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Lewisburg hands Williamsport its second straight loss in girls basketball

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Lewisburg's Roz Noone tries to score as she's defended by Williamsport's Kailee Helmrich during Wednesday's game at Williamsport's Magic Dome.

Down by just one point, Williamsport was at the free throw line with a chance to take the lead. The Millionaires trailed Lewisburg for nearly the entire game and with 5 minutes, 42 seconds left, the Millionaires were hoping this was the moment to take the lead and swing some of the momentum away from the Green Dragons.

But neither shot connected and Lewisburg took advantage of it, scoring less than 30 seconds later to go ahead by 3.

It was the Millionaires last chance to take the lead.

Lewisburg played solid defense throughout the game and prevented Williamsport from rallying after the missed free throws in a 46-36 win at the Magic Dome on Wednesday night.

“We missed some easy shots and there were times we weren’t executing our offense well. We have been working last couple days of being able to run the offense so we can look for good looks, but it’s our first home game and we had some jitters,” Williamsport coach Terrill Seward-Buxton said.

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Williamsport's Kailee Helmrich drives into the paint as Lewisburg players close in during Wednesday's game at Williamsport's Magic Dome.

Williamsport played well throughout the game, and twice in the third quarter cut the deficit down to three, but Lewisburg always seemed to counter when the Millionaires got close and never let Williamsport get into a rhythm.

The Green Dragons went on a 9-0 run late in the first quarter to take a 15-6 lead before Williamsport eventually tied the game with 2:06 to play in the second quarter thanks to a shot by Jessica Robinson. But Lewisburg stayed focused and went right back to work offensively to build up a three-point lead. Williamsport twice cut it down to one in the second quarter, including a great baby hook by Robinson to make it a 23-22 deficit.

“We played Shikellamy on Monday who full-court pressed the entire game and today with Williamsport, they’re a tough team. They played extremely hard and they get after it” Lewisburg coach Brett Sample said. “I was very proud of the way we played. We definitely had a little bit of tired legs there, but they worked really hard.”

After Kailee Helmrich scored 30 seconds into the third quarter to cut the deficit to 27-26, Lewisburg proceeded to score six quick points in a minute’s span to go ahead by seven after Williamsport’s two missed free throws. Payton Baney hit two big shots late in the third quarter for Williamsport that made it a three-point deficit.

Robinson was huge for Williamsport all night. She scored a team-high 10 points and nearly had a double-double as she grabbed eight rebound, also a team high.

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Williamsport's Kailee Helmrich tries to shoot over Lewisburg's Lauren Gross during Wednesday's game at Williamsport's Magic Dome.

“Jessica’s a versatile big. She can shoot the mid-range, she can guard guards. We’re trying to get her to be more of our vocal leader,” Seward-Buxton said. “As she gets better and more comfortable with things, that helps us out a lot more.”

For Lewisburg, the combination of Roz Noone and Sophie Kilbride proved to be tough for Williamsport to contain. Noone ended with 13 points, four assists, four boards and a steal and Kilbride scored 12 points, had six rebounds, two steals and an assist. Kilbride also went 6 for 7 from the floor.

“Roz, she’s reliable. She’s a great offensive threat. She hits shots and she’s attacking the basket, she’s making her game more than one dimensional, which is phenomenal for her,” Sample said. “Sophie kind of runs the show out there. She’s a sophomore year, so still filling into that role, but she’s nonstop. She’d probably go another game after this if she wanted to. She has that much energy.”

Williamsport’s offense couldn’t get into a rhythm in the fourth quarter as the Millionaires scored just four points.

Robinson was Williamsport’s only player in double figures, but Alex Chilson added six points and Abigail Mahon came off the bench to sore five. Helmrich also played well dishing out assists as she had six to go with her four points.

Lewisburg held an advantage on the glass and collected 16 defensive rebounds, preventing Williamsport from getting second-chance looks. It’s something Seward-Buxton noted was tough for Williamsport to defend against.

“They crashed the boards really hard. Instead of all five boxing out, some would take a play off here and others would do it. We have to get to point all five people on court doing their job and not waiting for somebody else to do it,” Seward-Buxton said. “And Lewisburg went hard. They’re going to go hard all the time.”

The Millionaires led for just 61 seconds to start the game when Chilson and Robinson both hit shots to take a quick 4-0 lead. Chilson then tied the game with 4:58 to play in the second quarter before Lewisburg went on a 9-0 run to get some breathing room.

Regan Llonso had nine points and grabbed six boards and Lauren Gross had seven points, four rebounds, an assist, steal and played well defensively throughout the game. Hope Drumm added five for Lewisburg.

“There were times defensively that we let them just swing the ball around and we didn’t have that effort to get into that passing lane or effort to box that person out,” Seward-Buxton said.

The Millionaires host Hazleton on Saturday and are seeking their first win of the season.

Lewisburg 46, Williamsport 36

LEWISBURG (46)

Roz Noone 2 3-4 13; Sophie Kilbride 6 0-0 12; Lauren Gross 2 3-5 7; Regan Llonso 3 3-5 9; Hope Drumm 2 0-0 5; Maddie Still 0 0-0 0; Anna Baker 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 9-14 46.

WILLIAMSPORT (36)

Cierra Rainer 0 0-0 0; Alex Chcilson 3 0-0 6; Sarina Beiter 1 0-0 2; Jessica Robinson 5 0-2 10; Kailee Helmrich 2 0-2 4; Payton Baney 2 0-0 4; Abigail Mahon 2 0-0 5; Samantha Soto 1 0-0 3; Mia Nieto 1 0-0 2; Ella Wilson 0 0-0 0; Kiara Hughes 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 0-4 36.

Lewisburg 15 10 12 9 – 46

Williamsport 8 16 8 4 – 36

3-point goals: Lewisburg 3 (Noone 2, Drumm 1), Williamsport 2 (Mahon 1, Soto 1).

Records: Lewisburg (3-0), Williamsport (0-2). Next game: Hazleton at Williamsport, Saturday; Muncy at Lewisburg, Monday, 7:30 p.m.

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