Freshman Maddie Watters scored a career-high 26 points as she helped Class B No. 7-ranked Williamston grab a 65-51 CAAC White victory over Lansing Catholic on Friday night.
The Hornets (12-1, 4-0) have now won eight consecutive games since losing to Flint Powers Catholic in December.
“They are our rivals. It feels good to beat them,” said Williamston senior Sarah Schultz, who scored 17 points. “Because they’re our rivals, we were motivated to get out there and do what we do.”
Williamston ended the first quarter leading the Cougars (5-6, 2-4), 13-10. But Lansing Catholic got out to an early 9-4 run in the second quarter and regained the lead.
The Hornets defused the Cougars’ run midway through the second quarter, as they ended the quarter on a 13-4 run. They went into the half leading 30-23.
“Coach just wanted us to push the ball,” Watters said. “Lansing Catholic gave us a tough fight, they were working hard just like us.
“We wanted to push it at the end of the first half (to get momentum going into the second).”
However, it was Lansing Catholic that came out in the second half with a sense of urgency. The Cougars started the third quarter outscoring Williamston, 9-7. Lansing Catholic was able to cut its deficit to five.
“I’m very proud of my team,” Cougars coach Kacee Reid said. “We had a game plan coming in here, and they stuck to it. Obviously, Williamston is one of the best teams in the area, state right now. We’re very proud of our effort.”
But once again, at the end of the quarter, the Hornets slowed Lansing Catholic’s quick offensive start, and they finished the quarter on an 8-4 run.
Williamston carried a nine-point lead into the game’s final eight minutes. The Hornets’ trio of Watters, Schultz and Renee Sturm combined for 20 fourth-quarter points, which denied the Cougars of any comeback opportunity.
“It’s only a good loss if you learn something from it,” Reid said. “You have to realize that you can play against some of the better teams in the area. …You have to play that way every day. You can’t pick and choose what games you play like that.”
Sturm added 13 points for Williamston.
Maria Repichowski had a team-high 19 points for Lansing Catholic and Ellie Dionise scored 11 points.