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No. 5 Wilson struggles with No. 6 Bishop Blanchet’s Jadyn Bush in 62-56 loss

VIDEO: Jadyn Bush scores 33 to lift Bishop Blanchet past Wilson

Wilson had a hard time keeping Jadyn Bush out of the paint as the fifth-ranked Rams lost their first game of the season, 62-56, against sixth-ranked Bishop Blanchet in a nonleague game on Tuesday.
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Wilson had a hard time keeping Jadyn Bush out of the paint as the fifth-ranked Rams lost their first game of the season, 62-56, against sixth-ranked Bishop Blanchet in a nonleague game on Tuesday.

Michelle Birge took an early timeout to remind her Wilson High School girls basketball team of a film session earlier this week.

By the tone of her voice, it wasn’t a fun reminder.

“I’m going to try to say this the nicest way I can: The next time we show a film perhaps you can put your cellphone away … and perhaps you can pay attention to that play that just beat us three times in a row,” Birge told her team. “That’s one of the ones I showed you.”

Wilson’s slow start and Jadyn Bush’s 33 points and work on the glass for Bishop Blanchet lifted the sixth-ranked Braves to a 62-56 victory over the fifth-ranked Rams in a marquee nonleague matchup on Tuesday at Wilson.

The loss was Wilson’s first of the season.

Bush, a junior who came in averaging 21.3 points and 9.8 rebounds in four games played, scored 21 points in the first half in her first game back after missing the past two with what Blanchet coach Greg Bruns said was a bone bruise.

Wilson trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, with Bush running the floor, getting plenty of looks around the rim and put-back baskets.

“There is nothing more we could have done short of executing on the court and executing our game plan,” Birge said. “You set up A, B, C and sometimes on the basketball court they do X, Y, Z. I don’t know why.”

But Wilson still closed to within 56-52 with about a minute remaining when Josie Matz scored her 28th point of the game.

The three-year starting point guard for the Rams scored 18 points in the second half.

“I think in the first half we were all looking at each other to do something and in the second half I just said, ‘I have to do this,’ ” said Matz, who scored all but four of Wilson’s 13 points in the fourth quarter.

“It was just something mentally for me. I just needed to step up and do whatever I could to get a win. Unfortunately that didn’t happen.”

After Matz’s free throws, Bush hit two of her own on the other end for Blanchet (7-0) and Matz followed with a 3-pointer that just rolled out.

“That’s really a good win against a tough team,” Bush said. “They play a little bit different style and that was good for us to experience.”

A style that Birge believed was primed to hand the Braves their first loss, and get a piece of revenge after Blanchet beat Wilson in the state semifinals two seasons ago and on its home floor in a nonleague game last year.

Bush scored 10 of Blanchet’s first 12 points. She then scored Blanchet’s first nine points of the second quarter and the Braves built a 24-9 lead.

“That’s what she can do; she rises to the occasion in games like this,” Bruns said. “This is a real intelligent group of kids that are smart and play together and are really fun to coach.”

Birge said this game will provide a lesson going forward for her team on proper film-watching etiquette.

“We had a phenomenal game plan, but four of my timeouts were wasted just saying, ‘What are you doing?’ ” Birge said.

“I’m not sure we were mentally prepared for this game. I don’t mean that as a slight. I love my team. But we are going to learn some lessons from the way we attacked this game.”

TJ Cotterill: 253-597-8677, @tjcotterill

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