Yellowjackets top Ravenswood, 71-67

WILLIAMSTOWN – Kathleen Cornell tallied 10 points of her 12 points in the fourth quarter as host Williamstown outscored Ravenswood 17-13 to notch a 71-67 LKC North girls basketball win Wednesday night.

The teams entered the last period tied at 54 after Taylor Youell led a late third-quarter charge with seven points for the visiting Red Devilettes in the final 45 seconds, capping the comeback by knotting the count with a buzzer-beating trey.

But the Yellowjackets, now 3-4, quickly untied the contest at 56-54 on a Cornell hoop with 7:07 to play for a lead they never relinquished the rest of the way,

A pair of Cornell treys and sandwiched around a regular basket by her gave Williamstown a seven-point bulge, 68-61, with just 2:15 remaining and a Brooke Cieslewski bucket upped the lead to 70-61 at the 1:38 mark.

However, a 6-0 run by Ravenswood, now 5-4, in a span of 36 seconds closed the gap down to three at 70-67, culminated by two fast-break baskets by Youell, the second with 42.6 seconds left.

After the ‘Jackets lost the ball out of bounds with 32.8 seconds to play, Ravenswood’s Melonna Carmichael missed a trey try at 11.2 and the Devilettes also missed a rebound-bucket attempt with Williamstown then gaining possession and Cieslewski being fouled at 5.6 seconds.

She sank the first free throw and missed the second with Ravenswood rebounding, but not getting off anything but a desperation 3-ball that was short of the mark at the final buzer.

Kenzie Smith’s 12 matched Cornell’s point total for Williamstown, which also got 11 points from Cieslewski, and 10 each from Carley Ellison and Lauren Amos.

For Ravenswood, Youell collected 18 points, followed by Hailey Miller with 13, Carmichael and Hannah Murray with 12 each, and Taylor Treadway with 10.

”I was really proud of our kids on the boards tonight because we’re so small, but doing that really enabled us to get into our transition game,” said Williamstown head coach Fred Sauro. His team hosts Parkersburg Catholic Friday night in a battle of the fifth and sixth-ranked Class A girls squads in the state.

Cara Williams, whose Class AA No. 13 Red Devilettes continue their road treks this week with LKC North games tonight at Tyler Consolidated and Saturday night at St. Marys, noted that ”Williamstown made some shots tonight that were right at the best time for them and probably at the worst time for us.”