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Wildcats stand tall to shake Applemen to core

December 27, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com
  • Musselman's Nichole Henderson (20) drives to the basket against Williamsport during an opening-round game at the Ladies Doub Classic. Williamsport won 50-41.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Hannah Kastelein stood tall for the Williamsport girls basketball team on Tuesday.

She usually does. The 6-foot-1 junior is the biggest player on the Wildcats’ roster, not to mention the tallest on the floor against Musselman.

That made Kastelein tough to miss when Williamsport needed her the most, as she scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to help the Wildcats ice a 50-41 victory over the Applemen in the opening-day nightcap of the Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic.

The Wildcats (3-4) used a 6-3 run to take a 34-31 lead at the end of the third quarter. Then the ball started finding Kastelein.

“Not really. I don’t think the plays were for me,” said Kastelein, who scored eight of her 14 points in 5 1/2-minute flurry. “As long as we are moving, everyone has a chance to get shots. We have to help each other out. This was a good opportunity for me to post up.”

It couldn’t have happened at a better time for the Wildcats, who will face Allegany today at 3 p.m. for the Doub championship. The Campers earned a chance to win their fourth straight Doub title and fifth in the last sixth years with a 53-39 win over Jefferson in the opener.

With the lead, the Wildcats became a little more deliberate with the ball until the middle opened up. Kastelein got free on the block and converted on a variety of shots in the paint as Williamsport took a 42-36 lead.

“We have been telling them all year that they have a height advantage,” said Williamsport coach Chris Malott. “We knew we would have the size advantage today, it was a matter of getting the proper angles to get the ball inside. We were running plays to get it in there. The first look in our offense is to get the ball inside.”

Musselman’s Nichole Henderson scored on a drive to bring the Applemen (4-4) within 42-38 with 2:07 remaining, but the Wildcats locked down the game by hitting 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch.

Each team finished with 16 baskets — including five 3s each — but the Wildcats hit 13 of 19 free throws while Musselman hit just 4 of 10 for the difference in the game.

“The free throws helped us pull away,” Malott said. “We came in and shot 50 in the morning shootaround and it must have helped.”

The two teams battled to six ties and six lead changes in the first 22 1/2 minutes of the game. They were tied at 7 after the first quarter and 17 at the half as Williamsport did all the work, but Musselman controlled the game.

“(Musselman) out-toughed us in the first half,” Malott said. “They outhustled us and outrebounded us.”

Williamsport matched Musselman’s aggressiveness in the second half and stayed in the game as Victoria Key hit three 3s in the third quarter. Carley Robinson hit a 10-foot bank shot in the paint to give the Wildcats a 30-28 lead with 1:26 to go in the period, and Caroline Strite scored Williamsport’s final four points of the quarter for the three-point advantage.

Key led Williamsport with 16 points. Henderson topped Musselman with 14.

In the opener, Allegany built a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter and held off Jefferson (2-7) for the win. Aimee Conley led the Campers with 16 points, while McKinley Thomas led Jefferson with 12.

Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic
Allegany 53, Jefferson 39
JEFFERSON (2-7)
Jones 6, McDonald 5, Silver 8, Gayle 8, McKinley 12. Total 14 7-13 39.
ALLEGANY
Stankan 7, Linaburg 11, Dawson 2, Paige 3, Landis 8, Conley 16, Sivic 6. Totals 21 7-11 53.
3-point goals — Jefferson 4 (Gayle 2, McDonald, Jones), Allegany 4 (Stankan 2, Paige, Landis).

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Williamsport 50, Musselman 41
MUSSELMAN (4-4)
McCarty 2, Zeilman 8, Burnett 6, Henderson 14, Potter 5, Caison 2, Hoffmaster 4. Totals 16 4-10 41.
WILLIAMSPORT (3-4)
Malott 2, Arnone 4, Key 16, Strite 4, Robinson 5, Kastelein 14, Palmer 5. Totals 16 13-19 50.
Musselman     7    10    14    10    —    41
Williamsport    7    10    17    16    —    50
3-point goals — Musselman 5 (Zeilman 2, Burnett 2, Potter), Williamsport 5 (Key 4, Palmer).

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