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Girls Basketball: Key rings up 3s to help Wildcats lock up Goretti

February 17, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Victoria Key scored 21 points, all on seven 3-pointers, to lead the Williamsport girls basketball team to a 64-34 win over St. Maria Goretti on Friday in a Washington County game at the Gael Center.

“That wasn’t me; that was my teammates,” Key said. “They penetrated very well and passed the ball to me when I got open. We just finished our shots and executed very well. We just found our rhythm in the second half and got into it. I definitely feel that we have gotten a lot better. We are at our strongest point now as we go into the playoffs.”

Six-foot-two junior center Stacey Christy hauled in 11 of her 15 rebounds during the second half, while Erin Palmer scored all 11 of her points in the second half for Williamsport. Hannah Kastelein grabbed seven rebounds for the Wildcats.

Williamsport (10-12) held a 22-16 halftime lead over Goretti (18-8).

But then the Wildcats put the game away by outscoring the Gaels 42-18 in the second half.

“In the second half, we just exploded offensively,” Williamsport coach Chris Malott said. “It was pretty fun to watch. We had a little patience against the zone and found the open person in the second half. It is a good way to head into the playoffs.”

Malott also felt that the Wildcats executed well on defense. The Wildcats held the Gaels to exactly eight points in every quarter, except the third quarter when they gave up 10 points.

“Our defense did a good job,” Malott said. “Casey Arnone is our shutdown girl. She is expected to stop the other team’s leading scorer and I think that she did that tonight.”

Saverija Narkute is a nice player, but we did a good job of containing her tonight. We shut her down in the first half.”

Narkute, who averages 17.8 points per game, scored 11 of her 13 points for Goretti in the second half. T.J. Tillman added 13 points for the Gaels.

“We stayed in the game in the first half,” St. Maria Goretti assistant coach Mike Murray said. “I give credit to Williamsport. They outhustled us and they just shot the ball well. That was probably the best shooting performance that I have seen all year. We also allowed them too many second and third shots.”

Williamsport extended its lead to 37-26 by the end of the third quarter.

JV: Williamsport, 30-12. (W: Alexis Cline 9; SMG: Ama Mitchual and Abbey Eich 6 each),

Williamsport 64, Goretti 34
WILLIAMSPORT (10-12)
Malott 8, Arnone 7, Christy 6, Key 21, Willingham 4, Strite 2, Kastelein 2, Palmer 11, Robinson 3. Totals 24 7-19 64.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (18-8)
Murray 2, Narkute 13, Cronise 2, Lorensen 4, Tillman 13. Totals 14 2-8 34.
Williamsport    12    10    15    27    —    64
Goretti    8    8    10    8    —    34
3-point goals — Williamsport 9 (Malott, Key 7, Palmer), Goretti 4 (Narkute 3, Tillman).

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