Williamson tops Wellsboro to clinch NTL West title
TIOGA JUNCTION - The Thursday night girls' basketball matchup between the Wellsboro Hornets and home team Williamson Warriors had NTL West league title implications for both teams. If the Warriors won, they'd stand alone as NTL West champions. If the rival Hornets won, the two teams would have moved into a tie.
Despite a four point advantage heading into the fourth quarter for Wellsboro, the Warriors proved too much for the Hornets as they knocked off their rival to claim the NTL West crown, 50-41.
Williamson started the scoring in the first quarter, scoring eleven unanswered before Wellsboro got their first two points at the 2:53 mark of the first quarter. Wellsboro would add another bucket before the end of the quarter to make the score 11-4 heading into the second.
The Hornets would own the second quarter though with a run of their own, as a 10-2 run gave the Hornets their first lead of the game with 5:42 to play in the half.
"We didn't sustain the intensity (from the first quarter)," Williamson Head Coach Corey Mosher said. "We started to hang our heads when we dipped in the second quarter."
A Mackenzie Marple three pointer gave the Hornets a seven point advantage that would be their largest lead of the night. After the two teams traded buckets Williamson's Lori Horton hit a layup with seconds to play in the half to cut the deficit to 22-17. Horton tallied fourteen points, thirteen rebounds and seven blocks for the Warriors in the win.
The third quarter broke the trend of trading runs as the two teams traded buckets throughout the quarter. Williamson's Cheyenne Jones led the third quarter scoring for the Warriors with six of the team's eleven points in the quarter. Jones finished the game with eight points, six rebounds, five assists and eight steals.
Wellsboro lost their four point lead early in the fourth quarter, as Williamson's Kim Daugherty converted a three point play that tied the game at 34 with 5:57 to play. Daugherty led all scorers with 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Jones gave the Warrior's their first lead since the second quarter with a running jump shot with 4:22 to play in the game, and the lead would not be challenged again.
For the Warriors, Jenna Hugic scored five points and grabbed four rebounds, and Jamie Cook chipped in with three points, four assists and three steals.
Marple led Wellsboro with 20 points while Jordan Butters added seven. Kiana Acron netted six, Sarah Ingerick four while Jada Jackson and Hannah Zuchowski had two points a piece.
Before the game, Williamson celebrated senior night, and Mosher used the fact that the game was the last home game for his seniors as motivation. "I asked them, 'how do you want your senior night to end?'" he said.
Williamson took on the challenge of winning their final home game, and ended their night cutting down the net to celebrate their NTL West title.
"It was a great game played by both teams," Mosher added. "Wellsboro played a great game and never gave up. They are well coached. I give the Wellsboro players credit for hustling and out-rebounding us last night. However, we played a great team game of basketball and in the fourth quarter and crunch time we were able to come through in the clutch and finish some big plays and hit some key free throws."