By BOB PARASILITI
11:19 PM EST, December 28, 2012
Williamsport girls basketball coach Chris Malott has seen it all before — just in a different arena and with a different gender.
“We are the Ravens,” Malott said. “We missed 27 field goals, but we gutted it out.”
With reference to the local NFL team, the Wildcats copied the style that has been very successful in Baltimore over the years. That is, they played strong defense, which allowed them to play enough offense to get by.
That’s about all there was to it on Friday, as Williamsport used stingy defense and 14 points by Victoria Key to notch a 44-34 victory over Berkeley Springs in the second game of the 32nd annual Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic at Williamsport High School.
Williamsport (3-3) managed 15 baskets — including five 3s — but hit only 9 of 27 free throws. It was still far better than Berkeley Springs (4-4), which managed just nine baskets in the game but stayed close by making 15 of 22 from the foul line.
“We couldn’t get in a flow,” said Berkeley Springs coach Dale McCumbee. “We were stagnant and couldn’t get anything to drop. That was the issue. We ran everything at them … got in all our sets and threw everything at them but the kitchen sink. We struggled.”
With the victory, Williamsport will meet Allegany — a 68-46 winner over Jefferson — on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the championship game. Jefferson will face the Indians in the consolation game at 1 p.m.
The Wildcats traded 3s for foul shots in the early going to establish the early pace of the game. Key hit three of her four treys in the first quarter as Williamsport took a 12-7 lead and never looked back. All of Williamsport’s baskets were 3s.
The Indians, who led briefly at 7-6, scored five of their first seven points from the line before getting a layup by Sydne Yanez at the 3:22 mark of the first quarter for their first basket.
“I loved our defensive effort,” Malott said. “The defense did a nice job playing as a team and with its recovery. We wanted to take away their strengths, which was to force them to move with their weak hands. If we hit the foul shots, we are up 20 at the half.”
The Wildcats were forced to settle for an 11-point edge instead, going in up 27-16 at intermission.
Williamsport outscored Berkeley Springs 10-6 in the final three minutes of the half to all but salt it away.
The Wildcats maintained a 10-point cushion for the majority the rest of the game — allowing the Indians to get as close as 38-29 on a Sarah Haynes free throw with 3:34 remaining before pushing the game out of reach.
“We started out 4-0 and now we have lost four in a row,” McCumbee said. “We have some players playing out of place and we are facing some adversity. We have to get better.”
Haynes led the Indians with 13 points. Erin Palmer added nine for Williamsport.
* In the opener, Courtney Landis scored 19 points as Allegany took a big lead in the first half and then maintained the double-digit advantage to stop Jefferson.
The Campers (5-2) jetted to a 33-10 halftime lead to take early control over the Cougars (0-9).
Allegany led by as much as 47-15 at the 5:12 mark of the third quarter. Jefferson made a brief run to cut the deficit to 51-26 at the end of the period, but the Campers reestablished a 32-point lead.
Kailee Selders added nine points for Allegany.
Liza Silver had 14 points and Marrissa Jones added 12 for Jefferson.
Allegany 68, Jefferson 46
Shipley 2, Jones 12, McDonald 8, Tyalor 1, Silver 14, Chrisman 5, Renteria 4. Totals 15 14-32 46.
Eisntrout 4, Landis 19, Paige 9, Sell 2, Logsdon 2, R. Wormack 8, Selders 9, M. Wormack 7. Totals 27 10-23 68.
Jefferson 6 4 16 20 — 46
Allegany 18 15 18 17 — 68
3-point goals — Jefferson 2 (Jones, McDonald), Allegany 4 (Landis 2, Paige, Selders). Fouled out — Silver.
Williamsport 44, Berkeley Springs 34
BERKELEY SPRINGS (4-4)
Yanez 5, Napfel 2, Burch 0, Schetrompf 2, Solomon 6, Haynes 13, Rohm 6. Totals 9 15-22 34.
Grimes 2, Key 14, Strite 7, Wade 4, Robinson 1, Robison 2, Kastelein 5, Palmer 9. Totals 15 9-27 44.
Berk. Springs 9 7 9 9 — 34
Williamsport 14 13 8 9 — 44
3-point goals — Berkeley Springs 1 (Haynes), Williamsport 5 (Key 4, Wade). Fouled out — Berkeley Springs 2 (Burch, Haynes).
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