Williamstown too much for Calhoun County
WILLIAMSTOWN — Even on an off-shooting night, Williamstown High still had the upper hand.
Except for very briefly early on, the Yellowjackets never trailed en route to a 66-45 triumph over Calhoun County Tuesday night in a Class A sectional boys basketball semifinal at the WHS gym.
“I didn’t think that we didn’t play very well,” said Williamstown head coach Scott Sauro. “We didn’t shoot it really well and we turned it over too much. But we were kind of worried about that (shooting) after a 10-day layoff. It seemed like we hadn’t played a game forever and it kind of showed tonight.”
Xavier Caruthers paced the maroon and gold cagers with 14 points. Isaac Cutright and Peyton Amrine added 12 and 11, respectively. Sam Cremeans netted nine while Colten Luther had eight. As a team, the Jackets shot 46 percent from the field (28-61).
With the victory, Williamstown, top-ranked in Class A with a 22-1 record, is scheduled to host Parkersburg Catholic at 7 p.m. Friday in a sectional final. The Crusaders downed Ravenswood, 65-41, in Tuesday’s other semi.
“It’s going to be a very good game and an exciting atmosphere,” said Sauro of the Williamstown-Catholic showdown.
Calhoun County exits with a 7-15 record.
The Red Devils were led by 6-foot-8 senior Nick Moore, who tallied a game-high 18 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and blocked nine shots. Adam Parsons chipped in with 14 markers.
“Nick Moore’s a really good player,” Sauro said, “and the Parsons kid, they both competed really well. Those are two good players in our league for sure.”
After the opening tip-off, Cremeans scored the first bucket of the contest. But on the return trip down the court, Moore drained a 3 to give the Red Devils a one-point advantage. The Jackets regained the led on another Cremeans basket — and after that, they never looked back.
At the end of one, sparked by Amrine’s five points, Williamstown led 18-5.
After a slow start in the opening stanza, Calhoun was even-steven with WHS in the second period, thanks in part to Parsons’ nine points, and trailed 30-17 at the half.
Moore had the hot hand at the start of the third quarter, scoring two quick buckets to cut it to single digits, 30-21. But Cutright came off the pine to tally six points and the Yellowjackets maintained the advantage, 43-32, at the end of the third. Scoring a dramatic buzzer-beating putback for the maroon and gold was Garret Hill.
Caruthers scored seven fourth-quarter points to help Williamstown win going away.
“You know, we did enough to get the win,” Sauro said. “And obviously in tournament time, you want to win and move on.”
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