By WILL ROBINSON
11:46 PM EST, January 29, 2013
Unlike its last game against Smithsburg on Jan. 22, Williamsport’s girls basketball team wasted no time asserting itself Tuesday, riding high over North Hagerstown 62-43 in an MVAL Antietam matchup.
The Wildcats (7-6, 6-4) started the game on a nine-point run and led 19-7 at the end of the first quarter. Victoria Key drained nine of her 16 points in the frame.
Williamsport started the second quarter in a similar fashion, as Carley Robinson and Hannah Kastelein ran a high-low post to eight straight points. The Wildcats were locked in on offense in the first half, shooting 13-for-17 for a 30-15 lead at the break.
“From start to finish we played a complete game,” said Williamsport coach Chris Malott. “I can’t believe we went 13-for-17 in the first half, considering we only scored seven points in the first half against Smithsburg. I can’t really explain it. Whatever it was, it was amazing.”
Meanwhile, North (4-8, 4-5) couldn’t find a rhythm on offense. The Hubs shot 6-for-18 from the floor, with Crystal McLeod scoring 11 of North’s 15 points. The Hubs also coughed up 12 turnovers.
Despite the first-half struggles, North started the second half on a 6-3 run, with buckets by McLeod, Kayla Peterson and Shelly Trumpower, prompting a Williamsport timeout. The Hubs eventually outscored Williamsport 13-11 in the third quarter, finishing the frame on a seven-point run to cut the deficit to 13 points at 41-28.
“This was a game of runs. We’d score a few, they’d score a few, but we responded well to their punches,” said Malott.
McLeod finished with a game-high 27 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, but the team play of Williamsport was more than North could overcome. Eight of Williamsport’s 11 players scored, with Key scoring 16 points and Kastelein finishing with a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double. Kastelein also had four assists.
“I want to give a shoutout to Hannah Kastelein,” Malott said. “Hannah has gotten more confident as the year has gone on. She’s finishing strong, shooting with confidence and she’s all over the boards.”
The Wildcats were all over the stat sheet on Tuesday with 26 rebounds, 22 assists and 10 steals as a team. Freshman Olivia Coleman had nine points, fellow freshman Kate Wade had eight points, six assists and four steals and Robinson had eight points and four assists.
“We played four quarters tonight for the first time all year,” said Malott. “We played so well as a team, it’s not even funny. We had balanced scoring, we passed well, and we did a pretty good job on the defensive end. Home court matters in this league, and tonight we defended it with a strong performance. We’re playing with confidence right now.”
Peterson had six points, four assists and four rebounds, Trumpower had six points and Khaliah Frost had five rebounds for North.
Williamsport 62, North Hagerstown 43
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (4-8, 4-5)
Williams 2, Peterson 6, McLeod 27, Trumpower 6, Harris 2. Totals 17 7-11 43.
WILLIAMSPORT (7-6, 6-4)
Grimes 3, Key 16, Strite 3, Wade 8, C. Robinson 8, Kastelein 10, Coleman 9, Palmer 5. Totals 24 9-19 62.
North 7 8 13 15 — 43
Williamsport 19 11 11 21 — 62
3-point goals — North Hagerstown 2 (McLeod 2), Williamsport 5 (Key 2, Wade 2, Palmer).
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