WILSON — Hosting a tournament can bring with it a set of challenges both good and bad.
WILSON — Hosting a tournament can bring with it a set of challenges both good and bad. The Wilson basketball teams were more than ready to face them head on though Thursday as the annual Black and Gold Classic tournament kicked off at Wilson High School. While the Lady Eagles faced off with the Ryan Cowgirls, the Eagles tried their luck against the Temple Tigers. Girls Ryan 39 Wilson 30 Through four games this season, the Wilson Lady Eagles have struggled to find their groove on offense. Unfortunately the trend continued Thursday night against the Ryan Cowgirls. A low scoring first half was almost overshadowed by a strong comeback as the Lady Eagles fell to their fifth straight loss to start the season. Wilson managed to grab the lead at 4-2 in the first quarter, but the Lady Eagles couldn’t maintain the advantage as the Cowgirls closed out the first quarter on a 7-0 run to lead 9-4 going to the second. Ryan began to pull away before the break as the Cowgirls went on a 12-5 run to close out the first half and lead 21-9 at halftime. As the second half began though, the Lady Eagles began to find a rhythm on offense and defense. Wilson managed to close to within nine points at 27-18 with less than two minutes to go in the third, before heading to the fourth down 29-21. It seemed like momentum was on the side of the Lady Eagles early in the fourth as Wilson closed to within four points at 29-25 with 6:33 remaining in regulation. Unfortunately, Ryan wouldn’t allow the Lady Eagles to get any closer the rest of the way as Wilson was sent to the consolation bracket. Katelyn Hacker led the Lady Eagles with eight points in the game followed by Destiny Colbert and Emma Brooks with six points apiece. McKinzee Gunter and Jaydn Brown had four points apiece for the Lady Eagles. Boys Wilson 47 Temple 18 After seeing their two-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night on the road, the Wilson Eagles got back to basics on Thursday, by earning a comfortable win against the Temple Tigers. Wilson raced out in front in the first quarter, scoring 16 unanswered points before Temple finally got on the board with 21 seconds left in the frame. The first quarter ended though with the Eagles well in front by a score of 19-3. Things slowed down before the end of the first half as Wilson scored 12 points in the second quarter, taking a 31-8 lead into the halftime break. A 10-5 third quarter kept the Eagles in front, before a 6-5 fourth quarter finished the game off, moving the Eagles to 3-2 on the season. Logan Schaaf led the Eagles with 15 points in the game followed by Luke Honea with 10 points. Braydon Miller scored six points with Caylen Fulton putting in five points for Wilson.