Sometimes sports clichés fit. The old adage “play through the pain” was pretty accurate as Snider beat Norwell 69-54 Wednesday night at Snider.
The Panthers had controlled most of the game, building a 13-point lead in the third quarter, but then starter Deja Wimby went to the ground. She had taken a hard fall and landed on her hip. After lying on the floor for several minutes, she eventually limped to Snider's bench with help from the trainer.
While massaging and talking to the trainer, Norwell made its move, trimming the 13-point lead all the way to down to three points.
Enter Wimby, limp and all.
First, she came up with the steal as Snider pressed Norwell. Then, she drove to the basket, made the layup and got fouled.
Finally, after coming up slowly from going to the ground again, Wimby sank the free throw and gave Snider a 6-point lead. The six points was as close as Norwell would be the rest of the game.
“I was just playing through it because I knew my team couldn't do it without me,” Wimby said. “So I knew I had to step-up and do something or the game would have been a totally different game.”
The critical steal, layup and free throw were just the beginning for Wimby's return to the court. Despite limping multiple times in the fourth quarter, the sophomore guard scored 12 of her 21 points.
“She's a tough kid, and I knew she was going to get back in the game,” Snider head coach Kelley Meiklejohn said. “Took her a second mentally, and then she stepped up and came back big.”
Wimby's scoring was just one part of a rounded defensive and offensive attack for Snider. The Panthers had four players score in double figures as Meredith Shipman, Karrina Smith and Destiny Parker all scored 12 points. A lot of these were dictated by Snider's full-court press that created turnovers and easy baskets in the fastbreak and secondary break.
“We like to wear teams down in the fastbreak as part of our game,” Meiklejohn said. “We also like to do that in every aspect that we can and moving the ball around and executing and attacking and getting as many people involved as possible will help us with that as well.”
Norwell made its run in the third quarter behind Hanna Smith. The sophomore sank four 3-pointers in the second half as part of a game-high 23 points, but the 12-point halftime deficit the Knights faced was just too much to overcome.
Part of Snider's large lead came from Norwell only hitting 50 percent of its free throws in the first half.
“Part of that is just the pressure (from Snider) because you get to the foul line and it's almost like you get there and you're shooting them tired,” Norwell head coach Eric Thornton said. “You know, it's great to get to the line but when you don't make those it's a little bit demoralizing, and you don't feel like you got what you should have out of that possession.”
SNIDER 69, NORWELL 54
Norwell 9 9 20 16 — 54
Snider 15 15 16 23 — 69
Norwell: Wilson 14, Frisch 6, Smith 23, Harnish 10, Isnogle 2
Snider: Shipman 12, Moore 8, Wimby 21, Eley 2, Smith 12, Parker 12, Carter 2