WILLIAMSBURG - Entering Tuesday's game at Williamsburg, Claysburg-Kimmel's Paige Burk had knocked down an even 50 3-pointers on the season. She couldn't find the bottom of the net for 3 quarters against the Lady Pirates, however.
The sharp-shooting guard came through when it mattered most. Burk drained back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the fourth quarter to help the Lady Bulldogs down Williamsburg, 50-43, and put a damper on the Lady Pirates' senior night.
"Just when you start thinking she's not going to make one, she hits the biggest shot of the game," Claysburg coach Jeff Appleman said. "Those two 3s were big shots. We were dying for points. We weren't making our free throws, and we missed a lot of layups, especially early on."
The team as a whole shot less than 50 percent from the free throw line, 14-of-29, and was particularly bad from behind the arc, making just 2-of-19 prior to Burk's buckets.
The sophomore guard's first 3-pointer put Claysburg ahead, 42-41. The second padded the lead and made it a two-possession game.
"She's not afraid to shoot from anywhere on the court. We didn't step out and contest the deep 3," Williamsburg coach Jeremy Ebersole said.
Abby Kulick then made 1-of-2 free throws for a 46-41 lead, and the Lady Bulldogs started spreading the floor and running clock. Kulick made 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to finish with a game-high 23 points. The senior point guard also grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals.
"Abby kept telling the girls 'We're not going to lose this game.' She was determined to win this one," Appleman said.
Claysburg improved to 14-4, 9-2 in the Inter-County Conference North Division. Williamsburg dropped back-to-back games for the first time all season, falling to 10-8, 5-6 in the ICC North.
The win is the 526th of Appleman's coaching career. Combined with his brother Don Appleman's 474 wins, the two have 1,000 career victories.
"We knew it might happen here coming into the season," Jeff Appleman said. "It was quite a battle coming back to my old school on senior night. I'm just glad to be able to stand here and say we won."
Randilyn Peck led Williamsburg with 19 points and nine rebounds.
"Randilyn's been doing that all year. She really battles inside," Ebersole said. "She's probably the toughest girl on the team physically. She battles constantly."
Peck's deep 3-pointer earlier in the fourth quarter gave Williamsburg a 38-37 lead moments after Kulick put Claysburg in the lead with a layup. Camryn Bookhammer moved the Lady Pirates lead to three points with a layup off a steal she made near midcourt.
Elizabeth Weiland's ensuing layup pulled Claysburg back to within one prior to Burk's 3-pointers.
"Both of our point guards were in foul trouble, and we had to go to a zone. This game's the best man defense we played all year long," Ebersole said.
Bookhammer fouled out, and Haley Rhule played the entire fourth quarter with four fouls.
In the first half, Claysburg ended the first quarter with an 11-1 run for a 15-5 lead. Weiland scored on a putback of a Kulick miss, and Kari Glass hit a 3. Kulick banked in another trey then converted a pair of free throws with just two seconds left in the period.
Kulick scored nine of the Lady Bulldogs 15 points in the quarter.
Williamsburg answered in the second quarter on the strength of a 14-2 run. Peck fueled the surge with a pair of free throws and a short hook shot that rolled around the rim and fell through. The junior forward then stepped outside, pulling up on a fast break and knocking down a 3-pointer.
Rhule gave Williamsburg the lead with pair of free throws and added to it with a layup off an assist from Katie Kennedy.
A pair of Kulick free throws trimmed the Williamsburg lead to one at the half, 24-23.
CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL (50): Burk 2 0-0 6, Locke 0 0-4 0, Glass 2 1-2 6, Kulick 7 8-14 23, Ickes 1 0-1 2, Weiland 4 5-8 13, Walter 0 0-0 0. Totals - 16 14-29 50.
WILLIAMSBURG (43): Rhule 2 2-2 6, A. Detwiler 2 3-4 9, Adams 0 0-0 0, Kennedy 0 0-1 0, Peck 6 5-7 19, M. Detwiler 2 1-2 5, Bookhammer 1 2-2 4, Plumley 0 0-0 0. Totals - 13 13-18 43.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Claysburg-Kimmel15 8 10 17 - 50
Williamsburg5 19 9 10 - 43
3-point goals: Claysburg-Kimmel 4 (Burk 2, Glass, Kulick); Williamsburg 4 (A. Detwiler 2, Peck 2).
Records: Claysburg-Kimmel (14-4, 9-2 ICC North); Williamsburg (10-8, 5-6 ICC North).
JV: Claysburg-Kimmel, 20-17. High scorers-Weiland, CK, 11; Wombacher, W, 11.