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Yellowjackets Too Much for Knights

By Staff | Jan 15, 2020

Tyler Consolidated's Caleigh Phillips prepares to inbound the ball during a game with Williamstown.

Visiting Tyler Consolidated never led as Wlliamstown, the States 10th ranked Class A girls basketball team rolled over the Silver Knights 90-54, in a battle of Little Kanawha Conference foes.

The Knights managed to get three players in double figures with sophmore guard Caleigh Phillips leading the way with 15 points. She was backed by Lauren Templeton with 12 and Regan Smith with 10. Landry Buchanan added seven markers and Allie Miller canned six, while Kelsi Vandruff added four points.

Williamstown took an early eight point lead before Phillips got an assist with a nifty pass to Templeton to get the Knights on the score board. Phillips ended with 10 rebounds and seven assists for a doubledouble to finish a good nights work.

However it wasn’t enough as the Jackets scored pretty much at will and finished with five players in twin figures with Lakyn Vandruff getting 19 points for game scoring honors. She had ample support from Sophie Folwell with 12, while Taylor Newton 11 and Katle Sauro added 10. The Yellowjackets had 11 players score in the game. Keely Alsup hit the first two baskets for the homne team , but had to leave the game with an ankle injury.

Tyler fell to (1-8) on the season and (1-4) in league play. Tyler managed to stay close in the early parts of the first quarter, but the depth and physicality of Williamstown let them build up a 14 point 26-12 advantage after eight minutes and continue to pull away for a 48-24 halftime lead.

Coming out after the break the home squad never let up and pushed the lead to 40 before calling off the dogs. The Silver Knights managed a 18-14 advantage in the last frame, with the visitors playing the reserves.

For the contest the Silver Knights made 24-62 field goal attempts while the Yellowjackets canned 32-80 from the field. The Knights hit just 5-12 from the free throw line while the Jackets canned 14-20. The Silver Knights managed a 49-41 advantage on the boards with Allie Miller grabbing nine and Templeton hauling in six along with Phillips 10. Buchanan added three steals for the Knights.

“We’ve played pretty good for our age and we’re getting better as we go,” said Knights new head coach Tommy Phillips. ” Our shots are coming along. That’s the most points we’ve scored all year. That’s our goal, get better before sectionals. We’re working our best.”

Williamstown used a pressure defense which caused the Knights to turn the ball over 28 times including 23 which came by steals that led to countless easy baskets for the home squad.

Williamstown also won the JV game in convincing fashion by a score of 70-26. Caitlyn Northcraft led the Knights JV squad in scoring with eight points. The Yellowjackets and Silver Knights will meet again tonight on the Silver Knights floor for a re-match beginning at 7:30 p.m.