On a roll!!!: Williamstown girls pick up 8th win in nine games
WILLIAMSTOWN — Jayla Wiseman took care of the scoring, Sophie Folwell took care of things under the basket, Nicole Reynolds took care of the basketball and the rest of the Williamstown Yellowjackets took care of business Monday night as they used a huge third quarter en route to a big 58-47 win over the St. Marys Blue Devils to secure their eighth victory in their last 9 games.
After falling behind by five points after one quarter of play, the ‘Jackets trailed by just two at the break before out-pointing the Devils 23-7 in the pivotal third quarter to win going away to hand the Devils just their second loss of the season.
Wiseman tossed in a game-high 26 points while Folwell yanked down 13 rebounds and Reynolds dished out eight assists to lead the way for the winners.
“I think our girls learned a lesson about spacing tonight,” said longtime WHS head coach Fred Sauro, whose team notched their fifth consecutive victory.
“We didn’t run any kind of special offense we just spaced the floor and I think our kids really started looking for each other and we got on a great run.”
St. Marys took an 18-13 lead at the end of one quarter but WHS quickly cut into that lead and Folwell’s bucket in transition closed the lead to 20-19 midway through the second period.
The ‘Jackets were unable to pull in front but did manage to knot the score twice in the closing minutes of the half before a Lara Fetty bucket in the final minute gave St. Marys a 26-24 lead.
Despite leading for most of the first 16 minutes of action, St. Marys head coach Howie Meeks felt his team lacked energy from the very start.
“I just didn’t think we came out with the energy we have played with all year,” said Meeks. “These rivalry games you have got to come out with a little more intensity than we did tonight.”
Williamstown tied things up early in the third quarter on a Wiseman two-pointer but the Devils pulled right back in front on a base-line jumper by Alexis Hashman.
Georgie Inman’s basket pulled the ‘Jackets even once again but St. Marys got consecutive field goals by Fetty and Zoe Davis to extend their lead to four and looked prime to put together a bit of a run.
Unfortunately for Meeks and his team their was a run coming but it would be the Yellowjackets who would put together a spurt in a four-minute stretch of play that would change the whole complexion of the game.
Wiseman canned a 3-pointer to get the run started and followed that up with a pair of two-pointers, both coming on assists from Reynolds to give the winners a 35-32 lead.
Baskets by Aubrey Erwin and Folwell pushed the lead to seven before Wiseman knocked down her second triple of the quarter to give the ‘Jackets a double-digit lead at 42-32.
Reynolds made it a 12-point lead after coming up with one of her game-high three steals and finishing at the other end to push the “Jacket run to 16-0.
St. Marys finally ended the run when Fetty made one-of-two free throw attempts but the ‘Jackets closed out the period with a long three-pointer by Lakyn Joy to take a commanding 47-33 lead into the final quarter of play.
Wiseman scored 12 of her points in the third quarter alone.
“The reason was we were spreading and if you spread it and get it to her she has a lot of good moves that’s for sure,” said Sauro. “Offensively in the second half she really stepped it up.”
St. Marys would come no closer than13 points the rest of the way as Williamstown cruised to yet another big victory in a season which started with three losses in their first five games.
“The more we play together the more we are kind of in sync with one another and we are doing a lot of good things out there,” said Sauro. “This is a signature win for us and Friday night (Wheeling Central) was too…we’ve had three big wins in a row.”
Joy scored eight points for Williamstown (10-4) while Erwin added seven and Folwell finished with six to go along with her 13 boards.
Davis led the way for St. Marys (12-2) with 22 points, 15 coming in the opening half, while Fetty reached double figures with 10.
“They made some shots and we missed some shots but excuses are for those who come in second,” said Meeks. “Once Wiseman got them going in the third quarter they just shot lights out and we weren’t able to respond.”