‘Jackets sweep: Williamstown boys, girls beat Wood County Christian

By Mike Morrison

The Marietta Times

WILLIAMSTOWN – Wood County Christian School and Williamstown High School are separated by less than a mile.

For the first 16 minutes of Monday night’s boys battle on the hardwood you could have thrown a blanket over the two schools before the Yellowjackets pulled away to a 61-52 victory.

The two rivals exchanged the lead some 11 times in the opening half before Williamstown scored five of the final seven points to take a 33-30 lead into the intermission.

“They (Wood County Christian) shot the ball extremely well in the first half,” said Williamstown head coach Scott Sauro. “They hit a lot of contested shots and I thought they really played well.”

The cross town show down featured a match up between two of the area’s best big men in Williamstown’s Gage Wix and the Wildcat’s Patrick Goff and both player’s made strong showings in the first 16 minutes.

Wix scored 13 points in the first half while Goff tallied eight including a deuce just before the buzzer that put an end to a 5-0 Jacket run and kept the game within one possession at the break.

Logan Huck opened the second half for WCC by converting on one-of-two free throws before Wix and Goff traded buckets to keep the Williamstown lead at a pair.

Neither team had managed to string together any kind of a large run in the first half but Williamstown used a pressure defense in the third quarter to finally put a little distance between the two.

Hunter Neely’s free throw made it a 36-33 game before a pair of old fashioned three-point plays in transition and yet another Wix field goal increased the lead to 11 with 4:13 to play in the third.

Dakota Watson and Landon Travis were both the beneficiaries of Wildcat turnovers as both completed three-point plays.

“We wanted to speed them up and make them play a little bit faster there in the third quarter,” said Sauro of his team’s pivotal 14-2 third quarter run. “We tried to make them get rid of the ball and we were also able to rebound well and that led to some run-out scores.”

Back-to-back baskets by Watson and Travis increased the lead to a game-high 14 points at 49-35 before Goff drained a triple to close the third quarter.

The Yellowjackets shot 28 free throws in the game compared to just 12 for the ‘Cats and made three-of-six to open the final quarter and increase the lead back to 14.

The Wildcats (13-4) were not quite ready to make the short walk back home however as they put together a 12-2 run of their own to get right back in the ball game.

Goff got the run started with a pair of freebies before freshman Isaac Brown’s short jumper trimmed the lead back to 10.

Douglas Ernest’s two free throw’s and another Goff inside bucket made it a 52-46 game with a little more than three minutes to play.

After Watson’s break away lay-up temporarily halted the WCC rally, Goff and Huck answered with scores to trim the WHS lead to just four with 2:22 to play.

“Our guys played with a lot of heart and managed to get us right back in the game there with a couple of minutes to go,” said long time Wood County Christian head coach Dan Ellis. “We just needed to get another bucket or two and weren’t able to get it.”

Williamstown (10-3) got yet another huge three-point play when Chandler Weber got the hoop and harm with 2:11 to play to increase the lead back to seven.

The Wildcats seemed to run out of steam as they failed to convert on three-of-their final four possessions as the young Yellowjackets held on for their 10th victory of the season.

Wix completed a double-double as the Jacket junior totaled 20 points and 15 boards while Travis chipped in with 17.

Goff also finished with a double-double as he scored a game-high 21 points while yanking down 11 rebounds while coming up with four steals. Sauro thought the match-up of bigs lived up to the pre game expectations.

“They are two of the best post players in the area and they sure went at it tonight,” said Sauro. “Goff is really a tough match up because he is so long and he can really cause problems on the interior.”

NOTES: The Yellowjackets drilled Wood County Christian last week 73-29 in their first match up of the season… Williamstown will host Parkersburg Catholic on Friday…… Wood County Christian is scheduled to host Calvary this evening weather permitting.

Girls

WILLIAMSTOWN – Williamstown scored the final four points of the game here Monday night to rally past visiting Wood County Christian, 51-49.

The deciding basket came when Yellowjacket BreeAnn Reynolds stole an inbounds pass with 20 seconds to go and scored on a layup as Williamstown upped its record to 10-6.

Leading the way for the Yellowjackets were Samantha Dedrick with 22 points and Ashley Morris with 19.

Wood County Christian (9-6w) got 13 points from Hannah Lord whiule Heather Lord, Rachel Ruble and Adria Herridge had 8 points each. Herridge also accounted for 13 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Both teams return to action tonight, weather permitting as Williamstown is scheduled to entertain Tyler Consolidated and Wood County Christian is scheduled to play at Licking Christian.