The Williamson Warriors (3-16) were able to claim a big win over the Cowanesque Valley Indians (6-13) by a score of 68-55 on Saturday, Feb. 1 to take their third win of the season.
Williamson grabbed a slim lead early, and Kolby Allen and Carter Strange were able to do what they have all season-long, and that’s score. In the first Allen and Strange combined to score all 14 of the Warriors points, and push them to an early advantage of 14-12.
The Warriors then expanded on their lead, as they outscored the Indians by five points in the second as well, and pushed their lead to 31-24 in the first half.
The Indians were led at the break by Seth Huyler, who has been one of the best scorers in the NTL so far this season as well, as he helped keep things close heading into halftime with 10 points.
In the opening frame of the second half of play, the Indians started to put together a really, as McGuire Painter and Huyler both began to heat up. Painter scored eight points in the quarter, and Huyler also chipped in six, with the Indians outscoring the Warriors 20-14 in the third, and all but erasing the Warriors halftime lead, closing the gap to 45-44.
The comeback was put on hold in the fourth quarter, with a resilient Warriors team coming out on fire in the fourth, and their defense also able to settle in and get much-needed stops down the stretch. The Warriors also used good free-throw shooting in the quarter, as they connected on 9 of 13 shots from the charity-stripe on their way to a 23-point fourth quarter.
After the strong run to end the game, the Warriors were able to escape Westfield with a victory by a score of 68-55 on the back of a 23-11 run that spanned the length of the fourth quarter.
Williamson was led by the two-headed monster that is Allen and Strange as they combined for 48 of the 68 points for the Warriors with Strange netting 27 points and Allen contributing 21 in the win. Brennan Bolt also had a good outing for the Warriors as he scored eight points as well.
The Indians had a good shot to capture a home win, but the fourth quarter onslaught saw the comeback attempt fall short for CV. Huyler continues to be the top-scoring option for the Indians and scored 21 points in the loss.
Painter also had a respectable outing as he scored eight points all during the Indians third quarter surge.
Williamson is reaching the end of their season, and hosted the Canton Warriors (10-9) on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and will host their final two games of the season against Sayre (8-10) and Northern Potter to end their season.
The Cowanesque Valley Indians started to gain traction during the opening weeks of the season, but have faltered down the stretch, losing seven of their last nine games. The Indians will look to right the ship as they hosted the North Penn-Liberty team on Tuesday, Jan. 4 and then host a second contest against the Canton Warriors (10-9).