Cavs paint a win over Williamsport girls

December 28, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI |

WILLIAMSPORT — The final product in the nightcap of the Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic lost something in the translation.

What started out as a girls basketball tournament turned into an art show during Williamsport's 40-36 loss to Northern (Calvert), despite a 14-point, 16-rebound performance by Stacey Christy.

“This is all art in progress,” said Williamsport coach Chris Malott. “We had a real chance to win this game. Winning games is an art, but losing games is an art, too.”

Art, like beauty, was in the eye of the beholder. Much of the game resembled just throwing paint on the canvas as neither team was able to control the ball. The main picture came in the end. Northern created a Van Gogh while Williamsport's game was as abstract of a Picasso.

The Wildcats (0-6) were guilty of 40 turnovers, but met their butter-fingered match in the Cavaliers to keep the game close. In the end, Northern used its experience and will to pull out the victory.

“You got to learn how to win,” Malott said. “Their No. 1 (Alex Manning) took the bull by the horns and said, 'We are not going to lose this game.' We had so many costly turnovers.”

Northern led 26-25 with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter when Manning scored three of her five total baskets over the next 4:25 to move the Cavaliers to a 35-28 lead with 5:05 remaining. With points — and possessions — at a premium, the deficit was too much for the Wildcats to overcome.

Williamsport got to within 38-36 with 1:02 remaining off an eight-foot putback by Christy off a rebound, but the Wildcats' lack of winning knowledge showed in the final 62 seconds.

Northern iced the game with 5.5 seconds remaining on a pair of Mauri Miller free throws.

Still, despite 21 first-half turnovers, Williamsport managed to find itself in a 21-21 tie at the half. That might be considered amazing since the Wildcats turned the ball over eight times to start the game before getting off a shot.

When the Wildcats weren't turning ball over in the second half, they probably played their best six-minute stretch of the season to pressure Northern.

“We kept pumping the ball inside to take advantage of the height we had with Christy and (Kayla) Ewing,” Malott said.

The Wildcats battled back from a 10-7 deficit to forge two ties before taking a 19-16 lead, scoring five straight points on a layup by Casey Arnone, a Ewing foul shot and an 8-foot bank shot by Christy.

Northern battled back for two more ties before settling for the halftime tie. The Cavaliers scored the first four points of the second half on a 10-footer by Becca Johnson and a Naaila Cooke breakaway to regain a lead it never relinquished.

“I'm not giving up and I know they aren't either,” Malott said.

Manning led Northern with 10 points. Chelsea Scott and Chelsea Myers had seven each for Williamsport.

Northern will meet two-time defending Doub champion Allegany — a 53-28 winner over Washington — in Wednesday’s final at 3 p.m. Williamsport will meet Washington at 1 p.m. in the consolation game.

Northern 40, Williamsport 36

Cooke 2 0-0 4, Manning 5 0-0 10, Long 0 3-4 3, Miller 0 3-4 3, Gross 2 0-0 5, Smith 2 0-0 5, Brown 2 0-0 4, Johnson 2 2-4 6. Totals 15 8-12 40.
Arnone 2 0-0 4, Scott 2 3-5 7, Christy 7 0-0 14, Lewis 0 2-2 2, Myers 2 3-4 7, Ewing 0 2-4 2. Totals 13 10-16 36.
Northern    10    11    9    10    —    40
Williamsport    7    14    6    9    —    36

3-point goals — Northern 2 (Gross, Smith). Technical fouls — Brown.

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