2018-02-13 / Sports

Walton Girls End Regular Season with Two Big Wins

By Tom Coddington

The Walton girls’ basketball team ended its regular season in a big way. On Tuesday, the Warriors drubbed host Harpursville, 53-33 in the final Midstate Athletic Conference game, and on Thursday, they doubled up on non-league foe Sullivan West, 64-32.

In the Tuesday game, they took a 41-17 lead into the locker room. They were shut out in the third quarter, but came back with 12 points in the final frame to secure the rout.

The Warriors drained 12 threepoint goals, including four by Jordynn Palmatier, three Kylee Wiggans, two apiece for Claire Loker and Carrisa Crandall and one by Riley McAdams. Palmatier finished with 12 points, McKenzie Clough nine, and Crandall eight. For the Hornets, Abbie Livermore tallied a game-high 13 points and Vanessa Groover added nine.

In Thursday’s game, the Warriors had a 29-12 lead at halftime, and outscored the Bulldogs, 20-7, in the final frame.

Olivia Harby had a game-high 16 points, Clough and Crandall netted 15 each, Harby and Palmatier sank three “treys” apiece and Crandall and Kiara Kinch one each. SW got 12 points from McKiley Burnette and 11 from Sabrina Martinez.

“One of the keys to our better shooting the last couple games is great ball movement — five or six passes in our half-court set,” stated Walton Head Coach Gary Backus on Friday. “It allows our girls to get their feet set, and our three-point attempts have looked a lot smoother. We have connected on 21 three-pointers in the last two games.

“We also have had a very balanced scoring attack, with seven different girls hitting from ‘downtown.’ Last night. Olivia 16 points, McKenzie 15 and Carissa’s varsity high of 15 was an example of fantastic team balance. Jordynn has hit seven threes over the past three games and Kylee was threefor four in the last two wins,” he concluded.

With those two wins, the Warriors’ overall record is 8-10, and 4-6 in league play.

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