Eighth-grader Jessica Wilkinson had a little surprise when she got to Roy C. Ketcham High School for Red Hook’s 67-16 girls basketball win over Dover on Saturday in the consolation game of the Lisa Moray Memorial Tournament: her first varsity start.
Jessica and teammate and older sister Julianne are nieces of Moray, who was killed in a drunk-driving accident with friend Meghan Wood behind the wheel on June 18, 2008, at age 22, weeks after Moray graduated from Sacred Heart University.
“I was really excited and I was happy,” said Jessica Wilkinson, who had a career-high 12 points. “I was really excited to get to play on my aunt’s court.”
Red Hook coach Pam White said she decided to start the Wilkinsons together late Friday.
“I’m thrilled they both played well and they could be on the court together,” White said. “Life’s too short.”
Julianne Wilkinson, a junior, is impressed with her sister’s progress.
“She’s doing great,” said Julianne Wilkinson, who scored a game-high 18 points, a day after scoring 27 points in Friday’s first round. “She’s scoring and playing defense and meshing with the team well.”
Julianne Wilkinson and Dover’s Cassandra Drogan (team-high seven points) were named to the All-Tournament Team. Red Hook’s Kyla Gabriel chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds.