Hornets Season Ends Against Loyalsock

Wellsboro falls in DIV consolation double header against Loyalsock

by Ed Weaver – March 6, 2017

Girls’ Game

The Wellsboro Varsity Girls Basketball team’s season came to an end in a 54-43 loss to Loyalsock on Saturday, March 4.

“I’m very proud,” said head coach John Davis. “We fought hard all year long, and I told the girls in the locker room to be proud. We didn’t win tonight we’re playing at the level of teams that are state ranked. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The Lady Hornets found themselves in a 6-0 hole before senior Autum Kitajima cut the lead in half with a three-pointer, but their struggles continued as they only made one more basket the entire first quarter. Loyalsock closed the quarter on a 4-2 run to lead 10-5.

The Lady Lancers built an 11-point lead midway through the second quarter before Wellsboro finally started making shots. Junior Lizzie Poirier scored 9 points, after being held scoreless in the first, and sister Emma Poirier scored 4 to keep Loyalsock’s lead to under 10 points. The Lancers led 27-18 at the half.

Wellsboro rallied in the third to cut Loyalsock’s lead to 7 points. Two quick buckets by Lizzie Poirier and senior Janessa Davis cut the lead to 27-23. Wellsboro could never get closer than three points for the rest of the quarter.

Loyalsock waited until the fourth quarter to score the most points, as they outscored Wellsboro 16-12. Loyalsock got up by as many as 13 before Wellsboro whittled it back down to 10, but the Loyalsock managed to keep that gap the rest of the game to take third place in the district and end the Lady Hornets’ season.

Maddie Fox led Loyalsock with 17 points, Sam Stopper scored 11, and Charlotte Neylan and Sarah Van Fleet scored 10 points each.

Lizzie Poirier led Wellsboro with 17 points, Kitajima had 9, Emma Poirier finished with 7, Davis had 6, and junior Rachael Tuttle added 4. Tuttle finished with 12 rebounds, Lizzie Poirier grabbed 7, and Davis grabbed 6. Lizzie Poirier and Davis each finished with 3 assists.

Saturday’s game marks the end of the careers of Davis, Kitajima, and Jessica Grab. Davis finished with 236 career points, 152 rebounds, 145 assists, and 101 steals. Kitajima scored 205 career points, had 150 assists, and 113 rebounds, and Grab scored 241 points, had 82 assists, and 142 rebounds.

The future is bright for Wellsboro basketball, as the Lady Hornets return their top three scoring leaders. Lizzie Poirier finished the season with 336 points, Emma Poirier finished with 197, and Tuttle finished with 184. Tuttle’s 12 rebounds in her final game of the season gives her 334 for the year, the most in Wellsboro Girls Basketball history for a single season*. She currently has 668 career rebounds.

“We’re not going to change up too much,” Davis said looking ahead to next year. “We’re going to hit the gym in the off-season, I’ll give them a break here and then we’ll start doing some open gyms, then it’s time to get ready for next year. It was a fun year, and the girls accomplished a lot.”

Wellsboro ends the season with a 17-10 record.

Boys’ Game

A fourth-quarter rally by the Wellsboro Boys Basketball team fell short in the 41-36 loss to Loyalsock on Saturday, March 4 in the District IV Class AAA consolation game.

Loyalsock held the Hornets’ to their lowest point total of the entire 2016-17 season.

The Hornets found themselves trailing 8-0 in the first quarter before senior Jacob Singer hit two three-pointers to get the Hornets on the scoreboard with just under three minutes remaining in the opening quarter. Despite the poor shooting, and 4 early turnovers, Loyalsock led 9-6.

The Lancers built their lead to 10 points midway through the second quarter, then Wellsboro’s big men took over. Junior Collin Pietropola and sophomore Brandyn Tuttle scored all 7 of the Hornets’ points in the quarter to trail 20-13 at halftime.

Wellsboro’s third quarter woes continued as the Hornets managed just six points, while Loyalsock scored 12. Five more turnovers in the quarter gave the Lancers a double-digit lead as the fourth quarter started. Trailing 32-19, the Hornets switched up their defense, causing Loyalsock to turn the ball over, and led to Wellsboro outscoring the Lancers in the final quarter.

Shots by senior Alden Weiner and Pietropola sparked Wellsboro, then Tuttle and junior Dalton Prough got the Hornets to within 11 points midway through the quarter. A three by Singer cut the lead to 7 with just over a minute remaining and Wellsboro got the score to 4 points, but then Loyalsock made three foul shots in the closing seconds to close out the win and qualify for the PIAA state tournament.

“The boys never give up,” said head coach Todd Outman. “The seniors really wanted to extend their high school career and it’s just unfortunate that we came up short. We got down by 12 and they could’ve folded and made it worse, but they fought back to within four or five and it just happend to stay there. They (Loyalsock) made some free throws and once again silly mistakes, and you can’t do that this time of year.”

Gerald Ross led all scorers with 17 points, and was the game’s only scorer in double figures. Singer and Pietropola both finished with 9 points for Wellsboro, Prough had 8, Tuttle added 6 off the bench, and Weiner and junior Nic Ingerick scored two points each. Tuttle finished with 12 rebounds, Pietropola had 7 rebounds and 3 assists, Weiner had 2 rebounds, Prough had 2 assists and 1 steal, and Singer had 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Junior Quinn Henry had 1 rebound and 2 assists and sophomore Andrew Brelo recorded an assist.

The loss not only ends the Hornets’ season, but ends the careers of Singer, Weiner, and Brandon Lamphier.

Singer finshes third all-time in Wellsboro Basketball history* with three-pointers made (120). Singer scored 580 career points, 64 assists, 34 blocks, 75 steals, and 212 rebounds. Lamphier ended his career with 399 points, 137 assists, 7 blocks, 89 steals, and 206 rebounds. Weiner scored 288 points, had 22 assists, 36 blocks, 33 steals, and 208 rebounds.

“They’re a great bunch of kids,” Outman said of his three seniors. “I think all three of them played AAU the last couple of summers and put a lot of time in to get us to this type of situation and I’m not so sure we would’ve gotten here without their leadership. The had a good four years in the Wellsboro basketball program, they’ve continued the success we had and hopefully the underclassmen can keep it going”

Wellsboro ends the season 21-6.

Credits:
Videography: Tyler Burgett
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: Ed Weaver
Anchor: Ed Weaver
Correspondent: Sam Moss

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