BEEBE — Inside beat outside Friday night as the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins scored almost at will in the lane in a 63-47 victory over the England Lady Lions.
India Wilson did most of the damage for the Lady Bruins (10-5), leading all scorers with 28 points. Wilson scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, with all five field goals coming near the basket and off assists.
“We felt we had an advantage down low with India and she was just about automatic in the fourth quarter,” Pulaski Academy Coach Ricky Treadway said. “She’s really growing up to be a nice player for us.”
England (15-4) stuck with its outside shooting, but couldn’t make enough long-range shots to keep pace with Pulaski Academy. Janeka and Jameka Watkins each made four three pointers for England, but shot under 25 percent from beyond the arc. Jameka led the Lady Lions with 22 points, while Janeka added 12 points. All of Jameka Watkins’ threes came in the second half as the Lady Lions tried to come back from a 34-18 halftime deficit.
England pulled as close as 44-34 early in the fourth quarter following a three-pointer by Aria Dunbar.
“England’s the kind of team that will kind of lull you to sleep, then hit three after three and suddenly they have the lead,” Treadway said. “I was never comfortable because I know what they’re capable of. They’re defending state champs for a reason.”
Pulaski Academy responded by getting the ball to Wilson time after time, allowing the Lady Bruins center to score nine of the next 11 points. Breanna Harris had five assists in the second half, with each one going to Wilson. Harris finished with 11 points.
Sports, Pages 23 on 12/31/2011