St. Marys sinks ’Jackets in OT

Williamstown’s Cullen Cutright tries to maintain possession with pressure from St. Marys players during a high school basketball game Saturday night in St. Marys. Photo by Ron Johnston.

ST. MARYS — Braden Barnhart came to the rescue.

The St. Marys point guard banked home a buzzer-beating shot from halfcourt to lift the Blue Devils to a 62-61 overtime triumph over visiting Williamstown in Little Kanawha Conference boys basketball action Saturday night.

“I looked at the clock and I knew I had three seconds, so I knew had 1.5 to get to halfcourt,” Barnhart said. “I got there, and I just threw it up — and got lucky.”

Sam Kincaid scored a game-high 24 points to pace the Blue Devils (5-2), while Will Billeter added 16 and Chris Riggs had 10. Barnhart finished with eight markers.

“Braden’s no relation, but I guess tonight I’d better claim him,” said SMHS head coach Mark Barnhart, whose Devils defeated the Yellowjackets earlier in the season at WHS, 68-62, also in OT. “To Braden’s credit, he didn’t give up. There were only three seconds, and we sent Sam (Kincaid) and Will (Billeter) long, and everybody went with them. When Braden got to halfcourt, he knew there was no further that he could go. I just take my hat off to my guys.”

Williamstown (7-3) was led by Isaac Brown’s 22 points. Late in the second quarter, the senior standout eclipsed the 1,000-point career total.

“It’s a good feeling,” said Brown of the career milestone. “But I hate to see a game end like that.

“St. Marys played a heckuva game, outplayed us, and hit a buzzer-beater.”

Josh Folwell added a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the ‘Jackets. Non-starter Boston Caruthers netted 13 markers.

“We had every opportunity to win again,” said WHS boss Scott Sauro. “Credit St. Marys, they made a great shot.

“St. Marys has beaten us twice, and they’re the better team. It is what it is.”