BURNEYVILLE — At ease against the Turner Falcons’ 2-3 zone, Wilson made four three-pointers in the second quarter.

That marksmanship from distance allowed Wilson to nearly double its lead, and the Eagles defeated Turner 59-39 in the Eagles’ season opener Thursday.

Wilson senior Mason Sanders hit two of those triples — one in transition, and another from the left corner in the half-court — which helped Wilson increase its lead from 15-4 to 32-12 at the break.

Hunter Chapman led Wilson (1-0) with 13 points. Sanders chipped in eight, all in the second quarter.

In coach Josh Talley’s second year, Sanders said he and his teammates are far more comfortable with Talley’s system and expectations. 

“In practice, we do a lot of spacing,” Sanders said. “A lot of skip passes. Seeing before we actually get the ball. That’s what he (Talley) preaches to us: See the floor you ever get the pass. If you get the ball, and then look, it’s too late. You’re not going to be able to get the pass that you want through.

“We’ve become a lot more disciplined in our passing and in our court awareness, where the opening gaps are.”

Wilson pressured Turner’s ball-handers, and Turner coach Shane Wolfe said his young backcourt got something resembling the deer-in-the-headlight look.

Turner got a little more confident in attacking that pressure as the game progressed, and Logunn Griffin earned eight free throws in the second period, hitting six.

Dillon Mathis led Turner (1-3) with 11 points. 

Box Score

Turner: Dillon Mathis 11, Logunn Griffin 8, Dalton Ford 6, Henrique Silva 4, Jacob Stewart 3, Justice Hartman 3, Shane Wilson 2, Blake Addison 2

Wilson: Hunter Chapman 13, Trace McKinnon 9, Mason Sanders 8, Kylar Hunziker 8, Kyle Lamb 3, Tre Emerson 2, Dusty Asbury 2, Zach Campbell 2, Bryce Ferguson 2, Ty Throughman 2, Kaden Hunziker 2, Clay Hodges 2, Tanner Smith 2, Joseph Cantwell 2


Turner: Ford 2

Wilson: Chapman 4, Sanders 2, Lamb, McKinnon

Free throws

Turner: 17-24 and Wilson: 2-15