WILLIAMSBURG - Williamsburg boys basketball coach Mike Farrell said that turnovers have been an issue for the team so far this season, but it wasn't a problem for the Blue Pirates Friday against Claysburg-Kimmel.
Williamsburg limited its turnovers and took advantage of Claysburg turnovers to open up an early double-digit lead in a 56-42 victory over the Bulldogs.
"It shows we're growing. We didn't turn the ball quite as much and did a good job running our offense," Farrell said. "I like the way we play defense. We create chaos. Kudos to the kids for using their feet, hustling and playing fast."
Cody Palmer led Williamsburg with 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Austin McMonagle scored in double digits as well with 11 points. Brandon Ross and Bryce Young added eight apiece.
"It was an intense, physical game. Both teams had upwards of 15 fouls apiece in the second half," Farrell said.
Williamsburg improved to 6-3, 4-1 in the Inter-County North Division. Claysburg fell to 5-6, 3-2 in ICC North action.
The Blue Pirates ended the first quarter with a 7-0 run and scored the first four points of the second quarter to put Claysburg in an early hole.
McMonagle started the spurt with a layup off an assist from Young out of the high post, and Peyton Brown drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Cody Palmer hit three straight jump shots, two from the baseline and one from the elbow, that gave Williamsburg a 19-6 lead.
"We looked like a team that never got off the bus," Claysburg coach Josh Klausman said. "They jumped on us, and we looked like we were shell-shocked. We were playing too fast and put ourselves in some bad positions. They took advantage of it."
Claysburg answered with seven straight points. Brandon Gergely sank a 3-pointer then added two more points on a putback.
Luke Eberhart's driving bucket pulled the Bulldogs to within 19-13 midway through the second quarter, but that was as close as Claysburg got the rest of the way.
Williamsburg built the lead back up to 13 for a 30-17 halftime lead and kept the Bulldogs at bay throughout the second half.
"Our half-court sets were abysmal. They did a good job of forcing to where their strengths are and used the blindside trap to put us in bad positions," Klausman said. "Give them credit. They played hard. Loose balls should be about 50-50. I think it was 90-10 Williamsburg."
Carter Cerully led Claysburg with 14 points. Luke Eberhart scored 11 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked five shots.
"Luke's one our three captains as a sophomore. He's not a vocal leader, but he's one of those guys that goes out there whether we're up 20 or down 20 and leads by example," Klausman said. "He's gaining confidence and continues to get stronger and stronger every day."
CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL (42): Lamont 2 4-7 8, Gergely 3 0-2 7, Cerully 5 3-4 14, Eberhart 4 3-5 11, Dugan 1 0-0 2, Brown 0 0-1 0, Claycomb 0 0-0 0, Bogel 0 0-0 0. Totals - 15 10-19 42.
WILLIAMSBURG (56): Biddle 1 2-4 4, Ross 1 6-8 8, McMonagle 3 5-7 11, Young 2 4-8 8, Palmer 7 0-0 14, Shaw 2 0-0 4, Brown 3 0-0 7, Michelone 0 0-0 0. Totals - 19 17-27 56.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Claysburg-Kimmel6 11 12 13 - 42
Williamsburg 15 15 8 18 - 56
3-point goals: Claysburg-Kimmel 2 (Gergely, Cerully); Williamsburg 1 (Brown).
Records: Claysburg-Kimmel (5-6, 3-2 ICC North); Williamsburg (6-3, 4-1 ICC North).
JV: Williamsburg, 36-26. High scorers-Claycomb, CK,12; Brown, W, 12.