Petersburg's run ends with 61-41 defeat to Williamstown in AA state quarterfinals

Mar. 8—CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Petersburg's run of Class AA Final Four trips ended at three Wednesday, as the seventh-seeded Vikings were silenced by second-seeded Williamstown, 61-41, in the state quarterfinals.

The Vikings (15-10), making their fourth straight appearance at states, fell behind 19-6 after the first quarter and never recovered. Williamstown (20-4) led 28-18 at the half and 53-36 after three.

"Very few people can say their season has ended at the state tournament every year, and this is a special group of kids," Petersburg head coach Jon Webster said of his senior class.

Sam Colaw tallied 13 points and six rebounds for Petersburg, hitting a pair of 3-pointers. Two other Vikings, Addison Kitzmiller and Abby Alt, also made a pair of triples.

Alt added 10 points, Nellie Whetzel had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Kitzmiller chipped in seven points.

Six-foot-2 forward Faith Pickens scored a game-high 21 points for Williamstown and pulled down 13 rebounds for a double-double. She hit all eight of her free throws.

"We knew we had to because we felt that was something they had no answer for," Williamstown head coach Fred Sauro said. "We want to get the ball inside a lot and a couple of our offenses are designed specifically to get the ball to the post. We ran those a lot today."

Akhia Miller and Arissa Burt also scored in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.