Staring at a 15 point halftime deficit, the Litchfield Lady Panthers made a second half run at Williamsville Tuesday evening, Dec. 3, but the Bullets were able to hang on for a 44-39 decision.
Coach Rob Corso’s varsity squad got into foul trouble in the first half and the charity stripe became a friend to the Bullets as sophomore Maddie Roberts poured in 8-of-8 from the line and Addison Woods was a perfect 2-for-2.
The Bullets took advantage of their 13 opportunities at the free throw line during the contest and missed just one charity toss in the fourth quarter. Roberts finished the night as the scoring leader with 17 points, 12 of which were scored in the first half.
Coach Corso switched to a 2-3 zone late in the first half and the change in defense sparked the offense as the Panthers put four players in the scoring column in the third quarter with Becky Painter tossing in five points followed by Emily Senjan with four and Cara Pence and Carly Boden each with a bucket. Addison Wood’s three-pointer and Lexy Henrikson’s two accounted for the only scoring for the Bullets.
The Panthers were able to trim the Bullet lead to less than four but again the free throw line loomed large for the hosts as Litchfield was forced to foul for possession and the Bullets responded with four out of five free throws in the waning minutes of the fourth.
The Litchfield offense matched their third quarter point total in the fourth with balanced scoring from Emily Senjan and Becky Painter, each with four points, Carson Jackson with a trey and Carly Boden with a two.
Statistically, Williamsville connected for 14-of-38 shots from the floor while Litchfield was 17-of-49. Both teams sank four shots from beyond the arc and both teams tossed in 18 points from the paint.
The Panthers outrebounded the Bullets 32-24 and scored 13 points off of turnovers while Williamsville had 12 from Litchfield’s miscues. Litchfield was 1-of-3 from the charity stripe while the Bullets enjoyed a 12-of-13 advantage.
Becky Painter was the leading scorer for the Panthers with 12, including two three-point field goals, followed by Emily Senjan with eight points, all of which were scored in the second half.
The Panthers will entertain Staunton tonight with game time at 6 p.m. The two teams played on Nov. 26 in last week’s Litchfield Round Robin Tournament and it was Litchfield who captured the win. They will enjoy home court advantage again on Saturday when they play host to Springfield Lutheran at 1 p.m.
December 3 at Williamsville
Williamsville 14 14 5 11 44
Litchfield 6 7 13 13 39
Williamsville (44) – Maddie Roberts 17, Lexy Henrikson 10, Addison Woods 9, Lauren Bartlett 4, Maddie Murphy 2, Hayley Rapp 2. Totals: 14 (12-13) 44.
Litchfield (39) – Becky Painter 12, Emily Senjan 8, Carly Boden 6, Maddie Diamond 5, Carson Jackson 3. Totals: 17 (1-3) 39.
Three-point field goals: Williamsville 4 (Lexy Henrikson 2, Addison Woods 1, Maddie Roberts 1); Litchfield 4 (Becky Painter 2, Maddie Diamond 1, Carson Jackson 1).
Records: Williamsville (2-3); Litchfield (5-2).