Taylor Wilson’s huge night helps Carroll become Lansdale’s top Catholic for perfect PCL grade – PA Prep Live


LANSDALE >> Taylor Wilson knew it was going to be a good night as soon as she and her team at Archbishop Carroll started their warm-up.

She didn’t realize how good a night would be for her, but all of Wilson and the rest of the Patriots were worried as they hit the ground running for the first time at Lansdale Catholic, it was perfection. They had won their first nine games in the Philadelphia Catholic League and they really wanted to put the final tally in the win column.

Behind a great night, 29 points worth one, Archbishop Carroll beat the Crusaders 62-29 on Thursday to secure a perfect PCL regular season.

“The way we’re warming up is the way we’re going to play in the first quarter, we had a great warm-up and that really gave the momentum that we were 9-0 down and we wanted to be unbeaten,” Wilson said. “We wanted to win every game in the league, so that energy is what drove us.”

It’s not like a big game was a rare occasion for Wilson, and the junior had even made her way to the LC student section’s full scouting report. Just before the junior took the opening tip, someone shouted “Number 22 can shoot” in reference to Wilson’s uniform number and 10 seconds later she converted a lay-up thanks to an assist of his sister, the second Brooke Wilson, to prove them right.

The elder Wilson scored the Patriots’ first 10 points, assisted the next field goal and then scored again as Carroll (15-4, 10-0 PCL) knocked out the Crusaders defense in a 17-minute first quarter -5. Taylor Wilson was the beneficiary of that on Thursday and she smartly thanked her teammates for getting her the ball as the Patriots assisted seven of their eight in the frame while noting that was just the result of Carroll’s success as a team at both ends of the field.

“I worked on my post moves a lot and (LC) are a small team so that definitely helped me, but I also can’t score without my teammates giving me the ball,” Wilson said. . “We have grown so much, we work so hard every day in training and we always work on team things, like team defense and team attack. We don’t run our games on just one person, every game a new person scores. »

Taylor Wilson was also stunningly efficient, hitting 13 of 17 shots she took while also contributing six rebounds, two assists and two steals. She also had the hit of the game, saving a missed play in the final act of the first half to walk away and sink a 3-pointer with just tenths of a second left that sent the Patriots to the break with a 32-13 lead. .

“I knew from the start that it was going to be a good game and that we were ‘in’ tonight, but that sealed it,” Wilson said. “We were really into this game and we wanted to win it.”

If Carroll is scoring as a team, then he most definitely is defending as a team. Early on, the Patriots made it extremely difficult for the Crusaders (14-6, 7-3 PCL), who still had a chance to move up to the PCL’s third seed coming into play.

Patriots senior Grace O’Neill didn’t give LC sniper Olivia Boccella much light to shoot and after Brooke Wilson committed a few early fouls, Meg Sheridan took over to keep Gabby Casey dynamic from the Crusaders. Casey, who had plagued PCL competition this season, finished with just 10 points in part because of frustratingly effective defense from Sheridan and the rest of the Patriots.

The junior didn’t score a point, but her efforts were no less vital than any of Wilson’s 29 goals.

“She’s an amazing player, I’ve seen all the stats and watched her play on film, but I think a lot of people can frustrate them just by being physical against them,” Sheridan said. “Sometimes it gets into people’s heads. Making sure she doesn’t win the ball has to be the main objective, but I know my teammates will always be there to help me.

Although the night didn’t go well overall for the Crusaders, they did get a good effort from rookie Saniyah Littlejohn. The guard scored eight points and five steals and was effective at clearing defenders from the dribble.

Lansdale Catholic positions itself as the No. 4 seed for the playoffs and is expected to face a rematch with Neumann-Goretti in the quarterfinals. The Saints (5-4 PCL) have one league game left but beat Conwell-Egan (5-5 PCL), giving them the tiebreaker for the No. 5 seed if they end with identical records .

The Crusaders host Nazareth Academy on Saturday for Senior Day to close out the regular season.

Wilson didn’t need a huge second quarter, scoring just six points including the buzzer-beater, but she picked up right away in the third. She totaled 11 points in the frame, including a pair of drives and one as the Patriots virtually put the game away with a 24-8 advantage in the frame.

Getting through the PCL grind without losing the league is a tough achievement. Lansdale Catholic had a perfect 10-0 record in the Blue Division in the 2019-20 season when the PCL experimented with a two-division system, but the last team to go undefeated in the entire league roster was Neumann- Goretti in 2017-18.

While the ultimate goal is to return to the Palestra and lift the PCL championship, the Patriots aren’t just throwing off their regular season efforts either.

“It’s a testament to all the work we’ve done, it’s a huge achievement and I couldn’t be prouder,” Wilson said. “I couldn’t have wanted to do it with a better girl group.”

Having beaten everyone in the league during the regular season, the Patriots know they have become the team to beat going into the playoffs.

“We have the target,” Sheridan said. “We just try to stay calm about it, do our best and do our best. When we’ve done this, we’ve usually been able to get away with it.

ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 12 20 24 6 – 62

LANSDALE CATHOLIC 5 8 8 8 – 29

AC: Brooke Wilson 4 1-2 9, Taylor Wilson 13 2-4 29, Grace O’Neill 2 2-2 8, Maggie Grant 1 0-0 3, Chloe Bleckley 1 0-0 2, Courtland Schumacher 2 0-0 6, Machaela Henry 2 1-1 6. Totals: 25 6-9 62

LC: Saniyah Littlejohn 4 0-1 8, Nadia Yemola 1 0-0 2, Olivia Boccella 0 1-2 1, Lauren Edwards 1 0-0 2, Gabby Casey 4 2-4 10, Cassidy Saulino 2 1-2 6, Sam McHugh 0 0-1 0. Totals: 12 4-10 29

3 points: AC – O’Neill 2, Grant, T Wilson, Henry, Schumacher

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