Buffalo battles hard, but Wildcats capture victory

Wildwood center Kailani Lindsey blocks a shot by VHS forward Abby Duke in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.

The Villages High School and Wildwood Middle High School girls basketball teams had already met this season, ending in a result that skewed heavily in the Wildcats’ favor. The second time around, though, the Buffalo were determined not to let their in-county rivals walk off their floor with an easy victory.

While Wildwood eventually extended its winning streak over The Villages with a 71-50 win at the VHS Athletic Center Wednesday night, it was a significant improvement for Marquez Porter’s team over the 68-28 drubbing they took in December.

“Just our overall mentality from when we first played them to now, they’re believing that we’re a really good team,” said the VHS head coach, “and, when they believe and trust in each other, it gives us a chance to win every game.”

Porter’s counterpart, Wildwood’s Ryan Harrison, noticed the difference this time around, too.

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