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Williston's girls saw their winning ways interrupted by Ocala Trinity Catholic Monday night, losing 62-49 to a team they had beaten in a tight matchup earlier this season.
The Lady Red Devils were playing without Margaret Brown, who injured her arm and, according to coach Jason Odom, is likely out until after Christmas, when WHS plays in a tournament in Belleview.
This game was pretty much decided at the free throw line. A disturbing lack of parity in the foul calls sent the Celtics to the stripe 37 times, and they made 20.
Williston took 20 shots and made only nine.
From the floor Trinity outscored Williston 41-40.
Williston never led in this one. The Celtics' Rebecca Stoner hit a three-pointer to start the game. It took two minutes for WHS to hit the board on a short jumper by Erica Mason, but then the Celtics scored six in a row and only a three by Mason and a free throw by Kaetta Jackson put points up that quarter.
The second period was a disaster as Trinity outscored Williston, 22-6. Amanda Ingrilli, Marion County's leading scorer, had 10 of her 19 points in that period, and at one point the Celtics had 10 free throws in a row, sinking eight. The only points for Williston were a three-point play by Simone Cannady, a layup by Mason and a free throw by Jackson.
The second half was much better from a scoring standpoint, although the fouls continued to pile up. In the third period the Celtics scored 15 to Williston's 13.
In the final period the Lady Devils finally made a run, outscoring the Celtics 24-14 but could never get closer than 13. Mason had a pair of three-pointers, Kim Dobbins had three buckets, Cannady had four points and Kene Mincey and Mallary Brochetti each had a basket. Heather Porter had some strong play under the boards during the surge.
The Lady Devils play at P.K. Yonge tonight (Thursday), then are idle until the tournament.