WILSON — For a time, it looked like Healdton was going to find a way to upset a Wilson team with big aspirations this season.
Then the second quarter started.
Buoyed by a 15-3 second quarter run, Wilson overcame a sluggish start at home to stay perfect on the season and power past Healdton 71-59 Tuesday.
Wilson (3-0) trailed 17-15 at the end of the first quarter, with Healdton (0-1) able to hold big man CJ Ramsey to a meager two points.
Ramsey, however, quickly bounced back in the second, scoring nine points, and adding eight more in the third quarter.
By the time the 6-foot-7 senior fouled out at the 6:04 mark of the fourth, Ramsey had tallied 22 points for the game, including two 3-pointers.
"He's just got this unique ability to score from inside and outside," Wilson coach David McGuire said. "It makes him very tough to defend."
Wilson also got big nights from its two other seniors, point guard Blayke Hunziker and sixth man Brian Bond. Hunziker finished with 10 points, while Bond chipped in 13 off the bench.
"They're just great kids," McGuire said. "We've got great senior leadership that performs every night."
Despite a Wilson lead that was over 20 at one point in the fourth, Healdton put together a furious late scoring frenzy to bring the margin so close that McGuire was forced to bring back in his starters late.
While it didn't affect the ultimate outcome of the game, it was a positive sign for Healdton coach Charles Hough about the mettle of his team.
"I teach them every day, no matter what, to show heart and resilience," Hough said. "And they did that."
Chris Choate led Healdton with 15 points in the loss.
Fletcher has big night in Healdton opening win
WILSON — With fellow junior Mikaela Blakemore confined to the bench with foul trouble, shooting guard Morgan Fletcher picked up the slack, grabbing 21 points and leading Healdton to a season opening 50-30 win over Wilson.
"She's a great leader on the floor," Healdton coach Mike Phillips said. "And that's just what we needed from her tonight."
Fletcher and Blakemore were the dominant pieces of a first quarter that was all Healdton, grabbing 13 points combined as the visitors jumped out to a 15-0 first quarter lead that Wilson was never able to overcome.
"When you spot a team 10 points, it's really hard," Wilson coach Brian Wingfield said. "But it's early in the season, and those are kind of things we have to learn from."
Blakemore finished with nine points, but missed much of the third quarter with four fouls and quickly fouled out upon reentry in the fourth.
Page 2 of 2 - Olivia Howard paced Wilson with 12 points in the losing effort, while CayCee Griffin added 11 points.