Troiano Honored Wildwood Basketball

Wildwood High School honored former longtime girls coach Dave Troiano, who won nine sectional titles and almost 700 games in 39 seasons. The High School basketball court was named in his honor. Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018. (Dale Gerhard / Press of Atlantic City)

Dale Gerhard / Staff Photographer

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.

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