WEST WILLIAMSON - The Williamson Wolfpack K-8 basketball teams secured two wins on Thursday evening over the visiting Kermit Blue Devils as the girls' team secured a 41-38 win while the boys' pulled out a win in overtime by a final of 33-32.
In the opener, the Lady Wolfpack and the Lady Blue Devils went back and forth in the first six minutes of play as Kermit held a slim 10-9 lead. Williamson caught fire in the second, however, and outscored Kermit 10-7 in the third to take a 19-17 halftime lead.
Williamson was able to keep control of the lead late despite a late rally by Kermit, and secured the win thanks to free throws by Laken Williams and Jaaliyah Warren as they walked away with the 41-38 county victory.
Williams led coach Julius "Boo Boo" Hatcher's squad with a game high 24 points including four three-pointers. Warren also reached double figures for the Pack as she scored 15 points, including 7-10 from the foul line. The duo combined for 39 of the Wolfpack's 41 points in the win.
Kyla Waller led the Blue Devils with 12 points and she was followed by Katie Marcum with nine. Kermit struggled from the foul line only shooting 10-26 while Williamson hit 17-28.
Score by Quarters:
KMS: 10 7 8 13 38
WMS: 9 10 9 13 41
Kermit: Kyla Waller 12, Katie Marcum 9, Allysa Allen 8, Kennadi Mollett 6, Taylor Richardson 3.
Williamson: Laken Williams 24, Jaaliyah Warren 15, Jenna Sparks 1, Megan Christian 1.
WILLIAMSON 32 KERMIT 31 OT (BOYS)
In the nightcap it was a rematch of the Mingo County Championship game from a season ago as the Williamson Wolfpack got revenge on the Kermit Blue Devils and won a thriller in overtime 33-32.
The Wolfpack jumped out to an early 10-7 lead after the first six minutes of play thanks to a hot start from big man Zion Martin. Kermit locked down defensively in the second frame however and held Williamson without a field goal and outscored them 7-2 to take a 14-12 halftime lead.
The Wolfpack came out of the locker room after a good chewing by coach Larry "Giddle" Johnson at halftime and responded in the third period outscoring the Devils 10-7 to regain the lead at 22-21 going into the fourth.
The game was knotted up at 28 in the final stanza when Kermit's Dakota Ooten grabbed a big rebound and took it down the floor himself to lay it in and give them a 30-28 lead with under a minute to play.
Williamson did not quit however as Dre Young hit a jumper from the short corner the next time down the floor and knotted the game back up at 30 apiece with less than 30 seconds on the clock.
Kermit coach Justin Kirk called a timeout to set up a play to win the game and got an open look for Kermit's Peyton Davis but the shot was just off the mark and the game was sent to overtime.
In the extra frame, Williamson got a big bucket from Kelan Wallace and free throw from Dre Young to take a 33-30 lead but a bucket by Jacob Sturgell would bring the lead back to one.
Kermit would get the ball back after a missed free throw by Williamson with a chance to win the game but a heave by Sturgell at the buzzer was just off the mark and the Wolfpack secured the win.
Williamson was led by Martin's 10 points as he was the lone player to net double figures on either side. Young and Matt Hatfield each added seven points while Wallace and Peyton Sansom each tallied four.
Ooten and Davis each led the Blue Devils with eight apiece as Davis led the team hitting two shots from behind the arc to help them get back in the game. Sturgell followed them with seven points while Juilan Vance flipped in four and Paul Preece scored three.
In the game Kermit only shot two foul shots and hit 1-2 while Williamson was an abysmal 5-16 from the charity stripe.
Kermit is scheduled to be back in action on Monday at rival Lenore while Williamson was back in action on Saturday as they hosted Guyan Valley.
Score by Quarters:
KMS: 7 7 7 9 2 32
WMS: 10 2 10 8 3 33
Kermit: Dakota Ooten 8, Peyton Davis 8, Jacob Sturgell 7, Julian Vance 4, Paul Preece 3, Mikey Fleming 2.
Williamson: Zion Martin 10, Dre Young 7, Matt Hatfield 7, Peyton Sansom 4, Kelan Wallace 4, Brayden Dotson 1.
Jarrid McCormick is a sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He can be reached by email at jmccormick@HDMediaLLC.com.