’Jackets beat Wirt County by 60

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Williamstown's Breanna Lowe, center, is defended by Wirt County's Taylor Anderson, left, and Shelby Simonton, right, during a high school girls basketball game Tuesday.

WILLIAMSTOWN — Everyone on the Williamstown High roster got playing time and scored.

The Yellowjackets exploded for 43 first-quarter points en route to an 81-21 triumph over visiting Wirt County in Little Kanawha Conference basketball action Tuesday night.

“I think we have 10 or 12 kids that we can run in and out of there,” said veteran WHS head coach Fred Sauro. “We try to develop depth through the years, and I think we did pretty well tonight.

“Obviously, we wanted to work on some halfcourt offense tonight instead of doing too much transition, but still I like the way our guys played.”

Williamstown improved its overall record to 3-1. After falling to Wheeling Central, 88-68, in the Donnie Fenton Shootout finals this past Saturday, Tuesday’s game was a bounce-back win for the maroon and gold cagers.

Against Wirt, senior captain Bethany Wager and Keely Alsup paced the winners with 15 points apiece.

Mara Rinehart and Bethany Arnold added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Yellowjackets. Arnold finished with a double-double by grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

All in all, 13 Yellowjackets got in the scorebook.

“Everybody played really well,” said Wager, the lone senior on the team. “We’re a really close team.”

Wirt was led by freshman post Emma Wyer, who tallied 10 points. The Mike Hughes-coach Tigers made only six field goals in the contest.

Sparked by Alsup (12) and Wager (11), who combined for 23 first-quarter points, Williamstown staked itself to 43-4 advantage. The uptempo Yellowjackets scored the first 20 points of the game before Wyer halted the run with a bucket.

“We did what we did and got up,” Wager said. “And, then, we had to show good sportsmanship and stuff.”

In the second quarter, WHS coasted to a 57-13 halftime lead.

The Yellowjackets outpointed the Tigers 15-2 in the third quarter, and owned a commanding 72-15 lead going into the final period.

“In the second half, we worked more on our offense,” Sauro said.

Williamstown is scheduled to play at St. Marys at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.