WYBL Championships: Fitness Unlimited takes off late, claims championship

Published 6:34 pm Saturday, March 3, 2018

It took Tayloe Drug until 30 seconds left in the first half to get on the board in Saturday’s 7-10 girls championship. Its defense helped keep it in reach, but Fitness Unlimited outscored its opposition, 10-2, in the fourth to win the championship, 30-16.

Avery Thomas and Tamya Smith helped Fitness Unlimited to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. Smith’s presence on defense proved troublesome for Tayloe Drug.

Fitness Unlimited’s offense sputtered after the first quarter, though. It got multiple chances on many possessions, but only had two makes in the second period.

Kaziya Satchell grabbed a rebound and put it back up for Tayloe Drug’s first make of the game. Even though it trailed 12-2 at halftime, Tayloe Drug seemed to hit its stride in the third.

Shamaine Johnson was the catalyst for a Tayloe Drug offense that outscored Fitness Unlimited, 12-8, in the third. Peyton Williams’ two makes helped Fitness Unlimited stay afloat. Jamie Perez and Thomas each had a bucket, too.

But Tayloe Drug got another basket from Johnson to close the deficit to four, 20-16, early in the fourth. Her side wouldn’t get any closer, though, as that was its only make in the final 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, Smith, Thomas, Perez and Jordyn Riddick all contributed to help Fitness Unlimited seal the title win.