Kitchensales.com wins another trophy
By Jim Lane
For the Mirror
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The championship playoff game in the Alumni Division of the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA Women’s Basketball League didn’t live up to advance billing but the final result was the same: another title for Kitchensales.com.
In a surprisingly-low scoring game, Kitchensales.com nabbed its fourth straight crown with a 47-40 win over I&Y Construction on Tuesday night.
“I really expected a much higher scoring game,” said Kitchensales.com player-coach Kristi Kaack.
“It wasn’t the outcome we were expecting,” noted I&Y Construction’s Sydney Snyder, “but they’re a really great team.
“It came down to us having to foul and they made their free throws,” Snyder, the former Northern Bedford standout, said.
On paper, Kitchen-sales.com looked like the dominant team with a starting five of three-year pro Alli Williams and college veterans Kaack (Duquesne), Kasey Reffner (Presbyterian), Marrysa Moyer (Lock Haven) and Morgan Griffith (Shippensburg).
However, I&Y Construc-tion, a team of area players, most of whom are still in the early stages of their college careers, more than held its own until the final seven minutes of the game.
In a see-saw first half, Kitchensales.com held a 20-18 advantage at intermission.
A pair of 3-pointers by Cassie Mock gave I&Y a 32-28 lead with about seven minutes to play, but a 7-0 run by Kitchensales.com turned the tide. Paige Whitfield started the flurry with a pair of fouls, Moyer’s trey pushed the champs ahead, 33-32, before Griffith added two more free throws.
Leading 40-37, with 2:20 left, Kitchensales clinched it with a 5-0 spurt — free throws by Griffith and Williams and a layup by Reffner.
Neither team shot well from the field — there were only five total 3-pointers — but Kitchensales.com won because it converted 23-of-33 from the foul line while I&Y Construction was limited to 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. The losers had a 16-11 advantage in field goals.
“Honestly, both teams usually shoot well from 3-point range,” Kaack said. “We were talking about our shots not falling, so we knew we had to make fouls and Alli (Williams) was a big part of that because she’s tough to stop in the lane.
“Plus, it came down to a couple defensive stops at the end, and we did that,” Kaack said.
Williams, the former BG and St. Francis star who played professionally overseas, led all scorers with 18 points, including 11-of-13 at the free throw line. Williams said she will be a graduate assistant at St. Francis for the 2017-18 season.
Kaack, the Mount Aloysius coach, is 30 years old but was as quick as anyone on the court, picking off at least a half dozen steals from her younger foes while scoring 11 points.
“I’m still having fun playing,” Kaack offered. “I want to do it as long as I can.”
I&Y CONSTRUCTION (40): Donley 1 0-0 3, Snyder 2 2-2 6, Shuke 2 0-0 4, Mock 3 0-0 8, Mottern 2 0-0 5, Shetrom 3 1-2 7, Detwiler 2 1-2 5, Leysock 0 0-0 0, Love 0 0-0 0, Herrington 1 0-0 2. Totals — 16 4-6 40.
KITCHENSALES.COM (47): Kaack 3 5-7 11, Moyer 2 1-5 6, Griffith 2 4-6 8, Conrad 0 0-0 0, Benzel 0 0-0 0, Whitfield 0 2-2 2, Reffner 1 0-0 2, Williams 3 11-13 18. Totals — 11 23-33 47.
Halftime Score: Kitchensales.com 20-18. 3-point goals: Kitchensales.com 2 (Moyer, Williams); I&Y Construction 4 (Mock 2, Donley, Mottern).
Officials: Sue Kovensky, Bill Pfeffer, Joe Bilka.