By JACK HILL III
11:07 PM EST, February 19, 2013
Allegany pulled away from Williamsport during the second half for a 49-36 victory on Tuesday night in the Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic championship game.
The game was originally scheduled to be played a couple of days after Christmas, but was snowed out. The makeup date turned out to be two months later.
“When you play a good team like Allegany, you have to play four quarters of good basketball,” Williamsport coach Chris Malott said. “We didn’t do that. I have to give Allegany credit for playing good defense. They contained us well. They made us fight for every shot.”
The tournament MVP was senior point guard Courtney Landis, who contributed 14 points and six assists for Allegany (13-9) on Tuesday.
Rachel Wormack added 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Kristin Sell had 11 points for the Campers. Micah Wormack finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
“We always want to play great defense, try to hold the other team to one difficult shot and play good team offense by moving the ball,” Allegany coach Jim O’Neal said. “I don’t remember them getting a lot of good looks at the basket. Quite a few of their shots were contested. The strength of our team is our defense. Generally when we score, it is usually off of our defense.”
Senior guard Victoria Key and junior center Hannah Kastelein led Williamsport (13-8) with nine points each. Kastelein also hauled in 10 rebounds and blocked five shots.
Carley Robinson had 10 rebounds and four steals, while Erin Palmer added three assists for the Wildcats.
Williamsport held an early 6-3 lead with 4:45 remaining in the first quarter. The Campers then outscored the Wildcats 16-4 over the next 10:33 to build a 19-10 advantage with 2:12 to go in the first half. Landis scored 10 points in that stretch for Allegany.
Williamsport reduced the deficit to 21-15 by halftime.
The Campers outscored the Wildcats 16-6 over the first 5:33 of the third quarter to raise their lead to 37-21. Rachel Wormack scored all nine of her points in the period in that stretch for Allegany.
“We have been coming to this tournament for about seven years now,” O’Neal said. “We enjoy coming over here. Williamsport is very well-coached and they give us good competition.”
Allegany 49, Williamsport 36
M. Wormack 10, Sell 11, Paige 2, Landis 14, R. Wormack 12. Totals 19 9-11 49.
Key 9, Wade 2, Robinson 7, Kastelein 9, Palmer 7, Coleman 2. Totals 12 11-18 36.
Allegany 12 9 17 11 — 49
Williamsport 6 9 13 8 — 36
3-point goals — Allegany 2 (Sell, Landis), Williamsport 1 (Key).
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