To say things are starting to come together for the Heathwood Hall girls basketball team is an understatement.
The Highlanders, in fact, are on fire since the return of A’ja Wilson to the lineup after the 6-foot-5 junior star sat out the first seven games of the season. During the Wilson-less span, Heathwood had a pedestrian 3-4 record. With Wilson in the fold, the Highlanders are 8-2 with the lone setbacks coming against Florida teams at the elite CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational tournament in Myrtle Beach.
How much does Wilson mean to the Highlanders? She is averaging 29.0 points, 14.8 rebounds, 6.4 blocks, 4.0 assists and 2.8 steals per game. Her presence has taken the pressure the carry the load off fellow juniors Victoria Dickerson (14.3 ppg) and Gadson Lefft (11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg).
Wilson rang up 48 points on 22-for-27 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds in 98-57 rout of Hammond on Tuesday – a verdict that left little doubt that Heathwood Hall is going to cruise to the SCISA Region 1-3A championship.
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The Highlanders (11-6, 3-0) close out the first half of the conference campaign on Friday at Ben Lippen and hit the road for the Lowcountry and a Saturday date at Northwood Academy.