Lady Pirates earn crown in defensive battle

WILLIAMSBURG – The defenses became the deciding factor as Glendale and Williamsburg met in the Blue Pirates Boosters Holiday Tournament girls championship Game.

It was the Lady Pirates’ defense that made the last stand.

In a back-and-forth offensive struggle, Williamsburg defeated the Lady Vikings, 25-20, Saturday night at Williamsburg High School.

While disappointed over the lack of offense, Lady Pirate coach Don Appleman was happy to see that his team stood tall on defense.

“They all made good defensive plays,” he said. “They made key steals, and key rebounds, that’s all you can ask.”

It would take until the 3:59 mark of the first quarter for either team to score as the Lady Vikings’ Cassidy Noel’s free-throw gave the visitors a 1-0 lead. She led all scorers for Glendale with nine.

Nearly 1:30 later, Madison Detwiler put the home team on the board with jumper to give the Pirates a 2-1 advantage.

The Pirate offense appeared to be taking off in the second quarter as they scored 10 points in the stanza. Tournament MVP Kara Stayduhar scored a critical 3-pointer from the corner to give Williamsburg a 12-9 halftime lead.

“We had to pull it out and keep it together,” Stayduhar said after managing to score six points.

“Defensively we’ve been playing pretty good,” Glendale coach John Matchock said. “Offensively, we just hit a wall.”

In the third quarter, the Lady Pirates started briefly to pull away. Led by two jumpers from Cassandra Kensinger, the champions amassed a six-point lead at 22-16.

The offenses for both teams disappeared again until late in the fourth quarter when Kristal Peterson buried the Lady Vikings only field goal of the final stanza.

Williamsburg was able to counter with its unsung hero in senior Hailey McCal, whol sunk three out of four of her game-deciding free-throws to finish all scoring with over 10 seconds to play.

McCall felt that this was a step forward for the Pirates after battling nerves after coming through in the clutch.

“This is a big step for us,” McCall said. “We really needed this one.”

“With the good shooters like Hailey at the end, she pulled through,” Stayduhar said of her teammate’s effort.

Matchock feels his offense will have to improve if his team is to get going in the right direction.

“We need to get some other people in double figures,” he said. “One person [alone] can’t win a game like that.”

Appleman credited the Lady Vikings for playing tough under the circumstances.

“It’s nice to win your own tournament,” he said. “Coach Matchock is a great guy. His kids are always well prepared. Give him and his team credit.”

In the consolation game, Philipsburg-Osceola defeated Moshannon Valley, 47-32. Briana Rusnak registered a double-double scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Abby Showers chipped in with 18, and Haylee Hayward had nine assists.

Hannah Kitko scored 14 for the Damsels.

Tournament notes: Williamsburg was 5-for-13 from the free-throw line compared to Glendale’s 5-for-11. The Lady Pirates hit nine field goals to the Lady Vikings seven. Kensinger and McCall joined Stayduhar as all-tournament team members for Williamsburg. Rusnak from Philipsburg-Osceola, Katelyn Matthews and Cassidy Noel from Glendale, and Hannah Kitko from Moshannon Valley also made all-tournament team. Kristal Peterson from Glendale won the Best Defensive Player award, and Anna Crouch from Williamsburg was given the Sportsmanship Award.


GLENDALE (20): McMurray 0 0-0 0, Matthews 1 3-7 5, Peterson 3 0-0 6, Kimberly 0 0-0 0, Noel 3 2-4 9, Fowler 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 5-11 20.

WILLIAMSBURG (25): McCall 0 3-4 3, Stayduhar 2 0-0 6, Kensinger 2 0-1 4, Rhule 3 1-2 7, M. Detwiler 2 0-0 4, Repine 0 0-4 0, Crouch 0 1-2 1. Totals 9 5-13 25.


Glendale3 6 7 3 – 20

Williamsburg2 10 10 4 – 25

3-point field goals: Glendale 1 (Noel); Williamsburg 2 (Stayduhar 2)

Records: Glendale (5-5); Williamsburg (5-5)

Referees: Clark Adelman, Ray Wotkowski, Jack McDougal


PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA (47): Showers 8 2-4 18, Myers 0 1-2 1, Rusnak 7 7-7 21, Hayward 1 0-0 3, Meersand 0 0-0 0, Whitehead 2 0-0 4, Bone 0 0-0 0, Foreman 0 0-0 0, Burge 0 0-0 0. Totals – 18 10-13 47.

MOSHANNON VALLEY (32): Swoope 3 2-7 9, Kronenwetter 1 0-0 2, Sneal 1 0-0 3, Smith 1 0-1 2, Stodart 0 0-0 0, Kolesar 2 0-2 5, Matehook 0 0-0 0, H. Kitko 4 1-2 11, K. Kitko 0 0-0 0, M. Kitko 0 0-0 0. Totals – 12 3-12 32.


Philipsburg-Osceola14 15 12 6 – 47

Moshannon Valley3 6 16 7 – 32

3-point goals: Philipsburg-Osceola 1 (Hayward); Moshannon Valley 5 (H. Kitko 2, Swoope, Sneal, Kolesar).

Records: Philipsburg-Osceola (3-6).