Wildcats prevail in 'ugliest game'

December 14, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

Williamsport girls basketball coach Chris Malott summed up the Wildcats’ game against Clear Spring with one sentence:

“It was the ugliest game in the history of basketball,” he said.

And his team won.

Williamsport prevailed 54-40 Tuesday night in the “ugliest game” over the Blazers.

“It was the ugliest game I have ever been a part of in my 25 years of basketball,” Malott said. “But we won.”

Just how ugly was it? The score after the first eight minutes was 7-5 in favor of Clear Spring.

It took the Wildcats nearly seven minutes to score their first field goal. They shot 11 percent from the floor (2 of 18) in the first quarter.

“It’s not like there weren’t any open looks, we just missed some easy shots,” Malott said.

It was a physical game, too, as both Clear Spring and Williamsport were in the double bonus less than two minutes into the second quarter. The Blazers went to the line 23 times in the first half while the Wildcats took 20 free throws.

“There’s going to be contact when Clear Spring and Williamsport play,” Malott stated.

With under 90 seconds left in the first half, the Blazers (1-1, 0-1) held a 16-13 advantage before Williamsport (2-1, 1-0) finally caught fire going on an 11-1 run to take a 24-17 lead into halftime.

Williamsport nearly quadrupled its first-quarter point total by scoring 19 points in the second quarter.

“Nothing was fluid in most of the first half,” Malott said. “That little run at the end (of the first half) broke some tension and gave us momentum.”

The Wildcats carried that momentum into the third quarter when they went on a 10-4 run after halftime.

It was a total team effort for Williamsport as nine of the 10 players on the roster scored. Junior center Hannah Kastelien led the way for the Wildcats with 14 points while Victoria Key added 13 points.

Jess Barnhart led the way for Clear Spring with 22 points and made 12 out of a game-high 17 free-throw attempts.

Williamsport’s next game is at Smithsburg on Dec. 16 and Malott knows his team must come out ready to play.

“I told the girls that the first quarter tonight will be the worst one they will play all year,” Malott said. “We’re going to need to play much better against Smithsburg.”

Williamsport 54, Clear Spring 40
Kastelein 14, Key 13, Younker 6, Strite 5, Arnone 4, Christy 4, Palmer 3, Willingham 3, Malott 2. Totals 19 15-31 54.
CLEAR SPRING (1-1, 0-1)
Barnhart 22, Mills 9, Forrest 3, Forsman 4, Staley 2. Totals 9 22-37 40.
Williamsport     5    19    14    11    —    54
Clear Spring     7    10    10    13    —    40
3-point goals — Williamsport 1 (Key).

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