’Jackets sting Devils

WILLIAMSTOWN -Williamstown has been in its fair share of track meets as a girls basketball team. However, for this year’s version that doesn’t necessarily translate to wins.

Take the two meetings with Ravenswood, for example. Earlier this month, the two teams combined for 165 points as the Red Devils posted an 11-point victory.

On Wednesday night at Williamstown High School, Yellowjacket coach Fred Sauro pulled back the reins at times and that tactic caught Ravenswood out of sorts for a 58-48 victory.

Melissa Cieslewski led Williamstown (9-6, 5-4 Little Kanawha Conference’s North Division) with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while freshman point guard Ashley Morris finished with 15 points and eight assists.

“With Williamstown, you know what you are going to face and coach Sauro had a great gameplan,” Ravenswood coach Cara Williams said. “He spread the floor on us and slowed it down a little bit, which is not typically what you get. They are pedal to the metal whether they are up 20 or down 20 – they are going full blast all the time, so tonight was different than what we expected.

“It took us some time to adjust to that. We were a little confused. So yeah, we weren’t ready for that.”

The output from Ravenswood’s top scorer was cut in half from the first meeting when Hailey Miller scored 36 points.

Last night, she picked up her third foul with two minutes remaining in the second quarter and was not as effective in the second half as Williamstown limited her to four points after intermission and 17 for the game.

Taylor Treadway and Kayla Scritchfield each pitched in eight points for the Red Devils (8-4, 4-3 LKC North). Treadway also registered five assists, five steals and a team-high eight rebounds.

“Ravenswood is just too fast,” Sauro said. “I’m just tickled to death our kids can play a couple of different styles. You’ve seen us fly like maniacs and now we’ve shown we can slow it down, so we are trying to teach these young girls a couple of different ways to play.”

Ravenswood missed its first 14 shots from the floor to open the game as Williamstown established a 7-0 lead. The Red Devils finally hit their stride by knocking down four of their final five shots of the quarter and pulling to within 11-10.

The second quarter quarter was practically a dead heat as the two teams exchanged leads 10 times. Cieslewski dominated the interior in the final two minutes, getting fouled twice and hitting all four free throws then getting a putback as the Yellowjackets took a 29-25 lead into intermission.

Kindsey Torris’ feed to Mariah Jackson opened the scoring in the third quarter and sliced the deficit in half to 29-27 at the 6:05 mark.

However, over the next three minutes Williamstown reeled off 13 straight points. During that span, Samantha Dedrick scored four points and recorded an assist on a bucket by Morris.

The gap ballooned to 15 points at 42-27 and Ravenswood never got within single digits the rest of the way.

“The difference is that we weren’t able to hit a shot in the second half,” Williams said. “Our outside shooting, shots didn’t fall.”