|Pirates down LadyCats in PCL action|
|Friday, February 15, 2013 1:37 PM|
The flow of the final game of the regular season for the Kalida Lady Wildcats and the Continental Lady Pirates started out with the Pirates from the opening tip and carried to the final buzzer as the guests put the spoils on Senior Night in Kalida with a 32-26 Putnam County League victory.
The Pirates (15-7, 5-2 PCL) scored 10 of the first 12 points in the contest and went on a 13-2 run in the first half to set the tone. Taylor Williamson led all scorers for Continental with 10 points; Leva Weller added eight.
On the home-team side, Jackie Gardner led the LadyCats (13-8, 4-3 PCL) with eight markers.
Weller hit the opening basket from the low post just seconds into the game and only a Julia Vandemark bucket for Kalida stopped the scoring spurt by the guests. Kalida shot just 3 of 22 in the first half and only 9 of 42 in the game.
However, the Pirates did not fair much better; connecting on just 7 of 23 in the first 16 minutes and only 12 of 39 in the contest. The home team was able to take the third frame, outscoring their guests 12-7 and drawing to within five at 17-12 when Gardner hit a bucket with 5:32 to go in the frame.
Nonetheless, the Pirates went on another stretch, this time a 8-0 run, capped off by a Willamson long range shot to make it a 22-12 score with just under four minutes to go in the third. The pendulum would swing back the way of the hosts as Kalida would grab the next eight points with Gardner and Nicole Recker (5 markers) providing the scoring.
Recker hit one from inside and one from beyond the arch; Gardner nailed a shot from the paint to cut the Continental lead down to four at 24-20 with 5:24 to go in the game. But, the shift in the impetus would turn again with the visitors connecting on 6 of 10 from the foul line and despite a lone bucket from the field by Weller the Pirates were able to hang on and not relinquish the lead.
Williamson hit a pair of key free throws with just over a minute to go to help seal the win for the visitors. The two could potentially square off again Saturday February 23 in the Sectional Finals at Bluffton as the Pirates got the bye in the first round, but for the rematch to take place the ‘Cats have to knock off the Fort Jennings Lady Musketeers; their opponent in the opening round on Tuesday.
The other part of the bracket has the Ottoville Lady Green going up against the Perry Lady Commodores.