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’Jackets’ hot streak continues in win vs. Tyler

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Williamstown’s Lakyn Joy (10), who had a game-high 19 points, defends along with teammate Taylor Newton (4) as Tyler Consolidated’s Caleigh Phillips drives during the Yellowjackets’ 90-54 victory Thursday evening.

WILLIAMSTOWN — Lakyn Joy led five double-digit scorers with a game-high 19 points here Thursday night as Class A, No. 10 Williamstown ran past Tyler Consolidated, 90-54, in a Little Kanawha Conference West Division matchup.

WHS (7-3, 6-1) scored the first four field goals of the game, which included a pair by senior Keely Alsup, who left the affair early in the second quarter and didn’t return following an ankle injury.

“I think it’s all about habits. That’s what I was talking about,” admitted ‘Jacket boss Fred Sauro when he got on his team in the fourth quarter for their play. “Do it consistently all the way through.

“I was very pleased with our guys. They moved the ball, executed and I think our execution against a zone is really starting to come, but we need to get better against man-to-man.”

The Silver Knights (1-8, 1-4), who play Monday at Paden City, trailed 8-2 at 6:19 of the first after Caleigh Phillips found Lauren Templeton open inside for part of her 12 points. Phillips led the visitors with 15 points. She also double-doubled with a game-high 10 rebounds and contributed a game-high seven assists.

Following consecutive deuces by Phillips, the last coming via a Regan Smith (10 points) assist, TCHS only trailed 11-8. However, WHS ended the quarter on a 15-4 spurt to take control. Taylor Newton, who had 11 points and a career-high two blocks, started it with a 3 and Kayli Sauro (10 points) ended the stanza with a trifecta from a Nicole Reynolds assist.

“I worry because she’s such an aggressive kid and she’ll foul out every game,” coach Sauro quipped of the 5-foot-2 Newton blocking a pair of shots. “I’m just kidding.

“The littlest guy on the court gets two blocked shots. That (losing Alsup) is a big hurt right there. We need that guy. She’s our best athlete going to the rim and she brings a lot for us.”

A foul shot apiece by Emily Bailey and Aubrey Erwin was followed by another Newton triple as WHS went ahead 33-14 with 4:24 left before halftime.

After Sophie Folwell (12 points) made four straight free throws, Joy canned a triple for a 45-20 bulge. Although Landry Buchanan had back-to-back field goals, Joy ended the half with another bomb as the Silver Knights were doubled up 48-24 at intermission.

“We’ve played pretty good for our age and we’re getting better as we go,” said new TCHS head coach Tommy Phillips. “Our shots are coming along.

“That’s the most points we’ve scored all year. That’s our goal, get better before sectionals. We’re working our best.”

Georgie Inman added 10 points for WHS, which also got eight rebounds from Brittney Hooper.

The Yellowjackets, who forced 28 turnovers and went 12 of 36 from deep, will have their next game on Wednesday in Kidwell versus the Silver Knights.

Buchanan finished with seven points and Allie Miller six in the setback.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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