Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wellsville girls scratch 7-year itch

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 3/5/2014

WELLSVILLE — The crowd was loud. You could feel the intensity of the game. It was wretched in the players’ faces.

Neither team wanted to lose. Wellsville and Central Heights high school girls’ team were waging a third battle of the season with last week’s game settled in overtime.

WELLSVILLE — The crowd was loud. You could feel the intensity of the game. It was wretched in the players’ faces.

Neither team wanted to lose. Wellsville and Central Heights high school girls’ team were waging a third battle of the season with last week’s game settled in overtime.

The loser’s season was finished. The two teams were tied after the third quarter.

Wellsville caught some momentum Tuesday and rode it for a 10-0 spurt and held off the Vikings, 49-41, in Wellsville. It was the first sub-state victory in seven years for the Eagles.

Wellsville plays 7:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals at home against top-seeded Council Grove.

“There is not too much difference between us,” Wellsville coach Brock Campbell said. “Three times we have played them and every time it has been a nail-biter. It comes down to who is making shots. They were making shots in the first half.

“We stepped up and made some. The freshmen big girls made some down the stretch. We tried to hang on to the 10-point lead. They were cutting into it. We made free throws at the end and so did they.”

Viking coach Scott Lane said his team lost seven games by 17 points coming into the postseason.

“We were so snakebit in close games,” he said. “You have to learn how to finish games. Nine out of 10 teams would have folded after the losses we had. You want to end on a high note. You don’t always get to do that.

“We are a team that has to be in rhythm. When something throws us off our rhythm, we have a hard time getting back into rhythm. We were in good position. We had it tied in the third quarter.”

Campbell feels the girls program is moving in the right direction.

“We have seven wins last year and we have nine this year,” he said. “We got to host. We won a sub-state game.”

Lane said the Vikings need to get physically stronger in the offseason.

Central Heights (41) — Hayward 2, Markley 10, Meyers 3, Erhart 11, Kraus 15.

Wellsville (49) — Sparks 14, Patton 12, Newhouse 12, Kayhill 11.

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