The Williamson Lady Wolfpack returned back into action after the Christmas break with wins over county rivals Lenore, Burch, and Kermit. Taking a record of 9-and-1 into the Huntington Invitational at the Big Sandy Arena on Thursday.
The Lady Pack suffered their second loss of the season as Buffalo defeated them 35 to 24. This was an awesome experience for our team, Coach Hatcher stated. The Huntington Invitational consisted of 70 teams, including middle and high schools and Huntington Prep; starting on Tuesday Jan. 26 and playing into Saturday Jan. 30. Area high school teams were the Belfry Lady Pirates, Mingo Central Lady Miners and Tug Valley Panthers.
“We opened the Thursday session up with the toughest team we will face all season. This is why we took this game – to help us achieve our goals. Buffalo jumped on us in the second quarter with a 12-3 run; That hurt. We outscored them the final two quarters. Buffalo is a good team and we showed that we are too. Just didn’t make enough shots; they didn’t fall. We had never played in an open arena with roll out baskets, and high school and college 3-point line. We were shooting 3’s from college range. Pregame I told them to step in, but when you see that line, it’s three,” said Coach Boo Hatcher.
“Maliyah Martin was big for us with 8 points and 12 rebounds, 3 steals and one block shot. She played big when our shots were not falling. Martin was all over the floor. Katie Ball had 9 points which led the team, also with 3 straight block shots. Xziah Rhodes and Javi Williams had 4 each,” Hatcher added.
The Lady Pack’s next game will be Monday against the Lady Tigers of Matewan.