The Wellsboro Lady Hornets will enter the District IV Class AAA playoffs on a hot streak. After three straight wins the Lady Hornets earned a win in their first matchup in the NTL showdown with North Penn-Mansfield. The Lady Hornets held North Penn-Mansfield to 34 points over four quarters to win by 16 points, 50-34.
Emma Poirier led the Lady Hornets with 28 points in the win. Poirier came up big in the fourth quarter with 15 points.
Liza Manning was the second leading scorer for Wellsboro finishing the night with 10 points.
The Lady Tigers JoAnne McNamara was held to just 10 points on the night.
Jaime Palmer added 11 points for North Penn-Mansfield in the loss.
Wellsboro advanced to the finals where they would face Sayre. The Lady Redskins have been a force this season, touting a 17-5 record heading into the finals matchup with Wellsboro.
The first was a back and forth battle. Sayre led by three points after the first quarter.
The Lady Hornets responded in the second quarter by matching Sayre with 11 points. Sayre led at halftime 26-23.
Wellsboro took control in the second half holding the Lady Redskins to just 14 points over the final two quarters. The Lady Hornets outscored Sayre 30-14 to win the NTL Showdown championship 53-40. Cathryn Brought led the Lady Hornets in the second half with 11 points.
Poirier finished the night with 23 points for Wellsboro.
Brought finished with 15.
Manning was just shy of double digits with nine points for the Lady Hornets.
The Lady Hornets strong finish to the regular season bodes well for the girls as they prepare for the District IV Class AAA playoffs.
Wellsboro heads to east Juniata Friday to face off with the Lady Tigers. East Juniata finished the regular season 16-6 and won five of their last six games.
The Lady Hornets will need to rely on the successful team play that helped them finish the season on a five game win streak. Poirier and Brought will be key contributors and vital to Wellsboro’s success.