CLAYSBURG - Twice in the first half, Claysburg-Kimmel had Williamsburg on the ropes. Both times Williamsburg rallied and trailed by just three points at halftime.
Claysburg threw the knockout punch in the third quarter, however, with a 12-0 run on its way to a 54-36 victory Thursday night.
"We defended well and boxed out well in the third quarter," Claysburg coach Jeff Appleman said. "It was basically our guard strength against their inside strength, and our guards were just too strong and quick for them."
Despite picking up two fouls less than 3 minutes into the game, Abby Kulick scored a game-high 11 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Paige Burk and Kari Glass finished with 10 points apiece.
Ickes led the Claysburg defense with five steals, and Glass had five assists.
Claysburg ripped off 12 straight points more than 4 minutes into the third quarter to take command of the game.
Glass assisted on a Kulick layup to start the run, and Burk drained a 3-pointer from the corner.
Williamsburg's Randilyn Peck was then called for a technical foul after slamming the ball to the court following a traveling call. Glass converted the two free throws, and Burk drained a 3-pointer from the other corner on the next possession.
"That wasn't the turning point, but it definitely energized us," Appleman said. "It was unfortunate for them. Fortunate for us."
The Lady Bulldogs started the run exactly they way they started it with a Kulick layup off an assist from Glass for a 34-19 lead.
"I told the team at halftime that in a tight game, the third quarter is crucial," Williamsburg coach Jeremy Ebersole said. "We made a little run right before halftime. We needed to continue that run, but we came out flat."
For Claysburg (6-3, 3-1 ICC North), it was the team's first game of 2014.
"We haven't played in two weeks. I wasn't sure how we'd come out," Appleman said.
Claysburg started strong, jumping out to leads of 8-0 and 10-2 by the end of the first quarter, but Kulick and Ickes also picked up two fouls each.
"We were almost too energized," Appleman said.
Williamsburg (6-4, 2-3 ICC North) scored eight straight points at the start of the second quarter to tie the game, 10-10. Madison Detwiler scored back-to-back buckets for four of her team-high 10 points.
Claysburg outscored the Lady Pirates 12-4 through the middle part of the quarter keyed by a pair of layups and two free throws from Weiland.
Williamsburg answered with a Haley Rhule 3-pointer and a Madison Detwiler jump shot at the buzzer to make it a 22-19 game at halftime.
Peck had a strong game on the boards for the Lady Pirates, pulling down a game-high 15 rebounds. Madison Detwiler added nine rebounds to finish just shy of a double-double.
WILLIAMSBURG (36): Rhule 1 0-0 3, M. Detwiler 5 0-0 10, A. Detwiler 2 1-4 5, Kennedy 2 3-4 7, Peck 1 3-4 5, Bookhammer 2 2-3 6, Adams 0 0-0 0, Wombacher 0 0-0 0. Totals - 13 9-15 36.
CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL (54): Burk 4 0-0 10, Al. Locke 2 0-2 4, Glass 3 4-4 10, Kulick 4 3-6 11, Ickes 4 0-0 8, Weiland 2 4-4 8, Walter 0 1-2 1, Ab. Locke 0 0-0 0, Imler 0 0-0 0, Bushore 1 0-0 2. Totals - 20 12-18 54.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Williamsburg 2 17 5 12 - 36
Claysburg-Kimmel10 12 16 16 - 54
3-point goals: Williamsburg 1 (Rhule); Claysburg-Kimmel 2 (Burk).
Records: Williamsburg (6-4, 2-3 ICC North); Claysburg-Kimmel (6-3, 3-1 ICC North).
JV: 28-13, Claysburg-Kimmel. High scorers-Wombacher 6 (W); Burk 8 (CK).