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Posted January 21, 2012
Rivalry Saturday: No. 1 Benton edges Williamsburg again

Benton's Madison Weekly (12) puts up a shot during their Rivalry Saturday game at Washington High School at 2205 Forest Drive SE in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, January 21, 2012. (Stephen Mally/Freelance)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A one-girl show? Hardly.

The so-called supporting cast kept Class 3A top-ranked Benton Community in the game before Madison Weekly warmed up, then Weekly carried the Bobcats home in a 47-46 Wamac Conference West Division girls’ basketball win over Williamsburg at Rivalry Saturday at Washington High School.

“That’s what we’ve done all year,” said Benton Coach Laurie Donald. “It’s team, team, team.”

Weekly, the Bobcats’ all-state junior guard, was 0-for-9 from the field in the first half. Remarkably, Benton (14-0 overall, 9-0 Wamac West) trailed by only four points at intermission.

“When one is down, the others always pick her up,” said Becca Bridgewater. “And we know that even when Madison is down at the beginning, she always gets it done at the end.”

Weekly played a part in Benton’s final 10 points, scoring eight herself and assisting a hoop by Bridgewater. She finished with 17 points, four assists and four steals.

The Bobcats extended their divisional lead to two games in the loss column on second-place Marion. They did it in front of an estimated 1,000 fans in the Rivalry Saturday finale, and they swept the season series from the Raiders (13-3, 7-3) by a combined three points.

Both times, Weekly was key at the end.

Her final points, a 3-pointer with 1:22 left, extended Benton’s lead to 47-43. Tina Lane answered with a long shot to make it 47-46.

Williamsburg had a final chance, but didn’t get off a shot. The Raiders weren’t organized on their final set, and Tina Greiner was called for traveling with a second left.

Greiner led the Raiders with 17 points, making 7 of 9 field-goal tries — including all three of her 3-pointers. She and Lane hit back-to-back 3-pointers within a half-minute to erase a 41-35 deficit, but Williamsburg couldn’t regain the lead.

Lane scored the Raiders’ final eight points and finished with 11. Mackenzie Bigbee added 10.

Bridgewater and Kelsey Brecht scored 10 each for Benton.

BENTON COMMUNITY 47, WILLIAMSBURG 46

At C.R. Washington

WILLIAMSBURG (46): Paige Greiner 7-9 0-0 17, Lindsay Schlabaugh 2-6 0-0 4, Kali Slaymaker 0-0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Bigbee 4-9 2-4 10, Molly Boland 1-4 0-0 2, Tina Lane 4-7 1-2 11, McCall Meade 1-1 0-0 2, Sadie Ritchie 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 19-39 3-6 46.

BENTON COMMUNITY (47): Ashley Mills 1-2 0-0 2, Madison Weekly 5-16 6-8 17, Becca Bridgewater 4-7 0-0 10, Kelsey Brecht 3-7 4-7 10, Sara Petrzelka 1-4 2-2 4, Jordyn Brunssen 1-1 0-0 2, Beth Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Mikayla Larsen 1-1 0-0 2, Ellie Embray 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 16-40 12-17 47.

Halftime: Williamsburg 18, Benton 14. 3-point goals: Williamsburg 5-10 (Greiner 3-3, Boland 0-3, Lane 2-3, Ritchie 0-1), Benton 3-12 (Mills 0-1, Weekly 1-7, Bridgewater 2-4). Team fouls: Williamsburg 16, Benton 12. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Williamsburg 23 (Bigbee 7), Benton 23 (Mills 6). Assists: Williamsburg 15 (Bigbee 5), Benton 10 (Weekly 4). Steals: Williamsburg 9 (Bigbee 3), Benton 9 (Weekly 4). Turnovers: Williamsburg 18, Benton 13.

 

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