By WILL ROBINSON
11:29 PM EST, December 11, 2012
Williamsport’s girls basketball team started out on fire Tuesday night, riding a big first half to a 50-29 victory over Clear Spring in the MVAL Antietam.
The Wildcats (1-1, 1-0) immediately found their hot hand in the form of Victoria Key, as she dropped in 11 of Williamsport’s 17 first-quarter points. Key went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and finished with a game-high 13 points.
“Last time she was up here, she had a bunch of 3s — I think six or seven,” said Williamsport coach Chris Malott. “She can be a hot shooter, but we need to get the streakiness out.”
Key hit seven 3s and scored 29 points in a 55-29 Williamsport win last season, on Jan. 19.
On Tuesday, Erin Palmer and Kate Wade also hit from 3-point range as Williamsport went 5-for-7 from downtown in the first half.
On the flip side, Clear Spring (1-1) could not find its stroke, as the Blazers went 3-for-18 in the first two periods. Kristen Mellott led Clear Spring with four points as the Blazers found themselves down 28-9 at halftime.
“We didn’t defend the 3 well and the 13 turnovers killed us in the first half,” said Clear Spring coach Bill McIntire. “The second half was pretty even, but the first killed us.”
Williamsport only outscored Clear Spring 22-20 in the second half, but the Wildcats found many opportunities for second-chance points, outrebounding the Blazers 39-28. Carley Robinson registered an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double, Wade had seven points and eight rebounds, and Hannah Kastelein added six points and seven rebounds. Palmer had seven points.
“We had good balance tonight. We were great on the boards and we played good defense for three-and-a-half quarters,” said Malott. “We’re aiming for consistency. It was good to get our first win tonight.”
Mellott led Clear Spring with nine points and seven rebounds. Isabel Forsman had seven points and Sam Staley added six points and five rebounds for the Blazers.
“It’s a work in progress. We have a new team with only one returning player from varsity last year. We’ll keep working on it,” said McIntire.
Williamsport 50, Clear Spring 29
Co. Leung 0, Grimes 1, Key 13, Strite 3, Wade 7, C. Robinson 11, A. Robinson 2, Kastelein 6, Palmer 7. Totals 18 9-23 50.
CLEAR SPRING (1-1)
Lipinski 1, Weaver 2, Staley 6, Bowers 4, Forsman 7, Mellott 9. Totals 9 10-16 29.
Williamsport 17 11 11 11 — 50
Clear Spring 5 4 11 9 — 29
3-point goals — Williamsport 4 (Key 3, Wade, Palmer), Clear Spring 1 (Forsman).
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