Sweep for Yellowjackets hoops
th its two guards sitting on the bench each nursing two fouls in the first four minutes of the game, Williamstown used an alternative method pull away from Wood County Christian in a non-conference boys basketball game Monday night at Wood County Christian School.
The post players in the Williamstown starting lineup accounted for 50 points as the Yellowjackets handled the Wildcats 73-29 and capped off a sweep of the host school.
In the first game, Williamstown’s girls stayed away from its patented full-court blitz in fear of the damage WCCS twin sisters Hannah Lord and Heather Lord could provide but still pulled out a 59-35 victory against the Wildcats.
“Those two guards are so good that we had to address it from the get-go,” Williamstown girls basketball coach Fred Sauro said. “I thought our girls did a tremendous job defensively. They are a good team. We lost to Tyler Consolidated by 22 points and several nights later I saw Wood County Christian defeat Tyler.
“But our kids just stepped up to the challenge, especially defensively in our halfcourt defense.”
Williamstown (8-6) held the WCCS shooters in check and won for the fourth time in as many tries when holding an opponent to 50 points or less.
The Yellowjackets led wire-to-wire after scoring the game’s first nine points, including four from Melissa Cieslewski. WCCS (8-5) fell behind 21-8 then began to make a surge with a 13-4 run in the final seven-plus minutes of the second quarter.
At halftime, WCCS was within four at 25-21 behind 10 bench points from Sophia Knolle. Knolle finished the game with a team-high 12 points.
A lid must have been placed atop the Wildcat basket in the second half because they made just 16 percent (6-of-38) from the floor after intermission.
Samantha Dedrick picked up the scoring slack for Williamstown and accounted for nine of her game-high 14 points over the final two quarters. She was one of five different Yellowjackets to score during a 10-0 run which originated late in the third quarter and extended into the early moments of the fourth period.
As the clock neared the seven-minute mark, the Yellowjackets led 46-28.
Also scoring in double figures for Williamstown was point guard Ashley Morris, who finished with a stat line of 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Cieslewski pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.
A bucket from WCCS freshman point guard Isaac Brown had this affair tied at 9 midway in the first quarter.
Williamstown (8-3) created breathing room when Chandler Weber knocked down a 3-pointer then had a putback on the ensuing possession. Another putback from Gage Wix with under a minute remaining in the opening period put the Yellowjackets in front 20-13.
After allowing WCCS (12-4) to shoot 50 percent (5-of-10) from the field in the first eight minutes, baskets came at a premium for the Wildcats in the second quarter. They made just 1-of-8 field goal attempts as the Yellowjackets outscored WCCS 23-3.
Landon Travis scored eight of his 14 points during the second quarter, while Weber had 16 points by intermission.
Douglas Ernest’s 3-pointer opened the scoring in the second half, but WCCS was limited to one field goal the rest of the third period as the Yellowjackets extended the gap to 57-21 by the start of the fourth period.
“The guys guarded well,” Williamstown boys basketball coach Scott Sauro said. “In the second and third quarter, I know Wood County Christian didn’t score much.
“(WCCS) is very well-coached -Dan Ellis does a fantastic job with this program.”
Weber led all scorers with 22 points, while Travis and Wix each added 14 points. Wix also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. Patrick Goff led WCCS in scoring with 11 points to go with nine boards.
“Williamstown has some real talent,” WCCS boys coach Dan Ellis said. “They shot the ball real well and rebounded the ball well. They just beat us in every facet of the game.”