WILDWOOD — On the night where Wildwood High School was honoring former girls basketball coach Dave Troiano with a plaque, the team honored him with a win.
The Warriors' dominant first-half performance led them to a 52-26 win over Pennsville in a Tri-County Conference Classic Division game Tuesday.
Maddie McCracken scored 21 points with seven rebounds to lead the Warriors. Jenna Hans scored 13 points with two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Tracey Young scored seven points with eight rebounds.
Wildwood led 14-2 after the first quarter and 28-8 heading into the break. They forced a ton of turnovers in that half.
"I'm very pleased with the defensive effort, but offensively we need to get better," coach Teresa Cunniff said.
Wildwood improved to 15-7. The Warriors have already captured the third seed in the S.J. Group I tournament, which starts Feb. 26 against Buena Regional.
Wildwood is hoping to repeat as S.J. Group I champions.
"They have to rest their bodies, get better in practice, focus and take it one game at a time like I've been saying all season," Cunniff said.
Pennsville;2 6 10 8—26
Wildwood;14 14 10 14—52
P—Battersby 4, Cooksey 8, Smith 4, Hartman 2, Johnston 2, Zullo 4, Pasquale 2.
W—Benichou 1, Corujo 2, Hans 13, Keoughan 2, Lugo 4, McCracken 21, Rios 2, Young 7.
3-pointers—Hans (2) W.
Records—Pennsville 12-9; Wildwood 15-7.