WILLIAMSTOWN - The beat went on for sixth-ranked Class A Parkersburg Catholic here Friday night as the Crusaders got a game-high 21 points from Jake Ullman and extended their winning streak to eight games by dispatching host Williamstown, 48-33, in a battle of Little Kanawha Conference North Division rivals.
The Yellowjackets led by as many as five points in the second quarter, but head coach Scott Sauro's club, now losers of seven straight, scored their final field goal with 22 seconds left in the third period and didn't have enough against the PCHS defense.
"Scott, he's a good coach and he makes you prepare," said Crusader head man Rob Strcula, whose team is now 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the North. "When they came out to the triangle-and-two, you got to win the game on defense in that situation then. It came down to the fact we got our offense through our defense.
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Williamstown’s Dakota Watson, left, defends against Parkersburg Catholic’s Payton Sturm Friday night. The Crusaders won, 48-33.
"That's what happened. Austin Luther played a great game and I told the guys you got to find ways to score when it's like this and they did. Payton Sturm stepped up and Brady Kurucz did a good job. It was an all-around good team win."
Luther scored both of his hoops in the first 49 seconds and Ullman got his first deuce at the 6:38 mark as the Crusaders jumped out to a 6-0 advantage. Jarric Hoskins, who led WHS (3-7, 2-3) with 13 points while teammate Hunter Neely tallied 10, connected on a trey from a Josh DeBolt assist to finally get the hosts on the board 27 seconds later.
Thanks to 'Jacket Landon Travis making a short jumper, the hosts had the game tied at nine apiece after one. The Crusaders missed seven straight shots at one point in the second period and WHS led 18-13 with 3:31 left in the half when Austin Hall found Hoskins open beyond the arc and he canned a triple.
Although the Yellowjackets had a 20-19 cushion at the break, the Crusaders took the lead for good just 25 ticks into the third quarter when Joe Padden (eight points) assisted on Sturm's 3-ball for a 22-20 lead.
Ullman, who tallied eight points in both the third and fourth quarters, had a pair of three-point plays as the visitors opened the second half on a 15-6 run to take control.
The big blow came after PCHS answered a Hoskins trifecta when Sturm ran down a loose ball and, before going out of bounds, flung it to Ullman, who made the hoop and the harm.
DeBolt, who had a game-high nine boards while Kurucz grabbed eight caroms, gave WHS its last field of the game on a putback. Sturm finished with nine points and a game-high four assists.
Parkersburg Catholic looks to continue its winning ways when the Crusaders head to Ritchie County Thursday. Williamstown travels to Ravenswood Tuesday .