The Pioneers were led by a monster game from Tika Sallman
WRA played its first home game of 2023 against St. Joseph Academy who made it to last year's Elite 8 in the OHSAA Division 1 state tournament. Both teams traded baskets for most of the game. The Pioneers led 10-8 after the first quarter, and pushed the lead to four at halftime, 22-18. The third quarter was much of the same with neither team being able to pull away, heading into the 4th quarter with WRA on top 32-28.
A spirited effort on defense and rebounding allowed WRA to make a 9-2 run in the first 5 minutes, giving the Pioneers a 41-30 lead with 3:10 to play highlighted by a huge three point shot by Arianna Myers '23. SJA would not back down, countering with a three followed by some stifling defense, which cut the lead to 41-39 with a minute to play.
WRA was able to get a stop, and Jadyn Brenneman '24 knocked down the front end of a 1 on 1 to take a 42-39 lead with 28 seconds left. SJA was able to get free for a good look from three to tie the game, but it fell short. Brenneman secured the rebound and knocked down two FTs to secure a 44-39 W. The Pioneers were led by a monster game from Tika Sallman '23 who finished with 14 points, 20 rebounds, and six blocks. Mya Jickling '23 played one of her best games of the season, including a big and-one to extend the lead in the 4th.
The girls will travel to Pickerington Central HS for the Classic in the City on Sunday/Monday for games against Southwest Academy (Canada) and Dublin Coffman HS.