SALISBURY — Wicomico High’s boys’ basketball team asserted its dominance over North Caroline Thursday in a 77-28 drubbing.
Wicomico (9-0) dictated the game from the opening tip, jumping to a 21-2 lead and never looking back. The Indians had everything working in all facets of the game, while North Caroline (4-4) couldn’t get anything to fall.
The Indians were successful in making a statement to the North Bayside about who’s won the Bayside Conference the last two years.
“Being as it was a North team that’s a 2A team, like us, and they’re in our region, we sort of wanted to send a message to the North,” Wicomico head coach Butch Waller said. “That message was a subtle message to Queen Anne’s as well.”
Wicomico relied on big games from sophomore guards Tawain Hardy and Antwan Wilson, who put up 24 and 20 points, respectively. Those figures were both achieved in three quarters as the Indians emptied the bench in the fourth quarter.
The Indians played stingy defense all game as well. Their lead was built and sustained by forcing turnovers and turning them into points.
Waller said North Caroline is a better team than this score reflected, and noted Bulldogs head coach Steve Perry told him they’ll meet again at the Bayside championship.
“It’s a classic example of jumping on a team early,” Waller said. “You never can count on that. You hope that happens. But I think we broke their spirit a little bit. It would happen to anybody. I’m sure they’re better than that. But from our point of view, we did exactly, tonight, what we’ve been working on: stronger rebounding and better man-to-man defense.”
The Bulldogs struggled to get good looks from outside all night. When they went inside to senior big man Kendron Wayman, the Indians had the size and skill to provide resistance and alter his shots.
Perry said his team just wasn’t prepared for the game.
“We weren’t ready to play,” Perry said. “We let them dictate the game. We weren’t hitting anything and they were hitting everything. We didn’t play enough defense, we didn’t play on offense, we didn’t do anything. The score showed. We deserved our butt-whipping tonight.”
This loss came on the heels of a big win Tuesday, when North Caroline handed Queen Anne’s its first loss of the season. Perry didn’t put any thought toward his team’s up-and-down week, just asserting they’ll learn from the lopsided loss.
Waller said this will help the Bulldogs in the long run.
“It was a good night for us. We can enjoy it,” Waller said. “I’m sure their trip back will be a little negative, but they’ll regroup. And they’ll probably be a better team for it, because I’m sure they’re better than that score. No doubt about it. Steve’s a very good coach.”
Both schools play next on Tuesday, with Wicomico at Mardela and North Caroline at St. Michaels.
Easton 65, Kent County 54
WORTON — Shawn Warner scored 17 points and Ryan O’Connor added 13 to lead the Warriors. Nysheir Youmens finished with 11 points for Easton.
Cambridge-SD 62, Kent Island 53
STEVENSVILLE — Daja Jackson had 18 points as the Vikings ended the Buccaneers’ six-game win streak while handing them their first North Bayside loss.
Vejon Ashley had 14 points for Cambridge-South Dorchester and Donald Banks finished with 11.
Queen Anne’s 84, St. Michaels 34
ST. MICHAELS — K.J. Smothers netted a team-high 21 points as the Lions rebounded from Tuesday’s loss to North Caroline.
Jackson Williams scored 17 for the Lions, who got 11 points from Jy’meir Gibson, and 10 points apiece from Joe Hoxie and SyRus McGowan.
Colonel 75, N. Dorchester 59
AMERICAN CORNER — Diante Dickerson’s 24-point performance paced the Colonels.
Jauchan Wilson-Green scored 11 points for Colonel Richardson, and Jaylin Duncan had 10.
North Dorchester’s Gary Pledger led all scorers with 27 points.
Easton 71, Kent County 34
EASTON — Myia Jeter had 26 points and Lily Osborne scored 18 to lead the unbeaten Warriors.
Emily Griffith finished with 14 points for Easton.
Queen Anne’s 58, St. Michaels 21
ST. MICHAELS — Kendal Moxey totaled 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Jiyah Hollis added a 10-point, 11-rebound effort to lead the Lions.
Kent Island 53, Cambridge-SD 38
CAMBRIDGE — TeTe Freeman had a team-high 16 points and Blair Goodrich scored 14 as the Buccaneers bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to Easton.
Kenya Jones led the Vikings with 22 points.
N. Dorchester 62, Colonel 46
SHILOH — Bre Cephas scored 38 points to power the Eagles.
Wicomico 59, N. Caroline 45
RIDGELY — Kandice Thomas had 18 points and Tahlyiah Thomas finished with 10 as the Bulldogs fell to Wicomico. Camryn Pepper had nine points for North Caroline.