Entering Friday night both Williamston and Lansing Catholic controlled their own destinies in the CAAC White. After a 59-44 win for the Hornets, only one team can say that now.
The win for Williamston, its sixth in a row, ties it with Lansing Catholic for second place. Both teams are a game back of Corunna, who Williamston plays next Friday.
“It was so important because when we got that it put us in contention for the league,” Williamston senior Jim Kodet said.
After jumping out to a 21-14 halftime lead, Williamston looked like it was going to blow its game and title chances. Lansing Catholic went on a 13-2 run to start the third quarter.
The hot hand in that stretch was Cougars sophomore Matthew Fata, who had 11 points in the quarter.
He finished with a game-high 21 points.
“Matt was aggressive,” Lansing Catholic coach Darren Zwick said. “I thought he did a great job of creating offense for himself.”
Trailing 29-27 entering the fourth quarter, Kodet picked up the play of the night to put Williamston up for good. He converted a four-point play after being fouled while making a 3-pointer.
“When Jimmy hit that four-point play, that was huge and got the momentum going,” Williamston coach Jason Bauer said.
Kodet’s play was part of a 10-0 for Williamston in which he had eight points. For the game, he finished with 14 points.
As the Hornets reached a do-or-die situation to start the fourth quarter, Kodet knew he had to raise his game.
“We have to get it done as a family, so we all have to step up,” Kodet said.
With Kodet injured to start the season, the Hornets looked like a team in trouble, but now they are now on the verge of a share of the league championship.
“We want to win one so bad,” Kodet said. “We went from nothing to something.”
Lansing Catholic must now become a Williamston supporter to have a shot at the league title. The Cougars can gain only a share of first if the Hornets beat the Cavaliers.