RACINE, Ohio — A total of 150 field goal attempts were taken in Monday night’s non-conference girls basketball game between Southern and Williamstown, unfortunately for the host Lady Tornadoes two-thirds of the shots were fired by the Lady Yellowjackets.
The Williamstown girls basketball team made just 27 percent of its shots, but forced 42 turnovers and pulled in 38 offensive rebounds en route to a 72-52 non-conference victory.
Williamstown (8-1) and Southern (7-3) battled through four lead changes in the opening stanza, but the Lady ‘Jackets ended the first with a narrow 14-13 lead.
The guests hit a pair of trifectas in the opening 3:30 of the second period, helping expanded their lead to 22-14. The Purple and Gold scored eight of the next 10 points to cut their deficit to 24-22 with 3:00 left in the quarter, but Williamstown ended the first half with an 8-0 run and a 32-22 lead.
At halftime the Lady ‘Jackets led the turnover battle by a 19-to-5 clip, while outrebounding the Lady Tornadoes 29-to-25. WHS hit 11-of-55 field goal attempts in the first half, while Southern was 8-of-24 from the field.
Seven different players scored for Williamstown in the third quarter, allowing the Maroon and Gold to push the advantage to 49-36 headed into the finale. Southern was never closer than 13 over the final eight minutes and WHS cruised to a 72-52 triumph.
“That game’s pretty easy to decipher,” Wolfe said. “We did a poor job rebounding the basketball, we did a poor job handling their pressure and we made a lot of poor decisions tonight. It’s a loss, but it’s against a good team. We knew they were a little bit like Waterford, they trap you, press you and force your tempo.”
For the game WHS held a 42-to-14 advantage in turnovers, a 31-to-8 advantage in steals and a 16-to-8 edge in assists. The Lady Yellowjackets pulled in 13 defensive rebounds and 38 offensive boards, compared to SHS, which had 29 defensive rebounds and 18 offensive. SHS held a 10-to-3 advantage in blocked shots, and committed 18 fouls, just one fewer than Williamstown.
WHS shot 12-of-20 (60 percent) from the free throw line and 27-of-100 (27 percent) from the field, including 6-of-25 (24 percent) from beyond the arc. Southern made 13-of-20 (65 percent) free throw attempts and 19-of-50 (38 percent) shots from the field, including 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) three-point tries.
The Lady Tornadoes were led by Faith Teaford with 30 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks, followed by Haley Hill with 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Ali Deem finished with six points, eight rebounds and two steals, Sierra Cleland added four points and seven boards, while Josie Cundiff marked one point in the setback. SHS senior Jansen Wolfe, who didn’t score in the game, marked nine rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one steal before fouling out.
Prior to Monday night, Southern had won four straight home games and hadn’t lost in Racine since November 23.
Melissa Cieslewski led WHS with 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and six steals, while Samantha Dedrick added 11 points, six rebounds and seven steals. Courtney Dotson marked 11 points, four steals and a block, Brooke Stewart added seven points, while Shania George and Bethany Wager each had six points.
Ashley Morris and Aubrey Yeager each posted five points in the win, with Morris also contributing four assists and five steals. Bree Reynolds scored four points for WHS, while Bethany Arnold had two points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
Williamstown had won its first seven games of the year by an average margin of 33.1 points, before falling at rival St. Marys 89-65 on December 22.
“We have to be more disciplined, take care of the ball and take better shots,” said Wolfe. “It was a good test for us to see where we’re at and the weaknesses that we have. It was a chance to work on those weaknesses and try to get better. The girls are a little disappointed tonight, they don’t like to lose, but we’ll see what kind of team we have on Wednesday.”
Southern will host Meigs — which has won three straight — on Wednesday night.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.