Cutright, Williamstown defeat Wildcats, 69-53
WILLIAMSTOWN — It might not have been a thing of beauty, but visiting Williamstown managed a win in its season opener as the Yellowjackets topped Wood County Christian here Thursday evening, 69-53.
Wildcat Sam Cremeans, who led the hosts with 21 points, tallied 11 straight markers — including a trio of 3s — in the final 1:49 of the opening period to help give head coach Dan Morris’ club a 17-11 advantage.
However, Williamstown used a 22-9 surge in the second quarter to forge ahead 33-26 at intermission and never trailed again. WCC, now 2-2 with a 1 p.m. tilt slated for Saturday at Elk Valley Christian, had five turnovers in the stanza, missed 8 of 10 field goals and went just 4 of 9 from the charity stripe.
“It was extremely sloppy in the first quarter,” admitted ‘Jacket boss Scott Sauro, who watched Cullen Cutright double-double with a game-high 27 points and 10 boards. “There wasn’t anything I was happy with in the first quarter. I think we played hard. I don’t think we executed anything well, defensively or offensively. It was as sloppy as it could be.
“Some of that comes along with it being our first game, but we can’t do that every night and think we are going to win. That’s not going to happen. This will be a good film for us to watch and show these guys some things they did well and the plethora of things they didn’t.”
Williamstown, which plays host to 2017-18 state tournament qualifier Tyler Consolidated on Tuesday, squared the affair at 22-all with 4:25 left in the half on a 3 by Boston Caruthers. A pair of free throws by Xavier Caruthers, who pumped in 18 points off the bench, actually put the ‘Jackets ahead for good at 26-24 with 2:08 to go.
The Yellowjackets ended the first half on a 9-2 spurt, which included a nifty step through scooping off the glass lay-in by Garret Hill after he had made a steal.
A foul shot by Tucker Dougherty, who finished with 12 points and six boards, was followed by a Trey Davis triple as the Wildcats opened the second half strong and sliced the deficit to 33-30. WHS, though, proceeded to tally nine straight points and the hosts couldn’t make it a less than two possession game the rest of the way.
Xavier Caruthers’ 3 via a Gavin Bosgraf assist put WHS ahead 46-35 late in the third, but Ethan Thibault found Dougherty for a hoop and the Wildcats were within striking distance down nine entering the fourth. Garrett Napier, who pitched in 13 points and tied Cullen Cutright for game-high rebounding honors, got a putback to open the fourth. After a Cremeans foul shot, the Wildcats only trailed 46-40, but Williamstown went on a 16-2 run to put the game away.
“We did some good things,” coach Morris noted. “In a close game like that you got to have the free throws (11 of 24). We did good things, but you got to do all the good things against a team like Williamstown. You can’t give them any slack.
“We left some points on the free throws and we started out good with our intensity. We kind of ran out of a little steam in the second quarter, got behind and we couldn’t catch back up. I thought overall we played well and I told them to not hang their heads.”
Wood County Christian 53
WHS 11 22 13 23 — 69
WCC 17 9 11 16 — 53
Cullen Cutright 11 5-7 27, Trenton Lynch 2 2-3 6, Boston Caruthers 2 0-0 5, Baylor Haught 1 0-0 2, Garret Hill 4 0-0 8, Gavin Bosgraf 0 0-0 0, Xavier Caruthers 6 2-2 18, Brandon Kiger 0 0-0 0, Landon Edgar 0 1-2 1, Trey Landis 0 0-0 0, Isaac Cutright 1 0-0 2; TOTALS: 27 10-14 69; 3-point goals: X. Caruthers 4, B. Caruthers 1
WOOD COUNTY CHRISTIAN (2-2)
Sam Cremeans 6 5-6 21, Trey Davis 2 1-2 7, Camden Huck 0 0-0 0, Garrett Napier 6 1-6 13, Tucker Dougherty 4 4-10 12, Ethan Thibault 0 0-0 0, Austin Simmons 0 0-0 0, Ryder Davis 0 0-0 0; TOTALS: 18 11-24 53; 3-point goals: Cremeans 4, Davis 2
Shooting: WT 27-62 (43.5%), WCC 18-46 (39.1%); 3-pointers: WT 5-26, WCC 6-19; Rebounds: WT 44 (C. Cutright 10, Haught, I. Cutright 6, Hill 5), WCC 30 (Napier 10, Dougherty 6, Cremeans 5); Assists: WT 14 (Haught 3), WCC 11 (Cremeans, Davis 3); Steals: WT 10 (C. Cutright, Bosgraf, X. Caruthers 2), WCC 8 (Cremeans, Huck 3); Turnovers: WT 15, WCC 19
Next games: Wood County Christian at Elk Valley Christian, 1 p.m. Saturday; Tyler Consolidated at Williamstown on Tuesday.