Tuesday, February 3, 2004
By Crystal Parker
When Wildwood’s basketball programs moved from the Cape-Atlantic Conference into the Tri-County Conference Classic Division, there were a few critics wondering if they would survive a division with more formable opponents. The Lady Warriors have ruled the Classic Division for the past two years and have not lost a divisional game yet. Penns Grove, for the second time this season, tried to find ways to limit Wildwood scoring chances and the Warriors’ 13 game winning streak. Senior Jen Fetsick would lead Wildwood’s consistent play and capture a 51-38 decision against the Red Devils.
The Lady Warriors have been very impressive this season with their 15-1 overall record. They have been winning comfortable against all of their opponents they have faced so far and their only loss was to Vineland by 3 points. The Warriors’ success has them in first place in front of Glassboro and Salem in the division. Penns Grove is in the middle of the pack looking to win a few games to extend their season into the post season.
Throughout the first half, Asia Johnson dominated the middle by positioning herself inside for the offensive or defensive rebound. With those many chances to score, it was easy for Fetsick to make shot attempts from behind the three point arch. Wildwood stayed one step ahead of the Red Devils through first half and led 24-16 at the break. The Warriors would build a double digit lead, 44-34, with 3:58 remaining in the final quarter. Brynn DeGroff helped the team effort victory with 14 points and Fetsick finished with a game-high 20 points for Wildwood. Penns Grove had three players scoring in double figures, Tamara Watkins (12 points), Tiana Trader (11 points) and Joelle McPherson (11 points).
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