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’Jackets Dominate

Photo by Ron Johnston Williamstown High’s Bethany Arnold (44) is fouled by Wirt County’s Morgan Wagner (42) during LKC girls’ basketball action Wednesday night at Williamstown High School. The Yellowjackets won 87-37.

WILLIAMSTOWN — Jenna Pridemore had the hot hand.

The 5-foot-11 senior forward scored a career-high 20 points to lead Williamstown High to an 87-37 triumph over visiting Wirt County Wednesday night in Little Kanawha Conference girls’ basketball action.

“We have four seniors on the team, and we’re also bringing back a lot of juniors,” said Pridemore, who was 9-of-18 from the floor with two triples. “So, we have some experience coming back, especially after losing only one senior from last year. I think we have a bright road ahead of us.”

Pridemore also grabbed six rebounds, including five offensive boards.

Bethany Arnold added a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Yellowjackets (2-1). Izzy Erb chipped in with 12 points and nine steals, while Mara Rinehart had 11 markers. Nicole Reynolds netted nine points, and Kayli Sauro had seven.

“I think we passed the ball pretty well,” said Williamstown coach Fred Sauro. “We found the open people.

“Overall, we’re looking for each other and trying to play together.”

Ten of 11 ‘Jackets who got playing time scored.

“Anytime you play Williamstown, their second group is normally as good as their first,” said Wirt boss Mike Hughes.

The Tigers (2-2) were paced by sophomore Emma Wyer’s 17 points. Pheobe Hayes added nine.

“Emma had a good game,” Hughes said. “She’s just got to get stronger, and understand what kind of player she could be.

“We’re a young team coming together. We have some new girls this year, and we’re going to win some games — and surprise some people. We’re excited for the rest of the season. We’ve got a stretch coming up here that we should win a few games.”

Sparked by Arnold’s eight points, and six points apiece from Pridemore and Rinehart, Williamstown staked itself to a 30-11 first-quarter advantage. Wyer had nine of Wirt’s 11 points.

In the second quarter, the rout resumed with the Yellowjackets outscoring the Tigers, 17-5, and leading, 47-16, at halftime.

Pridemore scored nine points in the third stanza as Williamstown stretched its advantage to 74-24.

Wirt scored nine unanswered points to start the fourth quarter on five points by Hayes and two apiece by Kylie Stephens and Wyer.

“This is one of Wirt’s better teams,” Sauro said. “They have some ingredients. They have some big kids and a couple of guards.”

Williamstown 87, Wirt County 37

Wirt County 11 5 8 13 — 37

Williamstown 30 17 27 13 — 87

WIRT COUNTY (2-2)

Emma Wyer 7 3-6 17, Morgan Wagner 1 0-1 2, Kylie Stephens 2 0-0 5, Pheobe Hayes 4 0-0 9, Sydney Woods 1 0-0 3, Adeline Sims 0 1-2 1, Madison DeVaughn 0 0-0 0, Brooklyn Smith 0 0-0 0, Shelby Simonton 0 0-0-0. TOTALS: 15 4-9 37; 3-point goals: Stephens, Hayes, Woods 1

WILLIAMSTOWN (2-1)

Taylor Newton 2 0-0 4, Mara Rinehart 3 5-6 11, Lakyn Joy 2 1-2 6, Jenna Pridemore 9 0-0 20, Kayli Sauro 3 1-2 7, Nicole Reynolds 4 1-2 9, Izzy Erb 5 0-0 12, Brittney Hooper 1 0-0 2, Sophie Folwell 0 1-2 1, Breanna Lowe 0 0-0 0, Bethany Arnold 7 1-2 15. TOTALS: 36 9-14 87; 3-point goals: Pridemore, Erb 2, Reynolds, Joy 1

Shooting: Wirt 15-46 (33%), Will 36-88 (41%); Rebounds: Wirt 24, Will 49 (Arnold 14, Rinehart 7); Assists: Wirt 8, Will 22 (Erb 6, Arnold 5, Joy 4); Steals: Wirt 4, Will 27 (Erb 9, Folwell 4); Turnovers: Wirt 34, Will 9

Next games: St. Marys at Wirt County 6 p.m. today; Williamstown at St. Marys 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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