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Generals take out Hornets
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FISHERSVILLE -- Senior leadership trumped freshman inexperience.
Stonewall Jackson seniors Michaela Koontz and Rhea Jett scored all 14 fourth-quarter points Friday night as the seventh-seeded Generals stunned the second-seeded Wilson Memorial Green Hornets 48-46 in the first round of the Shenandoah District girls basketball tournament.
Wilson, which plays four freshmen, had trouble adjusting to the bright lights and big crowd of postseason play. The Hornets went long stretches without scoring, which let the Generals hang around and finally pull off the upset in the final minute.
The loss likely ended Wilson's season with an 11-10 record, but the final determination for the eight-team Region B Division 2 tournament won't be known until after district tournament play concludes late next week.
Ahead 35-34 going to the final quarter, Wilson took a 40-36 lead when Lexi Deffenbaugh turned a steal into a three-point play with 3:19 remaining.
After the Stonewall (7-16) tied the game at 40, Kahla Mawyer drilled her fifth 3-pointer of the night for a 43-40 margin at the 1:46 mark.
Wilson had a 44-42 lead with until a minute to play when the wheels finally fell off. Jett hit two free throws for a 44-all deadlock with 50.6 seconds left.
Then Koontz made the play of the game for her team. With the Hornets running off clock, Koontz made a steal at midcourt and drove in the for the go-ahead layup with 25 seconds on the clock.
Wilson missed two shots at the tie before Whitney Harris was called for an over-the back foul going for an offensive rebound. Jett sealed the upset with two more free throws. Jett finished the night 15-of-16 at the line and scored 26 points.
"We played well and executed," Stonewall coach Jeff Burner said. "The outcome should not have surprised anyone that has watched us this season. We have been in almost every game. We made enough shots to win tonight, which didn't happen enough for us in the regular season."
The Hornets led 11-6 after the first quarter even though the Generals committed seven turnovers, which Wilson had trouble capitalizing.
A three-point play by freshman Jordan Sondrol at the 5:32 mark of the second quarter helped the Hornets open a 17-10 lead. However, Wilson then went on a five-minute scoring drought, enabling the Generals to gain an 18-17 with 1:12 left in the half.
Wilson regrouped to five the final six points in a three-point play by Lexi Deffenbaugh and a 3-pointer by Kahla Mawyer with six seconds left for a 23-18 halftime advantage.
Deffenbaugh's triple to open the second half gave Wilson its biggest lead of the game at 26-18.
But once again the Hornets went into a scoring drought as Stonewall went on a 9-3 run.
After watching the margin dwindle to 29-27, freshman Jordan Poole buried a 3-pointer and Deffenbaugh made a beautiful 360 spinning layup after a steal that hiked the lead back to 34-27.
But the Generals closed the quarter on a 7-1 spurt that trimmed the deficit to 35-24.
Mawyer finished with 15 points for the Hornets, while Deffenbaugh added 11 and Poole nine. Harris, the team's leading scorer, had only two, both on free throws. There were no seniors on the Wilson roster.
Stonewall advances to Tuesday's semifinals at EMU where it plays third-seeded Luray in the second game of the night.