Wilkerson excels on both ends of the court

Bucs' senior scores a team-high 17 points, makes the game's biggest defensive stop
Matt DeYoung
Mar 17, 2013

Game in and game out, Grand Haven senior Hannah Wilkerson draws the thankless task of trying to contain the other team’s leading scorer.

On Saturday, in the Class A state championship game against Grosse Pointe South, Wilkerson was charged with slowing down the Blue Devils’ dynamic sophomore, Cierra Rice.

Rice managed to score 24 points against the Buccaneers, a testament to her amazing ability, considering many of those points came while being hounded by Wilkerson.

Despite all the energy she spent on the defensive end, Wilkerson still had enough left in the tank to give her team a much-needed boost on offense.

Wilkerson, the Bucs’ second-leading scorer of the season at just over 10 points per game, poured in a team-high 17.

Without a doubt, the effort took a lot out of her.

“We were walking into halftime and I was like, I can’t feel my legs,” said Wilkerson, who will continue her basketball career at Ferris State University. “But the adrenaline kicked in, playing on that floor in front of all of Grand Haven. It was just crazy.”

Wilkerson was one of the few Grand Haven players who possessed the foot speed to stay with a lightning-quick Grosse Pointe South team, and with South crashing the offensive boards and trapping all over the court, Wilkerson took advantage. She went 8-of-8 from the floor. Several of those buckets came on aggressive drives to the rim.

Read the rest of this article in Monday's Grand Haven Tribune.

Comments

Grand Haven Happy

Yes, Hannah Wilkerson was simply outstanding plus this year and she always had the toughest of the opponents to guard most every game.

I salute ALL the GHHS girls as played great, worked their behinds off, Played as a ture TEAM and look what it got them. Each one deserves high fives as they are NUMBER 1 and are the Michigan Class A State Champions and for the second year in a row. Best of the best! How much better can it get? A very elite crowd for sure! Take that any of you doubters! It certainly wasn't easy for them but together they did what few thought was even possible. So unselfish and it made every one of the girls a winner. Thanks for a superb season girls!

Sure looking forward to next year as the next year's team has seen what it takes and it's up to them to apply the lessons they have wittnessed for a few years now. I have very high hopes for next years team as they can be as good as they want to be if they work hard enough the be!

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