Williamstown edges St. Marys 51-48 to claim state tournament spot

ST. MARYS, W.Va. — Williamstown scored twice on the same baseline inbounds play in the final minute to defeat St. Marys, 51-48 in the Class AA Region I co-final Thursday evening.

The Yellowjackets twice took the lead on the inbounds pass from Georgie Inman to Sophia Folwell. The second basket with 30 seconds remaining gave WHS a lead they would not relinquish.

“I love ‘Iowa’,” said Williamstown head coach Fred Sauro of the play call. “We recently started using it again this week. It is a simple play. It sends two posts down there almost simultaneously. One cuts as soon as the other one cuts. It is a difficult cover when you are trying to cover both corners too.”

Williamstown led 14-9 after the opening eight minutes and they led 21-15 at halftime. The ‘Jackets extended their lead to 11 points early in the third and led 41-33 after three.

St. Marys however did not allow a field goal for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and a 10-0 run pulled the home team even at 43-43 with three minutes left. St. Marys would tie the game two more times late but the ‘Jackets would not trail the rest of the way.

Junior guard Lakyn Joy led the Yellowjackets with 17 points.

“She was big and the strength of her game was her shot. She has learned how to drive better,” Sauro said. “She is an excellent shooter and is shooting almost 45 percent from three.”

Folwell added 10 points for WHS. Williamstown took two out of three meetings with St. Marys (15-4) this season.

“Here on March 6, we were down 28 points in this gym. We just morphed into a completely different team from that first week of the season.”

Zoe Davis led St. Marys with 18 points. Lara Fetty added 11 points.

Williamstown (14-5) has earned the No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 seed Frankfort in the Class AA quarterfinal round. The matchup is set for Tuesday at 11:15 a.m.

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