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By: Chance Cook | Towanda Daily Review | February 16, 2014 | Photo courtesy Chance Cook


2014 Wellsboro vs. Towanda Boys BasketballMANSFIELD - The Wellsboro Hornets claimed the NTL crown Saturday night by defeating the Towanda Black Knights by a final score of 56-47.

In each of the previous two meetings between the two schools Towanda had come out on top.

"We gave up the first two, but we knew the third time was the charm," Wellsboro junior Kieron Smethers said.

After falling behind 16-13 after the first quarter, the Hornets muscled their way into the lead with strong play under the basket, out-rebounding Towanda 43-29 over the course of the game.

Noah Wheeler led Towanda out of the gates, shooting 3-for-5 from three point range. Wheeler finished with 12 points on 4-for-13 shooting from three.

The first lead for the Hornets came at the 4:48 mark of the second quarter with Michael Pietropola hitting a pair of free throws to put Wellsboro up 21-19. Pietropola finished with 15 points and four rebounds.

Starting with a Smethers layup, Wellsboro put together a 7-0 run at the 6:30 mark of the third to begin to put the game away. Smethers finished the game with 10 points, 17 rebounds, and four blocks.

After trading baskets for the remainder of the quarter, Joey Doganiero hit a jumper to give Wellsboro a 39-30 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Doganiero finished the game with 11 points.

Wellsboro got their first double digit lead of the game on a Pietropola layup to start the fourth. Noah Huff answered with a fade away jumper to cut the lead back to nine, but a Pietropola three-point play on Wellsboro's next trip down the court put the lead back to eleven.

Huff led Towanda with 19 points and five assists in the game.

Towanda struggled to penetrate the Hornets' defense and settled for outside shots for the rest of the quarter. They failed to find a rhythm offensively and finished the game shooting 6-for-36 from three point range.

"We knew that we had to contest Rodenhizer and Huff. We knew the other kids would shoot threes. If they made threes, then so be it, but we didn't want (Rodenhizer and Huff) to beat us," head coach Todd Outman said.

For Wellsboro, Dawson Prough finished with eight points, Dylan Prough tallied 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Jake Mitchell chipped in with one point.

For Towanda, David Rodenhizer finished with 14 and 11 rebounds, Garrett Mosier totaled a rebound and a block, Bailey Potter grabbed two rebounds, Lij Griffith grabbed two boards and Nick Place scored two points and grabbed two rebounds.

"The kids are peaking at the right time, and coming into districts, that's when you want to be playing your best basketball," Outman said.

Both teams await the start of districts, against opponents and at dates to be determined. Towanda is likely to host South Williamsport, while Wellsboro will likely be at Lewisburg.