded baskets early and were tied at 6-6 before Wilfong unleashed a three-pointer and Brittany Stawovy hit a jumper in the paint for an 11-6 lead.

A jumper by Nicole Gilyard pushed the Wesleyan lead out to seven, at 17-10, but Wheeling scored the final seven points of the quarter tying at 17-17.

With Wesleyan nursing a 27-25 lead with 4:14 left in the second quarter, Wilfong popped in a jumper and Gilyard scored in the paint, and after a trey by Wheeling’s Maura Castelluci, Wilfong launched another three-pointer and came back with a leaner in the paint to put Wesleyan ahead by eight, at 36-28, with 1:54 left in the half.

Wheeling’s Lilly Ritz ended the half with a lay-up, but Wesleyan owned a 36-30 lead at the break.

A pair of free throws by Gilyard pushed the Wesleyan lead back to eight to start the half, but Wheeling started to control the game over after that.

They went on a 10-0 run for a 40-38 advantage before Amira Layeni put a jumper for Wesleyan deadlocking the game at 40-40.

Wheeling went on a 7-0 run for a 47-40 lead before Stawovy put a stop to it with a three-pointer.

That left Wesleyan down by four, at 47-43, with five minutes remaining in the quarter.

Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer in the quarter as they trailed by seven, at 55-48, heading into the final stanza.

The Lady Bobcats started the fourth quarter with Stawovy going inside for a lay-up and Wilfong putting in a basket to trim the deficit to three points, at 55-52.

Wheeling went on an 8-0 run to open up an 11-point lead, at 63-52, with 6:36 remaining in the contest.

Trailing by nine with four minutes left, Gilyard nailed a jumper and Stawovy scored in the paint to keep Wesleyan down by just five, at 67-62, with 2:31 remaining.

The Lady Bobcats couldn’t stop another run by Wheeling as they went on a 10-0 run over the next 90 seconds for a 77-62 lead.

Wilfong ended the game with a jumper at the buzzer.

Gilyard followed Wilfong in the scoring column for the Lady ‘Cats with 16 points.

Lilly Ritz had a game-high 25 points and 19 rebounds to lead Wheeling.

Khira Burton added 23 points for Wheeling.

Wheeling improved to 7-12 overall and 6-7 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 3-16 overall and 1-12 in the MEC.

The Lady Bobcats will play again today when they host West Liberty at 2 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                    17  19  12  16 – 64

Wheeling                                                                           17  13  25  22 – 77

West Virginia Wesleyan 64

Courtney Wilfong 9-12 1-2 21; Nicole Gilyard 7-14 2-2 16; Brittany Stawovy 4-12 0-0 9; Amira Layeni 4-10 0-0 8; Abi Gabauer 2-6 2-2 6; Cydney Lapczynski 1-2 0-0 2; Malaika Kimmons 1-2 0-0 2; Cierra Tolbert 0-8 0-0 0; Imani Jackson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-66 5-6 64.

Wheeling 77

Lilly Ritz 12-16 1-3 25; Khira Burton 8-17 5-6 23; Taliah Cashwell 6-14 0-0 13; Maura Castelluci 2-3 0-0 5; Jacqui Hinesmon 1-1 2-2 4; Lauren Lipscomb 1-10 0-0 2; Iyauna Bonner 1-1 0-0 2; Alysa Edwards-Frick 0-2 1-2 1; Lauren Calhoun 0-1 1-2 1; Kelsi Chapman 0-2 1-2 1; Emily Holzopfel 0-3 0-0 0; Hawks 0-0 0-0 0; Tori Harrison 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-70 11-17 77.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Wilfong 2-4; Stawovy 1-4; Layeni 0-4; Gabauer 0-2; Gilyard 0-1; Lapczynski 0-1. Totals 3-16; Burton 2-5; Castelluci 1-2; Cashwell 1-3; Lipscomb 0-4; Chapman 0-2; Ritz 0-1; Holzopfel 0-1. Totals 4-18.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 8; Gabauer 7; Layeni 6; Tolbert 6; Stawovy 3; Kimmons 3; Wilfong 1; team 1. Totals 35; Wheeling: Ritz 19; Cashwell 5; Edwards-Frick 5; Lipscomb 3; Chapman 3; Hinesmon 2; Holzopfel 2; team 2; Burton 1; Bonner 1; Calhoun 1. Totals 44.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 6; Wilfong 4; Gilyard 1; Layeni 1; Tolbert 1. Totals 13; Wheeling: Cashwell 5; Ritz 2; Burton 2; Holzopfel 2; Hinesmon 1; Limpscomb 1; Castelluci 1; Bonner 1. Totals 15.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 3; Stawovy 1; Layeni 1; Gabauer 1; Kimmons 1. Totals 7; Wheeling: Cashwell 4; Lipscomb 3; Ritz 2; Burton 1. Totals 10.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 2; Stawovy 2. Totals 4; Wheeling: Ritz 1; Cashwell 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 17; Wheeling: 13.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 17; Wheeling: 7.

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