Girls Basketball | Wellsville defenses Sebring down the stretch, defeats Trojans 34-30

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Sebring McKinley's Blake Thomas works in the paint in a game against Wellsville during their game on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Thomas had 23 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Trojans.
Sebring McKinley's Blake Thomas works in the paint in a game against Wellsville during their game on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Thomas had 23 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Trojans.

SEBRING — The Sebring girls basketball team dropped a tough setback Wednesday night as visiting Wellsville held the Trojans over the final 3:31 to post a 34-30 win.

“We just didn’t finish enough,” said Sebring (2-13) coach Sam Mathias. “I think we missed our first four or five easy shots. That’s momentum right there and gets you going but we were just kind of spinning our tires, but we’ll get back after it tomorrow and see what happens.

“We were stepping to the foul line and I think we were 7-of-23,” continued Mathias. “We had no confidence going to the foul line. You could see it. Mistakes are going to happen, but we have to forget about that one and go make the next play.’

“It was exciting, very exciting,” said Wellsville (4-15) coach Corey Creamer of the win. “I was super proud, we played great stifling defense, held them to one shot and got the ball in transition.”

Leading Sebring in scoring was guard Devyn Reggi, who tied for game-scoring honors with 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Teammates Mallory Harshman, Delaney Reggi and Blake Thomas added six, five and five points, respectively.

Sebring McKinley's Alexis Byrd grabs a rebound in front of Wellsville's Amiyah Powell Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at McKinley High School.
Sebring McKinley's Alexis Byrd grabs a rebound in front of Wellsville's Amiyah Powell Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at McKinley High School.

The loss spoiled an outstanding night on the boards for Thomas, who had 23 rebounds and five blocked shots.

“She rebounded well and played hard,” said Mathias of Thomas. “She was getting attacked every time she got a rebound and I thought she was very strong with the ball while getting it out to the guards.”

Wellsville, which featured a tall front line, was led by guard Kaylee Rawson with 10 points, while Bella Poppelriter and Sam Drysdale added eight points each.

“We’re young as it is, we have a lot of freshmen and sophomores who were just able to play together as a team and overcome,” said Creamer.

The game featured five lead changes, as Sebring went out to a 6-3 lead after one, Wellsville outscored the Trojans 11-3 in the second quarter to take a 14-8 advantage at halftime. Sebring responded by out-pointing the Tigers 14-8 in the third frame as the game was tied at 22-22 entering the fourth period.

Sebring McKinley's Delaney Reggi shoots in a game against Wellsville Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at McKinley High School.
Sebring McKinley's Delaney Reggi shoots in a game against Wellsville Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at McKinley High School.

The Trojans took their last lead at 26-24 following a layup by Devyn Reggi with 6:14 remaining in the contest. Wellsville went on a mini 6-3 run and led 30-27 before Devyn Reggi tied the game with a 3-pointer with 3:31 left.

But Wellsville stepped up its defense in the closing minutes, holding Sebring scoreless, while offensively, the Tigers’ Elaina Weekley gave the visitors the lead for good at 32-30 when she converted a short hoop with a little over a minute left. The Tigers then got an insurance basket with just 10 seconds remaining when Sam Drysdale hit a short fielder from the right side to secure the win.

“Drysdale played great down the stretch,” said Creamer. “She started boxing out, started rebounding and getting those put backs which was awesome.”

Sebring McKinley's Blake Thomas secures a rebound in a game against Wellsville Wednesday, January 26, 2022.
Sebring McKinley's Blake Thomas secures a rebound in a game against Wellsville Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

This article originally appeared on The Alliance Review: The Wellsville Tigers defeated the Sebring Trojans in girls basketball

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