Girls Basketball: Third-quarter slump hurts Wildcats again

December 20, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — Tuscarora placed three players in double figures and used a dominating third quarter to glide past Williamsport 57-44 in  a girls basketball game Thursday night.

The game was knotted at 30 at halftime, but the Titans (5-1) opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run to produce their largest lead to that point.

“We wanted to add some more second-half pressure and force some turnovers,” Tuscarora coach Robbie Turner said. “We pride ourselves on defense. We’re still inconsistent but we’re getting better.”

Tuscarora’s defense stymied Williamsport’s offensive efforts in the third, limiting the Wildcats to just four points over the eight-minute span.

“The same thing happened to us against South on Tuesday,” Williamsport coach Chris Malott said of the Wildcats’ third-quarter woes. “We’ve hit some lulls in the third quarter. The effort is there, we just need to cut back on our unforced errors.”

Williamsport (2-3) got a spark in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter when it went on 7-0 run to cut Tuscarora’s lead to 47-41. The Wildcats’ offense yet again fizzled and only managed just three points the rest of the game.

“We played two good teams this week and it was demanding,” Malott said. “I’m not one for moral victories, but I’m proud of the kids and how they played this week.”

Williamsport’s Victoria Key led all scorers with 17 points, including four 3-pointers. Carly Robinson added 15 points for the Wildcats. Both players set their season highs.

Shania Johnson led Tuscarora with 16 points, Taylor Johnson had 12 and Virginia Roby scored 11.

The game got off to a raucous start, as each team scored 18 points in the first quarter and, at times, were trading 3s to make it an entertaining opening quarter.

The Titans spread the ball around a little more than Williamsport, but the Wildcats were able to hang around before the third quarter doomed them.

“There are no negatives here,” Malott said. “We don’t need to play a perfect game to beat some of these teams, we just need to cut down on our mistakes.”

Turner seemed pleased with Tuscarora’s performance but did mention a facet of the Titans’ game that needs work.

“The most important thing is we need to build our intensity,” Turner said. “We practice tomorrow and we’ll get right to work on it.”

Tuscarora 57, Williamsport 44
S. Johnson 16, T. Johnson  12, Roby 11, Moore 7, Evans 5, Ferney 3, Cavin 2, Jones 1. Totals 17 13-20 57.
Key 17, Robinson 15, Kastelein 5, Grimes 4, Palmer 3. Totals 14 11-17 44.
Tuscarora     18     12     17     10    —    57
Williamsport     18     12     4     10    —    44
3-point goals — Tuscarora 7 (Roby 3, S. Johnson 2, Forney, T. Johnson), Williamsport 5 (Key 4, Palmer).

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