Wildcats win Doub Ladies Classic for first time since 2000

December 28, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN |

WILLIAMSPORT — For the first time since 2000, the Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic championship trophy was won by the home team.

Tournament MVP Casey Arnone scored six of her 12 points in Williamsport’s 12-0 third-quarter run, and the Wildcats held off a late Allegany charge to beat the Campers 42-38 in the final Wednesday afternoon.

Williamsport (4-4) ended a three-year championship run by Allegany (5-1) and handed the Campers their first loss this season.

“I thought we could win this tournament,” Wildcats coach Chris Malott said. “I’m proud of these girls. They’re great kids and I love them.”

Arnone made two jump shots and drove to the basket for another score in the run, which covered the final four minutes of the third quarter and gave Williamsport a 34-21 lead entering the fourth.

“I knew it was time to step up,” Arnone said. “It was 16-16 (at halftime) and it was time to step up, being one of the only seniors. When I saw the opportunities, I knew I had to take advantage.”

The Wildcats made 8 of 11 field goal attempts in the third quarter while holding Allegany to 2 of 11.

“I told them to attack the basket, and in the third quarter we did a great job,” Malott said.

But the Campers dug in and made a run behind pressure defense, forcing nine of Williamsport’s 22 turnovers in the final eight minutes. A 17-6 run capped by Stephanie Dawson’s 3-pointer with 1:41 left got Allegany within two at 40-38.

“The pressure started coming, and we need to learn how to win,” Malott said. “This is a good start. We should have beaten Smithsburg and Tuscarora, we should be 6-2. But this is a good start.”

Both teams missed their next three shots. Allegany had a chance to tie coming out of a timeout with 16.3 seconds left, but Courtney Landis fell while driving the lane and the ball went out of bounds for a turnover.

Williamsport inbounded to Victoria Key, who was fouled and calmly made both ends of a 1-and-1 with 7.5 seconds left to seal the game.

“Huge,” Malott said. “Game over. It’s pressure, and that’s a perfect example of knowing how to win, under pressure, making free throws.”

Erin Palmer scored six of her 10 points in the first quarter for Williamsport, which held Allegany to 14-for-55 shooting.

* Musselman outscored Jefferson 32-13 in the second half to pull away to a 52-32 victory in the consolation game.

Brianna Caison led the Applemen (5-4) with 21 points, while Nichole Henderson had 12 and Stacey Potter added 10. Musselman led by just one, 20-19, at halftime, but outscored the Cougars (2-8) 18-8 in the third quarter and 14-5 in the fourth.

McKinley Thomas led Jefferson with 12 points and Hope Gayle added nine.

* All-tournament team: Williamsport — Arnone (MVP), Key, Hannah Kastelein. Allegany — Aimee Conley. Musselman — Caison, Henderson.

Williamsport 42, Allegany 38
Linaburg 6, Dawson 12, Sivic 5, Conley 12, Landis 3. Totals 14-55 7-15 38.
Palmer 10, Arnone 12, Kastelein 6, Christy 2, Robinson 2, Key 8, Strite 2. Totals 17-44 7-14 42.
Allegany    11    5    5    17    —    38
Williamsport    9    7    18    8    —    42
3-point goals — Williamsport 1 (Palmer), Allegany 3 (Dawson 3). Technical — Allegany coach O’Neal.

Musselman 52, Jefferson 32
Thomas 12, Gayle 9, Jones 3, Shipley 2, McDonald 3, Silver 1, Stevens 2. Totals 12 4-14 32.
McCarty 4, Burnett 3, Henderson 12, Potter 10, Caison 21, Hoffmaster 2. Totals 16 17-26 52.
Jefferson    8    11    8    5    —    32
Musselman    14    6    18    14    —    52
3-point goals — Jefferson 4 (Gayle 3, Jones), Musselman 3 (Burnett, Potter 2). Fouled out — Thomas, McDonald.

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