EBENSBURG - It looked like the Williamsburg girls basketball team had the momentum going into the fourth quarter of Monday night's District 6 Class A first round playoff game against United.
The Lady Blue Pirates closed out the third quarter on a 7-0 run to tie the game going into the final period. However, they were not able to carry that momentum into the final frame.
Williamsburg scored two layups early in the fourth quarter to grab a 27-23 lead with 7:03 left in the game. But the Lady Lions responded with a 13-0 run to grab a commanding nine-point lead.
They closed the game out at the free-throw line to end Williamsburg's season with a 39-31 victory at Central Cambria High School.
"We're 10-13, and you saw why," Williamsburg head coach Don Appleman said. "We did some good things, but we can't maintain - we're not consistent. We miss easy shots and we don't make smart plays at times on defense. We just don't always play effectively and efficiently. Effort is always there, the kids play hard, but sometimes we lack the skills to try to do the things we want to do."
Appleman called timeout with 4:02 left in the third quarter with his team trailing by seven. Following the timeout, the Lady Blue Pirates made their run to tie the game. Haley Rhule hit a three pointer to get the run going. Anna Crouch later added a traditional three-point play to cut the Lady Lions lead to two points. A steal and layup by Hailey McCall sent the game into the final frame tied.
Williamsburg got layups by Kara Stayduhar and Crouch to give it a four-point lead.
But the Lady Lions responded immediately.
United went into the bonus with 6:55 left in the game, and used the free-throw line to get back into the game.
Laura Brilhart and Eden Bloom both made two free throws in one-and-one situations to tie the game with 6:13 left in regulation. Wendi Walsh converted two foul shots just over a minute later to push United back into the lead. A three-point play by Brilhart extended the lead to five points.
The Lady Blue Pirates missed an opportunity to cut into the lead when Stayduhar missed the front end of a one-and-one.
Taylor Mack followed with a layup for United to make the lead 34-27. Williamsburg missed two shots under the basket on its next possession, losing out on another opportunity to get back into the game. The Lady Lions hit three of four foul shots down the stretch to earn the win.
"We knew it would be a tough game," said Appleman. "We had our chances, we just didn't take advantage of opportunities."
Williamsburg held a 6-2 lead after a defensive first quarter.
McCall scored all six points for the Lady Blue Pirates in the opening frame. Defensively, they held United scoreless for almost the entire quarter. Bloom scored on a put-back with 21 seconds left in the quarter for the Lady Lions' first points.
United outscored the Lady Blue Pirates, 14-6, in the second quarter. Randilyn Peck hit two foul shots to give Williamsburg a 10-7 lead with 5:12 left before intermission.
The Lady Lions used a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the game, 13-10.
Cassondra Kensinger scored with 26 seconds left in the half to end the United run and cut the lead to one, but Surike hit a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to give the Lady Lions a 16-12 lead at intermission.
McCall was the only Williamsburg player in double figures, netting 11 points.
"I want to give our kids a lot of credit," said Appleman. "We got some big wins this year. We had a really good year, and a great senior class. I really enjoyed coaching these guys."
WILLIAMSBURG (31): Crouch 2 1-1 5, Kensinger 1 0-0 2, McCall 3 3-4 11, Stayduhar 1 0-1 2, M. Detwiler 0 0-0 0, Repine 1 1-2 4, Rhule 1 0-0 3, Peck 1 2-3 4, Shaw 0 0-0 0, Kennedy 0 0-0 0, A. Detwiler 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 7-11 31.
UNITED (39): Bloom 5 5-7 15, Mack 1 2-7 4, Walsh 1 4-4 6, Surike 2 1-2 7, Brilhart 1 3-3 5, Strait 1 0-1 2. Totals 11 15-24 39.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Williamsburg6 611 8-31
3-point goals-Williamsburg 4 (McCall 2, Repine, Rhule), United 2 (Surike 2).
Records-Williamsburg (10-13), United (12-11).