Wyalusing out runs Northeast Bradford
LERAYSVILLE - For Wyalusing's Mackenzie Martin it's not unusual for her to finish as the game's leading scorer.
What is a bit unusual is when one of the NTL's top shooters finishes with 23 points and nearly all of them are off the fast break.
With Wyalusing and Northeast Bradford off to the races on a very up-tempo game on Thursday it was the Rams who came out on top with a 70-59 victory.
"It's a lot different, but we still have to play better. There were a lot of fast breaks today. This one was kind of crazy," Martin said. "Usually my points come a lot of different ways with foul shots, layups and three pointers. Today I only had one three it was a lot more layups today."
With Northeast Bradford applying pressure nearly every time Wyalusing inbounded the ball, Martin knew it was key for everyone to stop up and help out.
"It was very important, we all had to be there and be ready, we all had to set screens," Martin said. "Northeast is a respectable team, it was a tough game."
While Martin led the Wyalusing attack with 23 points, she had plenty of help as Kasey DeVoir added 15, Arielle Kneller had 10, Paighton Martin finished with nine, Roni Morrison had seven and Ally DeVoir and Savannah Schools each had three.
"It was a high scoring game, everyone contributed today," Martin said.
Martin thinks one of the big keys was having the stamina to run for the entire 32 minutes.
"That was big, we all had to make sure we stayed healthy."
Wyalusing was hot right at the start as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead, before the Panthers fought back, getting a layup from Angelia Laudermilch and a free throw from Calla Martin and two more from Alyssa Coon to tie the game.
Northeast Bradford then nearly got a steal as Maddy Johnson leaped to intercept a pass, but it bounced off her finger tips to Kasey DeVoir for a Wyalusing layup.
Martin had a layup and DeVoir scored on a putback as Wylausing went up six.
Northeast Bradford cut the deficit to 11-7 and 13-8, but a basket by Martin and a three pointer from Ally DeVoir made it 18-8 after one quarter.
The second quarter, was a back-to-back matchup with Wyalusing going up 34-22 late in the half. Johnson hit a three for the Panthers to close the scoring in the half and the Rams led 34-25 at the break.
In the third, it was the Panthers who came out strong.
After Arielle Kneller put the Rams up 11, Coon hit two free throws and then Coon scored inside to cut the deficit to seven. After Johnson got a steal and a layup, Paighton Martin scored for the Rams to put Wyalusing up 38-31.
However, MaKaylah Holbert hit a three for the Panthers and Northeast was within four.
Kneller and Calla Martin traded baskets, before a basket by Kasey DeVoir made it 42-36 Rams.
After Holbert scored, Roni Morrison answered as Wyalusing went up 44-38, but Calla Martin quickly hit a three for the Panthers and the deficit was down to three at 44-41. That's as close as the Panthers would get in the second half.
Wyalusing hit four free throws to go up 48-41 and after Coon scored for the Panthers to cut the deficit to five, Kasey DeVoir scored and Mackenzie Martin hit a three and the Rams led by 10 entering the fourth.
Makckenzie Martin scored to start the fourth for the Rams, but Holbert hit a three to get the deficit back to nine.
However, the Rams scored the next six points to lead 61-45 before Holbert hit a jumper and Calla Martin and Coon each followed with baskets to make it 61-51.
Kasey DeVoir hit a free throw and Mackenzie Martin had a basket, but Johnson hit a three for the Panthers to make it 64-54.
After a Kasey DeVoir basket, Laudermilch hit a three as the Panthers got within nine at 66-57, but they would get no closer.
Holbert led the Panthers with 13 and Calla Martin, Laudermilch and Johnson each had 11. Coon had six, Lydia Werner had five and Shelby Park had two.
Kneller had 11 rebounds and three steals for the Rams and Paighton Martin had three assists, while Mackenzie Martin and Ally DeVoir each had three steals.
Kasey DeVoir had four steals and four rebounds and Morrison had three blocks and four rebounds.
Calla Martin had eight steals, six assists and four rebounds for the Panthers and Johnson had eight boards, five steals and six assists, while Laudermilch had eight boards, a steal and two assists and Holbert had six rebounds, three steals and an assist.
Wyalusing won the JV game 33-22. Keon Copp led the Rams with nine and Brooke Force and Pam Kelley each had seven.
Werner had 11 points to lead the Panthers and Macy Wilkes had seven.