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.