Yellowjackets cruise past Silver Knights in season opener
WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown head girls basketball coach Fred Sauro feels his team has plenty of depth heading into the 2021 season and with the Yellowjackets scheduled to play 14 times in the first 24 days you can bet the veteran head coach is going to use it.
Friday night in their delayed season opener against Tyler Consolidated, nine different Yellowjackets got in the scorebook with five scoring eight points or more as Williamstown rolled to a 70-39 win.
“That’s very important in this season where we are going to play so many games in a short period of time to keep our legs a little fresher,” said Sauro. “Everybody is going to be tired but if we can keep them a little bit fresher that is really going to help. Our depth is not experienced but it is talented.”
Williamstown wasted little time building a big lead as they scored the first six points of the game and 15 of the first 17 to build a 13-point lead midway through the first quarter.
After a Regan Smith basket for Tyler Consolidated brought an end to a 9-0 Yellowjacket run Williamstown finished the opening quarter on a 7-2 run of their own to take a 22-6 lead after one quarter of play.
Williamstown senior Nicole Reynolds drained a 3-pointer to open the second quarter and push the lead to 19 before the Silver Knights played their best stretch of basketball of the game as they out-pointed WHS by a 10-6 margin to cut the lead to 15 with a little more than two minutes to play in the half.
The Yellowjackets finished strong however as sophomore Georgie Inman came up with a steal and basket in transition, sophomore Emily Bailey converted a pair of freebies and junior Sophia Folwell scored on a buzzer-beater off of an inbound pass from Aubrey Erwin to give them their first 20-point lead of the night at 37-16.
Folwell made it six consecutive points as she opened the second half with back-to-back field goals as the Jackets increased the lead to 25.
Tyler managed to cut the lead back to 20 before Williamstown got back-to-back baskets by Bailey to close out the third quarter with a comfortable 55-31 lead.
A pair of fourth quarter field goals by senior Jayla Wiseman pushed the lead to 26 with more than six minutes to play before Inman came up with one of her five steals in the game and cashed it in at the other end to increase their lead to 28 allowing Sauro to empty his bench for the rest of the game.
Reynolds led the way for the winners with 15 while Bailey came off the bench to score 13.
Wiseman and junior Lakyn Joy added nine points apiece while Folwell chipped in with eight.
Inman filled her stat sheet nicely with six points and seven assists to go along with her five steals.
“I think it was really a great start for us and we were really pleased with our intensity and our effort and I thought we looked for the open guys and were moving the ball,” said Sauro. “We went through a stretch where we tried to over-pass a little bit and our spacing wasn’t very good but for our first game I thought we came out really ready to go.”
The Knights were led by Caleigh Phillips with 12 points and Lauren Templeton with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The ‘Jackets are right back in action tonight when they travel to St. Marys to take on the Blue Devils.
St. Marys 59, Ritchie 44
ST. MARYS — Lara Fetty scored a game-high 19 points and added seven rebounds and four steals to help host St. Marys post a 59-44 win here Friday against Ritchie County.
The Blue Devils, who welcome in Wiliamstown on Saturday night, shot 26 of 32 from the foul line and also had double figure scoring efforts from Josey Moore (12) and Zoe Davis (10). Moore had a game-high five assists and teammate Kyle Wright chipped in nine markers.
Ritchie County, which hit 18 of 28 from the line, was led by Rebekah Rupert’s 16 points, eight boards and four blocks. Sophia Nelson had 11 points, Olivia Cress nine and Soffi Bee grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and had three steals in the setback.