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'Cats lose their way in loss to Century

February 18, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — With the playoffs a week away, here’s the good news for Williamsport girls basketball coach Chris Malott: The Wildcats can’t possibly play any worse than they did Friday night against Century.

“Offensive deficiency is probably an understatement,” Malott said after Williamsport made just 5 of 43 shots and committed 26 turnovers in a 48-19 loss that was painful to watch. “I think sometimes I’m too nice to them. Maybe sometimes a coach has to look in the mirror, because we haven’t been ready to play the last two games.”

Both teams struggled in the first quarter, but Century (10-11) improved in every quarter while Williamsport (6-15) remained stuck in neutral.

The Knights made just 2 of 10 field goals and committed eight turnovers in the first quarter, yet led 7-4 at the end of the period because the Wildcats made just 1 of 13 field goals and 2 of 6 free throws while committing six turnovers.

It got even worse for Williamsport in the second quarter, as the Wildcats missed on all 15 of their field goal attempts in the period. Williamsport’s four points came on 4-for-6 shooting at the foul line, while Century made 4 of 11 field goals and 4 of 7 free throws to lead 20-8 at halftime.

“We went 1-for-28 in the first half and we’re only down 12,” Malott said. “We should have been down 30.”

Kayla Ewing started the second half with a three-point play to cut Century’s lead to nine, but that was Williamsport’s only field goal of the third quarter. The Wildcats went 1-for-6 with nine turnovers in the period, and Century used a 15-1 run to close the third with a 35-12 lead on the strength of 7-for-15 shooting.

The Knights used a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter to make it 48-16 with 1:44 left. Century went 5-for-9 in the fourth quarter while Williamsport made 3 of 9 with six more turnovers.

The loss was the fifth straight for the Wildcats, who were competitive in losses to Brunswick, Middletown and Smithsburg in a three-day span last week but have been blown out by Manchester Valley and Century this week.

“The passion we had last week is gone,” Malott said. “Those three games in a row drained us. We played well in those games, but maybe it took a mental toll on them because they lost anyway. This is the toughest time of year. It’s the end of February and we’ve been at it since Nov. 15. I’m tired, so they must be tired.”

Haley Bordner led Century with 12 points. Ewing and Chelsea Myers led Williamsport with five points each, Chelsea Scott had eight rebounds and Ewing added six boards.

JV: Century, 23-21 (W: Hannah Kastelein 5 points, 12 rebounds).

Century 48, Williamsport 19
CENTURY (10-11)

Bordner 5 1-2 12, Nichols 0 2-2 2, Jones 2 1-2 6, Mercer 3 1-2 7, Nixon 3 2-3 8, Perrone 1 2-2 4, Clark 2 0-0 4, Harris 1 0-0 2, Snyder 1 1-2 3. Totals 18-45 10-15 48.
WILLIAMSPORT (6-15)
Ewing 1 3-6 5, Arnone 0 1-3 1, Scott 1 1-2 3, Gulnac 0 3-4 3, Myers 2 1-2 5, Lewis 1 0-0 2. Totals 5-43 9-17 19.
Century    7    13    15    13    —    48
Williamsport    4    4    4    7    —    19

3-point goals — Century 2 (Bordner, Jones). Rebounds — Century 33, Williamsport 36 (Scott 8). Turnovers — Century 16, Williamsport 26.

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