By: Ed Weaver | NTL Sports | February 20, 2021
Coming off a tough week where they lost two out of three games, the Wellsboro Varsity Boys Basketball team rebounded to beat a tough South Williamsport team 54-44 on Friday, February 19.
South Williamsport won 13 of the last 14 games until the Hornets handed them their loss and moved them up a spot in the PIAA District IV Class AAA playoff standings.
"Great team win at South," head coach Steve Adams said. "We finished well and went 7-8 from the line. Total team win. The boys prepared well for this game and responded well to how we want to play."
Wellsboro started the night out leading 11-9 after the opening quarter then opened the lead up to 25-12 at the half after holding the Mounties to just 3 points in the quarter. South Williamsport closed the gap coming out of intermission, but the Hornets still won the quarter 14-12 to lead 39-24 entering the final frame. The Mounties made a run and cut into Wellsboro's lead but the Hornets prevailed from the foul line down the stretch, shooting 5-of-6 to seal the win.
Junior Isaac Keane led Wellsboro with 15 points and junior Liam Manning had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Darryn Callahan and sophomore Conner Adams both scored 8 points, and Adams made two key foul shots late in the fourth quarter. Junior Drew Manning and freshman Hayes Campbell added 4 points each and sophomore Peyton McClure rounded out the scoring with a point.
Callahan added 11 rebounds to his point total while Adams made 5 assists and Keane also grabbed 6 rebounds.
In the JV game the Hornets fell to South Williamsport 47-39. Campbell and freshman Caden Smith led Wellsboro with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The win improves the Hornets to 11-3 overall while the stay at 10-3 in the NTL Large School Division. The team is back in action at rival North Penn-Mansfield on Monday to start their final week of the regular season.
Ed Weaver is the owner of Circle W Sports in Wellsboro, PA, is the Sports Director for The Home Page Network and the creator of WellsboroAthletics.com and WellsboroFootball.com. You can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.