ST. JAMES—Even though they have played quite a few games lately, the Williamsport Wildcats did not show any signs of being worn out on Wednesday night as they toppled the Saint James Saints 50-25 in a Washington County high school girls basketball game.
“We played well enough to win,” Williamsport coach Chris Malott said. “It wasn’t the smoothest of performances, but this was our fifth game in the last nine days. We were able to win four of those games.”
Freshman guard Kate Wade scored a team-high total of 15 points and made three steals for Williamsport (12-7). Junior center Hannah Kastelein had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Carley Robinson grabbed five rebounds, Erin Palmer dished off three assists and Connie Leung had three steals for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats made 10 of their 16 foul shots.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well, but we ran the floor well,” Malott said. “We still shot well enough to win. If you win by 25 points, then you can’t complain. I thought that we rebounded well. We were taller than them. So, we took advantage of our strengths.”
Junior guard Kerri Kline came through with game-high totals of 19 points and four 3-pointers for Saint James (6-15). Sophia Remley pulled down 10 rebounds, while Madison Fahey added six rebounds and three steals for the Saints.
“I was really proud of our girls,” Saint James coach Jim Fahey said. “We came out with a lot of fight and determination. Williamsport is a great team. They took away a lot of things that we can normally do. I thought we really had a good first half. It really hurt us when we couldn’t score any points in the third quarter. But I am proud of our players. We never quit or gave up. I thought that we played hard until the very end.”
Wade popped a pair of 3-pointers during the first quarter to help Williamsport jump out to a 15-7 lead.
By halftime, Williamsport had extended its lead to 26-15.
The Wildcats outscored the Saints 16-0 during the third quarter to pull away, increasing their advantage to 42-15.
“I love our team at this point of the season,” Malott said. “You always want to be playing well in the middle of February and I think that we are doing that.”
In the JV game, Alexis Cline scored 15 points to lead Williamsport to a 57-14 win over Saint James.
Williamsport 50, Saint James 25
Key 5, Strite 4, Wade 15, C. Robinson 5, Kastelein 10, Palmer 7, Coleman 4. Totals 18 10-16 50.
SAINT JAMES (6-15)
Fahey 2, Kline 19, Bruns 4. Totals 10 1-4 25.
Williamsport 15 11 16 8 — 50
Saint James 7 8 0 10 — 25
3-point goals — Williamsport 4 (Key, Wade 2, Palmer), Saint James 4 (Kline 4).