Wellsboro boys make final of Loyalsock Tourney.

By: Brett R. Crossley | Towanda Daily Review | December 9, 2017


WILLIAMSPORT — It was the earliest of the early season tests as Wellsboro found itself in a 12-point hole midway through the opening quarter of the Loyalsock Tip-off Tournament.

The sizeable deficit was sparked by four consecutive treys from Whitehall to build a 12-point lead. The baskets didn't seem to have much effect on Wellsboro as it ran off six consecutive points to close out the quarter.

The Green Hornets continued to push, scoring 16 straight points to open the second half. The surge put Wellsboro in front and helped it pick up a 62-50 season-opening win over Whitehall. The victory sets Wellsboro up for a final showdown against Loyalsock, which defeated North-Penn Mansfield 82-56 in the night's late game.

"I didn't know much about Whitehall, but it was alarming," Wellsboro coach Todd Outman said. "I told the kids Whitehall shot the ball really well. We believed in our guys and our tempo of play and we just had to hang in there. We had to be ready to just come back."

Nic Ingerick scored 11 points, Brandyn Tuttle scored six and added three rebounds, and Collin Pietropola added four points as the Hornets finished the third quarter up 46–35.

Tuttle played a huge role in the comeback. He finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds for a double-double for his first time on the court for the 2017-18 season.

"I thought Brandyn Tuttle played a huge game for us," Outman said. "He just completely dominated the boards. It was evident in the fourth quarter when I took him out and had to put him right back in the game."

Whitehall started to make a comeback in the middle of the fourth. Tyler Holubowski scored four points off the bench and NaMirr Boatwright chipped in another four for the Zephyrs.

Tuttle hit a bucket and free throw near the 4:30 mark of the final quarter. The three-point play gave Wellsboro a 12-point lead. It also shifted the momentum of the game in favor of the Hornets, who closed out the game to advance to the final.

Loyalsock 82, North Penn-Mansfield 56

WILLIAMSPORT — It was the exact start North Penn-Mansfield wanted to the new season. The Panthers fought their way back into a game against Loyalsock and managed to take a lead into the halftime break. The only problem was the pace didn't keep up as the Lancers scored 31 points through the third quarter.

The Lancers cruised into the fourth and defeated North Penn-Mansfield 82–56 to clinch the opening round of the Loyalsock Tip-off Tournament. The win will set up Loyalsock for a championship game against Wellsboro, which defeated Whitehall 62–50.

"They dug a hole early, we called a timeout, and the team showed some grit," North Penn-Mansfield coach Kipper Burleigh said. "They fought back and started to be patient and got to the line. We shot free throws well.

The Panthers only missed two free throws in the first half, but only attempted seven total in the second half.

When the Panthers were getting the calls the game slowed down, which benefited them. In the second half, Loyalsock's speed took over as Gerald Ross, who finished with a team high 21 points, sparked the Lancers' comeback in the third. Ross scored 12 points in the third quarter as Loyalsock topped out at 31 to take a lead it would not let go of for the rest of the night.

"We just lacked excitement and enthusiasm," Loyalsock coach Ron Insinger said. "We came out like we expected to win and Mansfield really came back with some wind in their sails."

The Panthers scored 19 points in the second quarter and were led by Nick Kasper and Dylan Meyer. Kasper finish with 14 points and Meyer added another 13 points to lead the Panthers offensively.


Wellsboro 52, Muncy 31

Emma Poirier had 25 points to lead the Hornets to the opening round win Friday. Lizzie Poirier added 11 points, Rachael Tuttle had seven, Tory Self netted six while Cathryn Brought added three.

Tuttle added 10 rebounds and three steals while Self had five assists and three steals. Lizzie Poirier and Brought each had four steals in the win. Wellsboro takes on Northwest Area in the title game.